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Weimin He

Weimin He

Weimin He (PhD, ARE) is currently the artist-in-residence in the University of Oxford’s Estates Directorate, creating artworks that reflect the development of the University’s Radcliffe Observatory Quarter (ROQ) and the new Bodleian site. He is also the tutor for the Saturday morning life drawing class at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. Born in northeast China, Weimin studied both Chinese and western painting in the Fine Art Department of Harbin Normal University. He then studied for a postgraduate qaulification in printmaking in The Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang. In 1999, after working eight years as a professional artist in the Heilongjiang Provincial Printmaking Institute, he received a scholarship from the Muban Foundation (now the Muban Educational Trust) which enabled him to travel to the UK to study printmaking in the University of Ulster in Belfast. He was awarded a DPhil degree in 2005 and the same year was appointed as the Christensen Research Fellow in Chinese Painting at the Ashmolean Museum where he was responsible for the acquisition of contemporary Chinese prints on behalf of the Museum, a result of which was the exhibition Chinese Prints 1950 – 2006 in the Ashmolean Museum which he co-curated with Shelagh Vainker. As a printmaker, Weimin has practiced in both woodblock printmaking and lithography, his work often depicting scenes of everyday life in town and countryside, landscapes and portraits with both the brush and the cutting knife. His style is bold and innovative, using broad and vivid strokes with sharp outlines to produce black and white imagery. Inspired by traditional Chinese seal cutting and calligraphy, he has created his individual style, portraying contemporary scenes of both Britain and China. Weimin’s works have been exhibited internationally during the last two decades, he was awarded the Lu Xun Prize by the Chinese Printmakers Association in 1999 in recognition of his achievements in printmaking. His work is represented in many public and private collections, including The British Museum, The Ashmolean Museum, The Portland (Oregon) Museum and The China National Gallery in Beijing.

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The Third MET Printmaking Award Result

The winners of the Third MET Printmaking Award were announced on 14 February… Read more

Feb 15th 2018


Chinese printmakers working with students at Eton College

The Muban Educational Trust and Xuyuan’s exhibition of contemporary Chinese woodblock prints continues… Read more

Sep 28th 2017


Printing with Water – MET and Xuyuan Exhibition at Eton College Opens

The MET and Xuyuan exhibition, Printing with Water, opened at Eton College’s Drawing… Read more

Sep 25th 2017


Printing with Water – MET’s exhibition at Eton College

The Muban Educational Trust and Xuyuan Printmaking Centre in Beijing are jointly presenting… Read more

Sep 17th 2017


Muban Workshop at the China Exchange

On May 4th, the Muban Educational Trust and the China Exchange jointly presented… Read more

Jun 9th 2017

Yang Keyang 杨可扬

Cityscapes: The Changing Faces of China

As part of the London Crafts Week, in collaboration with China Exchange, a… Read more

May 1st 2017