Walasse Ting was a Chinese-American
painter, graphic artist, sculptor, and poet. He is well known
for his very colorful and vibrant work depicting women, animals,
Wallasse Ting was born on October 13, 1929 in Shanghai, China.
There he studied for a short time at the Shanghai Art
Institute. At the Institute he learned various Chinese art
forms and water color.
When he was seventeen he left Shanghai to live in Hong Kong for a
brief period of time. There he practiced creating water colours
and sold them at a local bookstore.
In 1952, Walasse Ting left Hong Kong to go
to Paris to study French art. He arrived in France penniless
and without any friends. Living in France he formed friendships
with Pierre Alechinsky, a Belgian painter, Karel Appel, a Dutch
painter and sculptor, and Asger John, a Danish painter and
sculptor. These artists were members of an Avant-Garde artistic
group called COBRA.
During this period of his life, he studied the works of Picasso
and of the Expressionist movement. He worked on his style
during this period of time, using acrylics with a flamboyant and
colorful touch, looking almost like water color.
After six years Wallasse Ting, left France to
study and practice in New York. There he continued to refine
and work on his trademark style. During this time he also met
and befriended Sam Francis, an artist of the Abstract
Expressionist school. Together the two collaborated quite a bit
and also produced “One Cent Life”, a collection of 62
lithographs from 28 artists including Andy Warhol, Roy
Lichenstein, Tom Wesselmann, James Rosenquist, Asger Jorn, and
Karel Appel. In addition to his painting, at this time he
also self-taught himself to be a sculptor and a poet. Wallasse
produced art, poetry, and sculpture.
In 1970 Wallasse Ting won the Guggenheim
Fellowship Award for drawing.
In 1986/1987 Wallasse purchased a studio in
Amsterdam, whose trees and canals remind him of his roots of
Hangzhou’s West Lake in China. From that point on, he traveled
back and forth from New York and Amsterdam.
After a severe brain hemorrhage in 2002 he was no longer able to
continue his artistic career. He was transferred from Netherland
to New York and passed away in 2010 at the age of 80.