Wei Lun Ha, Plate series
Wei Lun Ha is a Vietnam-born Chinese New Zealander. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Auckland
Ha’s art practice is driven by a keen interest in ecological issues and contemporary identity. His art explores cultural motifs and life philosophies along with personal stories which he represents in symbolic objects. Additionally, traditional Chinese porcelain patterns overlay his objects and paintings with historical references. His works embrace multiple cultures and are rich in interpretations and readings. Ha’s Plate series references the Japanese art of Kintsugi which embraces the history of items of once-broken pottery by repairing it with seams of golden lacquer.
Wei Lun Ha has won a number of New Zealand art awards, including the Wallace Vermont Award (2016), the Franklin Art Award (2016 merit for landscape), the Wallace People's Choice Award (2015) and the Estuary Arts Award (2014). Last year he travelled to Vermont, USA to complete a 3 month residency during which he developed his porcelain painting.