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Weimin He

Weimin He is the tutor for the Saturday morning life drawing class at the Ruskin and teaches on the summer short courses.

Born in Northeast China, Weimin studied both Chinese and western paintings in the Fine Art Department of Harbin Normal University. He then studied postgraduate course in printmaking in The Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang. In 1999, after working eight years as a professional artist in Heilongjiang province, he received a scholarship from the Muban Foundation (now the Muban Educational Trust) and moved to the UK to study printmaking in the University of Ulster in Belfast. He was rewarded DPhil degree in 2005, and the same year he started to work as research fellow on Chinese painting at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

Weimin specialized in woodcut, lithograph and ink painting, his works are varied in media and contents, depicting scenes of everyday life in town and countryside, landscapes and portraits with brushes or knife. His style is bold and innovative, using broad and vivid strokes with sharp outlines to produce black and white lines.  Inspired by traditional Chinese seal cutting and calligraphy, he has created his individual style to portray contemporary scenes of both Britain and China.

As the artist-in-residence in the Oxford University’s Estates Directorate, Weimin created artworks that reflected the development of the Oxford University Radcliffe Observatory Quarter (ROQ) site.  His works have been exhibited internationally over the last two decades. He was awarded the Lu Xun Prize in 1999 for his achievements in printmaking. His artworks are in many public and private collections, including The British Museum, The Ashmolean Museum, The Portland Museum and The China National Gallery in Beijing.