My ambition is to let my work have a life of its own.   











Dr. Weimin He


Artist printmaker lives and works in Oxford


Biographical Notes  


Weimin He (b. 1964, Mudanjiang, Heilongjiang province, China) Associate member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, member of Chinese Artists’ Association, began practicing art at an early age, studying drawing and painting when he was a teenager. He studied oil painting, Chinese ink painting and history of art in the Harbin College of Art where he was awarded a B.A. degree in 1986. From1988 to 1991, he studied printmaking under Prof. Quan Xianguang and Lu Tan at the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang, Northeast China, and obtained his M.A. degree in 1991. Following on in the same year he worked as a professional artist in the Institute of Art in Heilongjiang Artists’ Association, until he was awarded the Muban Foundation Scholarship (now The Muban Educational Trust in London) in the autumn of 1999, when he entered the School of Art and Design at the University of Ulster to study printmaking. In 2005, under the supervision of Prof. David Barker and Dr. Alastair Herron, he was awarded a Ph.D. and started to work as the Christensen Fellow of Chinese painting at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. Currently He works as artist-in-residence at the Oxford University Estates Directorate. His work spans a variety of techniques and media, including printmaking, ink painting, oil painting and seal cutting. He has also acted as curator of a number of exhibitions of Chinese art. His artworks are in many public and private collections, including The British Museum and The China National Gallery.











Curriculum Vitae










October 2000 – December 2005



Ph.D. in Fine Arts 

University of Ulster , Belfast , Nortern Ireland


October 1999 – June 2000


Post-graduate Diploma in Fine and Applied Arts,

University of Ulster , Belfast , Northern. Ireland


 September 1988 – July 1991


Master of Fine Arts

Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts, Shenyang , China


 September 1982 – July 1986



Bachelor of Fine Arts

Harbin Normal University , Harbin , China


Professional Experience

April 2009 Artist-in-residence, Oxford University Estates Directorate
April 2008 – March 2009 Artist-in-residence, The Ashmolean Museum, University of  Oxford ,

February 2005 – March 2008


Christensen Fellow of Chinese Painting, The Ashmolean Museum ,

University of  Oxford , England

February – May 2004


Artist-in-residence, Queen’s University of Belfast , N. Ireland

October 1991 – September 1999


Professional artist, Heilongjiang province Printmaking Institute, China

 January 1995 –


Permanent member of the Chinese Artists’ Association

Teaching experience


March 2002 – October 2004


Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast , N. Ireland

October 2001 – March 2002


Chinese School , Belfast Mythology College , N. Ireland

October 1998 – June 1999



Visiting Professor, College of Arts , Harbin Normal University , China

September 1986 – June 1988


Mudanjiang Teacher’s Training College , China


Selected group exhibitions





















October 2009 2nd Qijiang International Prints Exhibition, Chongqing, China

December 2006


First Chinese print exhibition of black and white woodcut,

The China National Gallery, Beijing


November 2003


Chinese printmaking today – woodblock printing in China         

1980 – 2000, The British Library, London


September 2000


15th national prints biennial exhibition, Guangdong Art Gallery,

Guangdong  Province, China

September 1998


27th international Ex-libris exhibition, St. Petersburg , Russia

April 1998


4th Sapporo international print biennial exhibition, Japan .


October 1997


22th Slovenia international prints biennial exhibition, Slovenia .  




Portland international prints exhibition, Portland Art Museum , USA


June 1996


26th international ex-libris exhibition, Prague , Czech Republic


August 1994


8th national quinquennial art exhibition, Harbin , China


October 1992


11th national print biennial exhibition, Yinchuan , China

One man/two person’s exhibition






November 2009 February 2010 Building the New Ashmolean - Drawings and Prints by Weimin He, The Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
November 2008 - March 2009

Know the white, keep the black - wood block prints by He Weimin, Arthur Probsthain Bookshop/Gallery, London

June - July 2008 City Diary - 1987- 2007, prints and drawings by Weimin He Sotheby's Institute of Art, London
March - April 2008 Wandering - ink paintings and woodblock prints by Weimin He, Ricefield Gallery, Glasgow
June 2004

Through another’s eyes –  to sense and understand Northern Ireland

-Woodcut prints by He Weimin, Linen Hall Library, Belfast , N. Ireland

May 2004


An exhibition of works by He Weimin, Artist in Residence,

Student Union, The Queen’s University of Belfast, UK


February 2004


Contemporary Chinese prints – an exhibition of He Weimin

And Wang Bing’s woodcuts, Edgar Modern Gallery, Bath , England


November 2002


He Weimin’s woodcuts and ink paintings, Newtownards Arts

Centre, Town Hall, Newtownards, N. Ireland


June 1991


Lithographs by He Weimin, LAFA Gallery, Shenyang , China

December 1989



Shanbei in my eyes- Drawings by He Weimin, LAFA Gallery, Shenyang, China      

Awards and Prizes














September 1999

- June 2003

Muban Foundation Scholarship, London


October 2002


Heilongjiang province annual prints exhibition, Harbin , China , Gold medal


October 2002


16th national prints biennial exhibition,  the Anhui Art Gallery, Anhui, China, Bronze medal

November 1999



Lu Xun Prints Prize - A prize awarded by the Chinese Printmaker’s

Association in 1991 for outstanding printmakers of the 1980s-90s.

