Ateliers d'Art de France

Collection

Wen Tien


In Asia, where I come from, an empty space is as valuable as a full one, a sign can change a shape and a shape can transform a sign. I am therefore naturally inspired by contours, profiles, lines, curves, circles, squares, domes, flat surfaces, and fullness contrasted with emptiness. I play with shapes but I don’t choose them, they impose themselves on me as I work. I ensure that my pieces are not functional and I even close them up to ensure that they are not seen as objects with a purpose.

I create smoked objects that look like bronze. The light tints of the enamel contrast with the ashen colours of raku, like gloss and matt, satiny and smooth, rough and cracked. My main inspirations are black and white.

I am fascinated by the conflicts between automation and controlled chance, accidents, paradoxical shapes. My benchmarks are a bit like those of a photographer in a lab, working with negatives and waiting for revelation. For me, it is fire that produces revelation.

I always feel the need to make these pieces bigger, to work towards the monumental and with new materials, to mix wood, clay, bronze, resin, etc. 

Wen Tien
Ceramist, born in 1963
Lives and works in Montpellier, France

Main exhibitions

2017

  • L’Art en Boi?te, Be?ziers, France

  • Accords Majeurs, Paris, France
  • La Nef, Montpellier, France

2016

  • Avec ou sans préméditation, Paris, France

2014

  • French Art Tour, Ateliers d’art de France - Liuli Museum, Shanghai, China

2013

  • Revelations Biennial, Paris, France
  • Collection Piet Moget, Lieu d'Art Contemporain (L.A.C), Narbonne, France
  • Galerie Caroline Tresca, Paris, France

2011

  • Artnim 11, Galerie Cinequanon (Londres-UK), Ni?mes, France

2009

  • Salon d'Art contemporain, L'isle sur Sorgue, France

2008

  • Craft, Maison et Objet, Paris, France
  • The furniture and the Contempory object, Salon de l'Ode?on, Paris, France

2007

  • Puro Arte 07, Internationale Contemporary Art Fair, Vigo, Espagne

2005

  • Artifact 05, Bruges, Belgium

2004

  • Raku, Centre culturel Franco-Japonais, Espace Hattori, Paris, France

Public and private Collections 

2013

  • Louis Vuitton Architecture Department, Japan 

2011

  • Lieu d'Art Contemporain (L.A.C) - Collection Piet Moget, Narbonne, France

2009

  • Centre culturel de Tursan, Cite? de la Fai?ence, Samadet, France

2007

  • Galeria arte in galeria, Lisbonne, Portugal

2003

  • Ville de Montpellier, France

Residencies 

2016

  • Parc culturel de la ce?ramique de Shigaraki, Japon

2004

  • Tuileries de Pouligny, Cheniers, France

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