About

Melding the spirit of the Abstract Expressionists with a taste for calligraphic mark making that borders on the gleefully obsessive, Wayne Mok is a painter who wears his influences visibly on his canvas, yet he also poses new questions aplenty in his work.

 

Born in Hong Kong, Mok is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute and of the California College of Arts. He has exhibited worldwide - including "Burning Bright" in London, curated by Rebecca Wilson, director of Saatchi Gallery. His paintings have been featured in publications such as Elle Decoration, GQ, Living Etc, House and Gardens, the Sunday Times magazine and on the cover of Viewpoint. He was also selected as one of the top 20 artists to watch by Art Business News Magazine. 

 

Mixing Western artistic mores with Eastern craft skills, Mok creates.

Wayne Mok

 

 

Born 1962 in Hong Kong. 

 

Education

 

2002-2003

San Francisco Art Institute. Post baccalaureate certificate.

1998-2001

California College of the Arts, San Francisco. BFA (Painting)

1994-1998

Academy of Art University, San Francisco. BFA (Painting)

Director’s choice award. Spring show 1998

 

Selected exhibitions/ projects

 

2018

Spring exhibition. JP Art Gallery, London

 

2017

Group exhubition. Battersea Art Gallery, London

 

2016

Insight. JP Art Gallery, London

 

2015

Saatchi Art presents: Pattern Play. Helms Bakery District, Los Angeles

Installation at Gordon Ramsay’s London House, London

Summer exhibition. JP Art Gallery, London

Installation at Thompson’s Belgraves, London

 

2014

Studioilse Installation for Vitra/Artek. VitraHaus, Weil-am-Rhein

Before You Go. Jeffrey Meier Gallery, Lambertville

Group exhibition. Kissing In Traffic, London

Wells Art Contemporary. Wells and Mendip Museum, Wells

Group exhibition. JP Art Gallery, London

Cherry Bomb. Jeffrey Meier Gallery, Lambertville

Group exhibition. Blackheath Contemporary Art Galllery, London

Art Karlsruhe. Karlsruhe Trade Fair Center, Karlsruhe

Summer exhibition. Dulwich Contemporary Art Gallery, London 

Rumspringa. Jeffrey Meier Gallery, Lambertville

 

2013

Burning Bright. (Curated by Rebecca Wilson, Director of Saatchi Gallery) 

   The Churchill, London

The Other Art Fair. The Old Truman Brewery, London

Art auction and exhibition. Dulwich Contemporary Art Gallery, London

Three Painters. Romeo Jones, London

For Always. Everyman, London

Group exhibition. JP Art Gallery, London

 

2012 

A Year In Painting. Victory Gallery, Portland

East West Art Award. La Galleria Pall Mall, London

Mind Wandering Magic. Lloyd Gill Gallery, Weston-Super-Mare

New Artist Fair. The Old Truman Brewery, London

The Other Art fair. Ambika P3, London

Vivid Identities. Victory Gallery, Portland

 

2011

ArtNW10. Northwest Studios, London

 

2010

Salon Art Bizarre. La Galleria Pall Mall, London

Group Exhibition. Gallery 118, London

Notting Hill Visual Arts Festival. Tabernacle Gallery, London 

Group Exhibition. Gallery Fumi, Porto Cervo

Untitled Art Fair. Chelsea Town Hall, London

Art Bin. South London Gallery, London

 

2009

Solo Exhibition. Yard, London

Homage To Homage. Pedro Mendoza Paton Space, London

 

2008

Reflections On Desire. Gallery Fumi, London

 

2007

This Is About You. The Gallery, Dagenham Center, London

 

2005 

Windows Beneath The Pillow. Il Bottaccio Space, London

 

2003

Group Exhibition. Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco

 

2002

Absent/Veiled. (Curator) Big Pagoda Gallery, San Francisco

Hands On/Off. (Curator) Big Pagoda Gallery, San Francisco

 

2001

Group exhibition. Tecoah Bruce Gallery, San Francisco

Luscious. Club Six, San Francisco

 

2000

Group Exhibition. Centre Gallery, San Francisco

Opposites. Big Pagoda Gallery, San Francisco

My paintings are series of exploration, not an attempt at perfection or a finite end result. Each series in turn is a new journey rather than the seeking of improvement or betterment. These micro and macro stories are incantations not prescriptions. Art history and personal history meld in each series and in every piece. The down mark of the brush can create a line that resonates with Chinese calligraphy or one that could well be lifted straight from a DeKooning painting. The same mark can denote a musing on love, a question about faith or a moment of desire.

 

Passion and sense of longing is never far from my creative practice, with desire being a major motivation within my art work and reflection of this desire being apparent on the canvas. My work is inspired by the motivation to create objects that reflect a certain truth, harmony or beauty, with my evocation of the work of others being a part of my desire to possess.

 

This craving for pleasure and possession is, for me, as much about spiritual interest as it is about human nature, with the struggle to square desire with fulfilment, both physical and spiritual, being at the core of artistic endeavour, faith and philosophy. Repetition on canvas becomes a Buddhist chant and takes on an almost meditative effect in this battle with will, unrequited love and the empty canvas.

This area of desire is such a double-edged sword, at once conjuring up a utopian happiness yet having the potential to deliver only embitterment and disappointment. Spiritual enlightenment has never been mooted as being attainable through giving in to desire, which is only ever seen in the negative in religion and in high thinking. There is an idea that nothing good can ever come from wanting, yet without it we are not human. Without dreams and optimism we cannot create beauty.

My work explores this area through process, examining the catharsis of creation and channelling of energy into work in order to both sublimate and investigate these notions of longing and wanting. As the great philosophers have found, there is no one solution to this question of love, lust and desire or the joy and trouble it brings, but my work will continue making the search, making the marks and creating new stories, one brush mark at a time.

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