王川，1953年生于四川成都，1982年毕业于四川美术学院中国画系。现工作生活于深圳、纽约。 王川是 “伤痕美术” 的代表人物。他早年猎足写实绘画，并斩获颇丰，在1985年新浪潮时期转向抽象艺术的创作。90年代末，王川身患恶疾却实现了顿悟式的转折，将创作带到了另一高度。这也让他的绘画变成个人心灵的修行。他近年的作品潜藏着能量底蕴，通过大小、虚实、粗细、点线面的对比及形态的呈现，往往给人们接近于精神体验般的感受。这种自省和治疗式的创作因艺术家的个人遭遇而起，却意外地让艺术家更为本能地接近深层文化的交流，尤其是对于东方哲学的体验。这种经验是我们仅在艺术史或者其他任何艺术动机状态下无法获得的。王川作品的创作灵感丰富而复杂。有些源自国画里的线条转化在布面油画上，也有涂画，有些既有抽象又有具象元素。如同王川怀疑抽象的纯洁性一样，他也怀疑写实的力量。王川曾在中国、美国、德国以及中国台湾多次举办个展。他的艺术创作被收录于中国众多知名艺术评论家如高名潞、栗宪庭、巫鸿、吕澎、潘公凯以及西方评论家 Robert Morgan 的著作中。他的作品被众多机构收藏，包括大英博物馆、旧金山亚洲艺术博物馆、洛杉矶郡立美术馆、美国赫夫纳美术馆、芬兰赫尔辛基国家美术馆、法拉利现代美术馆、尤伦斯当代艺术中心、民生现代美术馆、香港艺术馆、亚洲艺术文献库、香港M+博物馆、刘海粟美术馆、上海龙美术馆、多伦现代美术馆、广东美术馆、何香凝美术馆、OCT当代艺术中心、深圳美术馆、关山月美术馆、湖北美术馆等。
Wang Chuan was born in Chengdu in 1953, and received Bachelor degree and graduated from the Traditional Chinese Painting of Sichuan Fine Art Institute in 1982. He lives and works in Shenzhen now. Wang is a key figure in the Scar Painting movement. He began his early career as a successful realist painter and turned to abstract painting during the 1985 New Wave period. In the late 1990s, sudden illness brought Wang Chuan to a turning point that helped transform his practice. Painting became a personalized spiritual practice. The energy at work in his more recent work arises from contrasts of scale, density, line and surface. This introspective and self-reflective way of working has enabled Wang Chuan to achieve insights, especially through the contemplation of oriental philosophy, which cannot be obtained from art history alone. The formal resources of his work are both rich and complex. There is the line as inherited from traditional Chinese art but transferred into oil on canvas; there is graffiti; doodling; drawing in paint; and there are elements of both abstraction and figuration. It is as if Wang Chuan is suspicious of the purity of abstraction and he is equally suspicious of the power of figuration. With many solo exhibitions, not only in China but also in the USA and Germany. His work can be found in many collections, including the British Museum, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the British Museum, Ateneum Museum, Finland, UCCA, Minsheng Art Museum, HKMoA, Asian Art Archive, M+ Contemporary Art Museum, Liu Haisu Art Museum, Long Museum, Shanghai Duolun Museum Of Modern Art, Guangdong Museum of Art, Hexiangning Art Museum, OCT-Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen Art Museum, Guan Shanyue Art Museum and Hubei Museum of Art.