Karlie Wu

Karlie Wu
Painting & Printmaking – BA (Hons) // Glasgow School of Art

Karlie Wu is an artist based in Glasgow, loosely exploring themes of nostalgia and cultural identity. Wu’s interest in nostalgia primarily stems from the stories, folk tales and reminisces of older relatives – her ‘inherited memory’ – and own interactions with Kat O, a near abandoned island between the north east of Hong Kong and China which her paternal family emigrated from. Additionally, Hong Kong’s inextricable connection to British colonialism coupled with her own Scottish background is connected to her navigation of the term ‘cultural identity’: what it means to be Scottish, Chinese and British Chinese. Experimenting with documentary like photographs, drawings of unassuming interiors and objects, to paintings suggestive of fond memories, Wu continues to observe, probe and presents to us a glimmer of what it might mean to be Scottish, and growing up as a second generation Chinese immigrant.


Yee Chau I

Oil on MDF
21 x 30 cm

Foo House

Graphite on paper
37 x 50 cm


Comfort Zone with Barbara Loisch, The Art School, Glasgow, Life in the Mac, group exhibition, Glasgow School of Art.
1st, group exhibition, Glasgow School of Art.

2 Years Licked, group exhibition, Grace and Clarke Fyfe Gallery, Glasgow.

Serving Suggestion, group exhibition, The Glue Factory, Glasgow.

From Kat O, With Love, Glasgow School of Art Fine Art Degree Show, Tontine Building.
Kat O // 吉澳 , The Art School, Glasgow.

Some Paintings I Did, You Like, Glasgow.
INTER(TWINE), group exhibition, Supernormal, Singapore.

Little Originals, group exhibition, curated by Nicola Wiltshire, Dock Street Studios, Dundee.
Here and There with Sebastian Mary Tay and Amanda Adam, curated by Yen Phang, CB42, Singapore.

Other Experience

What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) with Melissa Geraghty. WYSIWYG develops opportunities for emerging artists and young people in the local contemporary art scene through an exhibitions programme, workshops and voluntary, as well as paid, roles within the gallery space environment. Responsible for writing call outs for invigilators, selecting and interviewing candidates, in addition to organising an artists’ talk event.

Ricefield and Bridgeman Arts Commission for the Style Mile Christmas Carnival