August   1999


9th China national quinquennial art exhibition,

Chinese Art Research Institute Gallery, Beijing , Bronze medal 


July 1996


6th national Ex-Libris exhibition, Shanghai Museum of Art, China, Silver Medal

April  1994



Third Sapporo international print biennial exhibition, Sapporo , Japan , Sponsors’ Prize




The China National Gallery, Beijing – woodcut ‘In the Sunshine’




The Bradhury Centre in Belfast , N. Ireland - woodcut ‘In the Sunshine’



The British Museum - woodcut ‘Celebrating the Spring’


Other collections: The University of Ulster in Belfast, The Linen Hall Library in Belfast, The Queen’s University in Belfast, The University of Hamburg, The Shanhai Art Museum, The Shenzhou Print Museum in Chengdu.


Lectures, talks and workshops

7 November, 2007 Chinese Prints collections in the Ashmolean Museum / my work, SOAS, University of London.


2 November, 2007 Contemporary woodblock printing workshop by Weimin He, The British Museum


October, 2006, ‘Huang Binhong - Master of the 20th Twentieth Century Chinese Painting, An Illustrated Talk by Dr. He Weimin’, to coincide with the exhibition of collections by Michael Sullivan, The Oriental Museum, Durham , England


April, 2006, ‘50 Years of Printmaking from the Black Earth, An Illustrated Talk by     Chinese Artist He Weimin’, to coincide with the exhibition of ‘Chinese Printmaking Today’, The Oriental Museum, Durham , England


Exhibitions curated

27th-30th October 2009

Qijiang International Printmaking Festival, Chongqing, China (co-curator).

16 October 2007 – 24 February 2008

Chinese Prints 1950 – 2006 in the Ashmolean Museum – The Ashmolean Museum , Oxford

 26 July 2005 – 16 October 2005

The Mystery of Empty Space: Twentieth Century Chinese Painting, The Ashmolean Museum , Oxford

April - 2005 – Sprint 2006

Ode to the Black Earth – A Tour Exhibition of Contemporary Prints from Heilongjiang Province , The People’s Republic of China (as one of the curators, presented by the Mandarin Speakers’ Association), Ormeau Baths Gallery and others, N. Ireland


28 June 2001 - 2 July 2001

Contemporary Chinese Art – Ink Paintings, Calligraphies, Prints and Paper-cuttings, (presented by the Mandarin Speakers’ Association), Waterfront Hall, Belfast , N. Ireland




He, Weimin and Vainker, Shelagh, ed., 2007, Chinese Prints: 1950 – 2006 in the Ashmolean Museum , Oxford : The Ashmolean Museum Press


He, Weimin ed., 2001, Contemporary Chinese Art (exhibition catalogue), Belfast : The University of Ulster

He, Weimin, Jin Hengling and others ed., 2000, A Fine Selection of International Prints, Harbin : Heilongjiang Fine Arts Publishing House (In Chinese)



He, Weimin, 2007, Chinese treasure hunt
Weimin He, the Ashmolean’s Christensen Fellow of Chinese Painting, describes his journey through China to collect prints for the Museum’s collection (forthcoming) Printmaking Today, Dec. 2008, London, pp.22-23

He, Weimin, 2007, ‘The Collection of Modern Chinese Prints’, No. 53, Summer 2007, The Ashmolean journal, Oxford: The University of Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, pp.22- 25


He, Weimin, 2003, ‘Histories of the Major Art Academies in China’, in Farrer, Anne (ed.) Chinese Printmaking TodayWoodblock Printmaking in China 1980 – 2000, London, The British Library Press, pp.190 – 195


He, Weimin, 1999, ‘The Third Generation Printmakers from the Great Northern Wilderness School ’, No.3, Art Circle (Meiyuan, journal of the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts)

Shenyang : Liaoning Art Publishing House, pp. 25 – 26. (in Chinese)

He, Weimin, 1997, ‘Rethinking the Past and the Future: My View of Printmaking in Heilongjiang Province ’, in He, Weimin (ed.) Heilongjiang Art Journal, Special Issue, Harbin : Heilongjiang Provincial Artists’ Association. pp. 25-35. (in Chinese)


He, Weimin 1991, ‘My View on Lithographic Language’, Art Circle (Meiyuan, journal of the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts), Issue No. 4, Shenyang : Liaoning Art Publishing House, pp.14 – 16. (in Chinese)


Selected published artwork






In books

Family Transport (Woodcut by Weimin He) – in Barker, David, 2005 Traditional Techniques in Contemporary Chinese Printmaking, London : A&C Black, p. 24, 25, 68.


Celebrating the New Year (Woodcut by Weimin He) in Farrer, Anne (ed.) 2003 Chinese Printmaking Today – Woodblock Printmaking in China 1980 – 2000, London : The British Library Press, p. 106.


In journals

Celebrating the New Year (woodcut by Weimin He) – in Desmet , Anne (ed.) 2003 Printmaking Today, Vol. 12, no. 4, 2003; London, p. 5.


City Diary I (woodcut by Weimin He) - Wang Zhong ed., 1997 Art (Meishu), Issue No.1,1997, Beijing : Chinese Artists Association the Art Publisher, p. 66. (in Chinese)


Other lithographs/woodcuts by Weimin He (From 1994 to 2004) – in Qi Fengge ed., Chinese Printmaking, No. 2, 9, 11,14,18,19, 28, Beijing : People’s Fine Arts Publishing House (page numbers are not listed) (in Chinese)