YU WAI-LUEN FRANCIS
余偉聯

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YU Wai-luen

Francis YU Wai-luen was born and raised in Hong Kong. He went overseas to study art and received his BFA in visual arts at York University in Toronto. And after that he pursued the study of a MA in painting at the Royal College of Art in London and furthered the study of a PhD in practice and theory of painting at China Academy of Art in Hangzhou.

"I attempt in my works to transform painting into a 'scene', making it coexist with others, like texts, objects and the surrounding vibe, and representing these all as a whole." said Francis in reference to his works.

The combination of images, texts, objects and the ambience interested Francis most; he perceives painting not as a mere thing but an extended scene set up for bringing them together while each claims as much a part to constitute a totality.

Francis Yu attempts to expand the boundaries of painting yet valuing its entity and qualities. Over the last two decades, he has been exploring painting with different series of works. He has taken part in over fifty group exhibitions at local and overseas institutions, and has also exhibited in ten solo exhibitions at different venues in Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Hong Kong and Mainland China.

Francis Yu teaches painting and drawing and is an Assistant Professor at the Academy of Visual Arts.





 

余偉聯出生及成長於香港,其後遠赴加拿大多倫多升學,於約克大學畢業,主修視覺藝術,之後以獎學金入讀倫敦皇家藝術學院,獲取繪畫碩士學位,回港後於香港藝術學院任教多年,隨後再往杭州中國美術學院油畫系研習,獲取繪畫實踐與理論研究博士學位,論文題目為《走向總體繪畫》。2009年加入香港浸會大學視覺藝術院,任職助理教授,主要講授繪畫和素描創作。

余偉聯一直專注於繪畫創作,作品糅合圖像、語言文字、現成物和環境狀況,嘗試將平面的單幅繪畫構築成多元的立體情景。近年致力以繪畫作為主軸的跨媒介創作,探討繪畫如何「自處」及跟其他東西「共處」。

二十多年來,先後在加拿大、英國、澳洲、香港及內地舉辦合共十次個展,亦經常應邀參與本地及海外舉辦的藝術聯展,包括香港藝術館《當代香港藝術雙年展1998》、《蘇富比國際年青藝術家2000》歐美及中東巡迴展、香港文化博物館《亞洲拼圖》、北京中國美術館《第三屆中國油畫大展》、日本福岡亞洲美術館《第十九屆亞洲國際藝術展覽會》、《香港藝術中心三十周年展覽》、杭州西湖當代美術館《在水面上散步》及上海劉海粟美術館《香港與一個世界》等。