Tien Wen

1963, Taiwanese

Based in France

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“I had decided at some point to close all my pieces looking like vases because I didn’t want people to see it as something useful anymore. I wanted the piece to exist by shape and line.”

Tien Wen is a contemporary artist from Taiwan whose work revolves around sculpture and ceramics. With an early fascination for Chinese porcelains, the colours, the enamel, the celadons, Tien Wen naturally focused her work on pottery at the end of the 90s. The passion...

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Tien Wen

1963, Taiwanese

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Ascents

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    Spinning top

    57 × 24 × 24 cm

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    Black totem

    101 × 16 × 15 cm

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    White totem

    100 × 16 × 16 cm

    $3,463.67

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    Pinnacle

    74 × 39 × 34 cm

    $4,221.35

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    Naos

    68 × 25 × 23 cm

    $3,788.39

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    Intrados-Extrados

    85 × 70 × 20 cm

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    Hypocaust

    83 × 24 × 20 cm

    $4,870.79

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    Elevation

    110 × 25 × 22 cm

    $4,546.07

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Spinning top

57 × 24 × 24 cm

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Black totem

101 × 16 × 15 cm

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White totem

100 × 16 × 16 cm

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Pinnacle

74 × 39 × 34 cm

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Naos

68 × 25 × 23 cm

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Intrados-Extrados

85 × 70 × 20 cm

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Hypocaust

83 × 24 × 20 cm

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Elevation

110 × 25 × 22 cm

$4,546.07

Closed vases

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    Closed vase

    41 × 28 × 24 cm

    $1,731.84

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    White flat cloud

    41.5 × 30 × 18 cm

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    White curved cloud

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    Black Moon

    41.5 × 28 × 21 cm

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    Caldarium 0609

    41 × 29 × 26 cm

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    Cenotaph

    40 × 31 × 21 cm

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Closed vase

41 × 28 × 24 cm

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White flat cloud

41.5 × 30 × 18 cm

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White curved cloud

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Black Moon

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Caldarium 0609

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Cenotaph

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Genesis

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    Genesis VI

    50 × 14 × 14 cm

    $487.08

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    Genesis V

    50 × 15 × 15 cm

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    Genesis IV

    57 × 15 × 15 cm

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    Genesis III

    62 × 14 × 14 cm

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    Genesis II

    46 × 15 × 15 cm

    $487.08

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    Genesis I

    57 × 13 × 13 cm

    $541.20

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Genesis VI

50 × 14 × 14 cm

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Genesis V

50 × 15 × 15 cm

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Genesis IV

57 × 15 × 15 cm

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Genesis III

62 × 14 × 14 cm

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Genesis II

46 × 15 × 15 cm

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Genesis I

57 × 13 × 13 cm

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Young Generation

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    Cell

    33 × 26 × 17 cm

    $1,190.64

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    Bicolore

    28 × 29.5 × 17 cm

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Cell

33 × 26 × 17 cm

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Bicolore

28 × 29.5 × 17 cm

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Japanese Inspired

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    Round Corner

    55 × 23 × 18 cm

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    Duality

    64 × 31 × 19 cm

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Round Corner

55 × 23 × 18 cm

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Duality

64 × 31 × 19 cm

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Monumental

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    Monumental

    95 × 95 × 95 cm

    $15,153.57

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Monumental

95 × 95 × 95 cm

$15,153.57

Biography

Tien Wen is a contemporary artist from Taiwan whose work revolves around sculpture and ceramics.

With an early fascination for Chinese porcelains, the colours, the enamel, the celadons, Tien Wen naturally focused her work on pottery at the end of the 90s. The passion for shapes and the substance itself gradually led the artist, as the years passed, to drop the functional side and produce more abstract pieces. Tien Wen will sometimes even close up the top of her pottery,  The artist just follows her intuition and creates pieces according to the lines that come to her mind which give her a clear vision of the final product, searching for the purist of shapes.

Tien Wen uses and combines several techniques in the production of her works of art. Certain pieces, or certain parts of the piece conserve the light tint of the enamel, while others almost take on the look of bronze thanks to the raku technique. Tien Wen has perfected this traditional Japanese technique which dates back five centuries. The principle behind raku yaki (raku ware) resides in the firing process : straight out of the oven the pieces are exposed to wood shavings or straw in enclosed containers provoking a smoking stage. This is what gives the lovely metallic or iridescent finishes to the pottery.

Born in 1963 in Taipei, Tien Wen grew up in traditional Chinese culture, her father an academic and opera buff and her mother an arts professor.  After finishing the Academy of Fine Arts in her home town she dabbled with theatre and contemporary dance before leaving Taiwan for the South of France at the end of the 1980s. Tien Wen has since been totally focused on sculpture and ceramics. Today her work is regularly exposed in galleries and on occasions art fairs in Paris, the south of France as well as in Asia.     

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Education

  • 1982-1985: Art and Design at the National Taïwan University, Taipei

Exhibitions

  • 2019: Jeux de couleurs, Collection Gallery, Paris (France)
  • 2019: Collect Fair 2019, Saatchi Gallery, London (United Kingdom)
  • 2017: “De l’énergie à l’audace” group show, 19 Côté Cour, Paris
  • 2017: “Canned Art”, group show, Béziers, France
  • 2017: “Accords Majeurs”, group show, 19 Côté Cour, Paris (France)
  • 2016: Art residence, Shigaraki ceramic, Japan
  • 2016: “Avec ou sans préméditation”, group show, 19 Côté Cour, Paris (France)
  • 2014: “French Art Tour”, collective and travelling exhibition, Shanghai (China)
  • 2013: “Revelations”, international fine craft and creation biennale, Grand Palais, Paris (France)
  • 2013: “Piet Moget Collection”, group show, National Centre of fine arts, Narbonne (France)
  • 2011: “Artnim 11”, group show, Galerie Cinequanon (London-UK), Nîmes (France)
  • 2009: Contemporary Art Fair, L’isle sur Sorgue (France)
  • 2008: “Creation Space Ateliers d’art de France”, group show, Maison et Objets art fair, Paris (France)
  • 2008: “The furniture and the Contemporary object”, group show, Salon de l’Odéon, Paris (France)
  • 2007: “Puro Arte 07” International Contemporary Art Fair, Vigo (Spain)
  • 2006: “Carrousel des métiers d’art”, group show, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris (France)
  • 2005: “Artifact 05”, group show, Bruges (Belgium)
  • 2004: Art residence, tuilerie de Pouligny, Chesniers, France
  • 2004: “Raku”, group show, French-Japanese Cultural Center, Hattori area, Paris (France)
  • 2003: “In the eyes of the Chinese”, group show, International Relations House, Montpellier (France)
  • 2002: “Montpellier art workshops journey”, group show, Montpellier (France)
  • 2001: “Tricolors earthenware”, group show, Asian House, Montpellier (France)

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