Artist StatementAs of today, I still remember the scene when my father was doing calligraphy: Standing behind his big, old, dark-wood desk with a towel around his neck, appearing intense yet tranquil, he joyfully worked his brush at will on a sheet of Xuen paper. Usually I was busy helping him grind the ink or scroll the paper. Father was very pleased that I, the youngest of his seven children, showed a strong interest in his cherished pastime early on. Finally one bright summer morning, he decided to let me start copying?Huangfu Fu Jun Bei? by Ouyang Xun. I was six then. My father passed away when I was twelve, but I continued to keep practicing calligraphy; I never forgot the pleasant and satisfied look on father’s face when he was brushing. From the very beginning I got the message from him that calligraphy must be a fun thing to learn and pursue. Even now, sixty years later, the exciting feeling I have toward calligraphy remains undiminished. As these years passed by, calligraphy became more than just an interesting hobby to me. I started teaching calligraphy in the DC area since 1983, it's such a pleasure to see more and more people are interested and engaged in this day and age. I was often asked what the secret of learning calligraphy is and why it seems so mysterious; here is what I would say: Read, observe and get ready for brushing; Hold your brush up-right if you may; Express your feelings with imagination; Execute your technique with inspiration;? Let it go! Drag, turn, tap or spin…. Please don’t forget to balance your serenity; Practice, practice and enjoy the treasure!
John Shun-Chieh Wang was born into a scholarly family in Taiwan in 1947. His father Wang Jing-yang (1905-1959), a master calligrapher and painter, began teaching him calligraphy at the age of six. By twelve, Wang’s calligraphy started to receive awards. At twenty-one, he began training as a seal carver. While calligraphy and seal carving were always his preoccupation, Wang studied earth sciences at the Chinese Culture University in Taipei and Japanese language at Takushoku University in Tokyo. In 1980 Wang settled in the Washington D.C. area where he is recognized as a master calligrapher and seal carver.
Wang’s work, at once deeply rooted in tradition and rich with personal interpretation, has garnered accolades in exhibitions in China, Japan, France, Italy, South Korea and many US states. Wang's art works were also collected by several international museums and many private collectors. In 2010, he was awarded The Sixteenth Global Chinese Culture & Arts Award for his contribution in promoting Chinese Calligraphy arts.
Currently Wang teaches calligraphy for the education department at the Freer/Sackler Galleries, George Washington University and Studio159.