Weilun Ha is a Vietnam-born Chinese New Zealander. He holds a Master’s of Architecture degree from the University of Auckland. His practice is based around his keen interest in eco-friendly issues and contemporary identity in Chinese ink paintings which is continually evolving and not easily reducible to definite categories.
Ha explores the ideas of personal stories in symbolic objects; diversity in cultural motifs; and gestures of fragility in life philosophies. The works complex interaction with Chinese porcelain patterns weaves historical references and significant moments behind his objects. The paintings embrace the richness of different cultures and create an intensity that is covered with interpretation and stories.
Ha won a number of New Zealand art awards, including the Wallace Arts Vermont Award (2016), Franklin’s Art Award (2016 merit for landscape), the Wallace Arts People’s Choice Award (2015) and the Estuary Arts Award (2014). This year he is travelled to Vermont, USA to complete a 3-month residency to further develop ink porcelain painting. This year his works will travel to the 2019 Beijing Biennal.