John Way [Wei Letang] (Chinese/American, b. 1921)
Signed and dated "John Way '67" l.r., identified on labels affixed to the reverse.
Oil on polycarbonate resin, 12 1/2 x 23 3/4 in. (31.8 x 60.3 cm), in a light box frame.
N.B. Shanghai-born artist John Way works in the traditional Eastern and Western mediums of ink and oil to create works influenced by both Chinese calligraphy and Abstract Expressionism.
A student of the modern Chinese calligrapher Li Jian (Chinese, d. c. 1950), Way immigrated to the United States in 1956 and settled in Boston, where he studied Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (1) Way was the subject of a retrospective exhibition at Shanghai Art Museum in 2001, and more recently at the Honolulu Academy of Arts in 2006.
(1) Sullivan, Michael. Modern Chinese Artists: A Biographical Dictionary. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006. Pg. 169.
Minor surface grime, light box component not presently functional.