Weilun Ha

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 The works complex interaction with Chinese porcelain patterns weaves historical references and significant moments behind his objects.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.

Biography
Education

2012
Master’s in Architecture, University of Auckland

Solo Exhibitions (selected)

2012
X-scape, Depot, Devonport, Auckland

2013
Gods of the Forest, Lopdell house gallery, Auckland

2017
Artform mural, British lobby, Shortland Street
White Night, Greenwoods Corner Exhibition
Wallace Gallery, Auckland
Mulan Gallery, Parnell, Auckland

2018
Weilun Ha at Malcolm Smith Gallery, Auckland
Boxing On, Solander Gallery, Wellington

2019
Fragile Hearts, Solander Gallery, Wellington

2020
Hotpot, Solander Gallery, Wellington

Group Exhibitions (selected)

2013
Live show, Nook gallery, Auckland

2014
Collaborative exhibition, Foguangshan Temple

2015
Auckland art week live painting, Pah homestead, Auckland
Live painting, Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville

2017
UOB ink art awards, Hong Kong
When my family talk about the past, Tacit Gallery, Hamilton

2020
Hotpot, Solander Gallery, Wellington

Awards (selected)

2014
Estuary Arts Award Winner

2015
Winner of people’s choice awards, Wallace Art Awards

2016
Winner of Wallace Art Award (Vermont Residency), Wallace Art Awards

2017
Montreal 3-Month Residency and Exhibition, Vermont, New York
UOB ink art awards finalist, Hong Kong

2018
Finalist, Wallace Art Awards

2019
Finalist, Wallace Art Awards,
Finalist, Contemporary Art Awards
Finalist, Beijing Biennale
Merit Award, Parkins Drawing Awards