Shipei Wang

Based Edinburgh, UK
Shipei Wang - artist


Shipei Wang is a UK-based artist, currently working and living between Glasgow and Edinburgh. Shipei's multicultural upbringing informs her work and research, having grown up in China, Canada, Germany, Sweden, South Korea and the UK. Shipei's perspective is particular to experiences of anxiety, fear and loneliness that unclothe the fragility of organic bodies in physical and cultural displacement. Her eerie and humorous paintings convey an uneasiness through a childlike light-heartedness. Shipei's paintings are intrinsically rooted in issues of cultural amnesia and lost identities. She is a recipient of the Royal Scottish Academy Bene Scholz Award for the most promising work by a Scottish artist under 35, the RSA Barns-Graham Travel Award, the 2019 RSA New Contemporaries, the RSA Stevenston's Award for a Painter of Merit 2019, and Glasgow Print Studio Award 2019.


2018: Fine Art (hons), Edinburgh College of Art

Selected Exhibitions & Awards

2019: Royal Scottish Academy Bene Scholz Award for the most promising work by an artist domiciled in Scotland under 35
2019;: Royal Scottish Academy Stevenston's Award for a Painter of Merit
2019: SSA + VAS Annual, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2019: Hopper Prize (USA) finalist
2019: Glasgow Print Studio Award
2019: Royal Scottish Academy 193rd Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh
2019: Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporaries, Edinburgh
2019: Hidden Sphere, London
2018: Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show, Edinburgh 
2018: Royal Scottish Academy Barns-Graham Travel Award
2016: Shanghai International Children's Book Fair, Shanghai
2015: Hold Me, Baby, Meridian Space, Beijing


Royal Scottish Academy permanent collection, catalogued December 2019
The Hopper Prize USA:
Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporaries 2018, publicity image and catalogue


  • Award Winner
  • Internationally exhibited

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  • Achievements & Goals

    • To have made it to where I am at now professional and personally
    • To have a Border Collie called Sushi
    • To have a good solo exhibition
    • Continue painting
  • Genre & Style

    • My paintings are intrinsically rooted in issues of cultural amnesia and lost identities.
    • Bold colours, fine lines, and a distinctive inclination for storytelling set my works apart.
  • Inspiration & Vision

    • Poems by Frederico Garcia Lorca
    • Buddhist Thangka paintings
    • Vernacular fairy tales
  • Sales & Trajectory

    • Already sold works
    • Self-funded
  • Technique & Material

    • I paint on stretched Habotai silk, using acrylic pigments to give the painting surface an illustrated and printed quality.
    • The method is derived from traditional Tibetan Buddhist Thangka paintings.


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