I have been blessed to meet wonderful people in London. Peihang Huang is one of them. I have met her at her birthday celebration dinner in August and we clicked right away. Pei is an artist, a painter, originally from Taipei who chose London to fulfill her dreams.
I don’t know about you but I was always admired artists and seen them as extraordinary people. Not that you have to cut your ear, drink Absinthe, or surround yourself by some “filles de joie” to be out of the ordinary…but let’s admit they dare to chose a different and more uncertain road!
Recently on Thursday 7th April, Pei has successfully inaugurated her Solo Exhibiton, [UN]Real at Grace Belgravia. This was the perfect opportunity to come back on her journey as an artist though this interview.
Morgi: Pei, How did you become a painter? Was there a lesson you learned that was most important in shaping you to be the painter you are today ?
Pei: I went to art school, and discover my interest in painting never fades away. So even I try out different media sometimes, I’ll always stay as a painter as my main focus. I think I want to be a painter, not in terms of classic paintings, but using painting as a language to speak the language of contemporary art that reflects the daily live of today. One of the influence was the Taipei Biennial in 1998, I was so impressed by the diversity of contemporary art and how the language was transformed from everyday life , I think it planted a seed inside of me.
Morgi : Who are your inspirational mentors ?
Pei: I’m a big fan of Gerhard Richter, Marlene Dumas, Jenny Saville and recently Wangechi Mutu. They all influenced me in a different way to think about painting in contemporary. And another one, which is Madonna, I admire her creativity energy and the strong discipline that should suit any fields.
Morgi : How did you start to work on an exhibition ?
Pei: I take inspiration in daily medias, which is strongly related to our urban daily lives. I think I try not to aim just to work on exhibitions, but to work everyday in the studio on my own schedule, so I am always prepared for exhibitions when I get invitations. (Of course it’s hard…usually I still end up working extra for exhibition deadlines lol!).
Morgi : You are from Taiwan, for which reasons have you moved in London ?
Pei: I think London has a great energy, that makes an artist able to maximize their talent. Another reason is it’s really one of the world’s capital, so why not?
Morgi : In which countries have you exhibited your paintings?
Pei: I have exhibited in Taiwan, China, Japan, Germany, Korea and of course Uk. I wish the list goes longer in the future.
Morgi: Any dream places, you would like your paintings to see hang on ?
Pei: I really love to see my work in Tate Modern one day. It would be a dream come true for me.
I hope this interview has given you the curiosity to come see the exhibition. If you have missed the premiere, no panic! You can still book a private viewing until 28th May and RSVP: email@example.com.