Alisan Fine Arts is participating in the first-ever
Hong Kong Pavilion
at Masterpiece London 2013
The Royal Hospital Chelsea, South Grounds
Chelsea Embankment, London SW3 4SR
Preview on 26 June
27 June - 3 July 2013
international artists FANG Zhaoling, LUI Shou-kwan and
Hong Kong artist MAN Fung-yi
Alisan Fine Arts is honoured to participate in the first-ever ‘Hong Kong Pavilion’ at Masterpiece London 2013. We are proud to present the works of internationally known artists FANG Zhaoling, LUI Shou Kwan and female Hong Kong artist MAN Fung-yi—featuring Fang’s dynamic Chinese landscape paintings, Lui’s famous abstract “Zen painting” and Man’s glamorous Chinese clothing sculptures.
FANG Zhaoling (1914 Wuxi City, China – 2006 Hong Kong), one of Hong Kong’s most famous women painters, was the mother of Mrs. Anson Chan (GBM, GCMG, CBE, JP, Former Chief Secretary for Administration HKSAR). In 1937, Fang studied Modern European History at University of Manchester, UK, where she met her husband, and got married in 1938. At the outbreak of the Second World War and Sino-Japanese War, life was extremely disruptive. In 1950, they returned to Hong Kong where her husband died suddenly, leaving eight very young children. She took over her husband’s export/import business and raised the children by herself.
Fang’s experience of wartime and many difficult life circumstances helped her reach a pinnacle in art and the creation of her own style. She learned the art of Chinese ink paintings from Zhang Daqian and Zhao Shao’ang since the 1950s. Zhang Daqian (1899-1983) was the greatest 20th century Chinese ink painter, while Zhao Shao’ang (1905-1998) was a leading proponent of the second generation of the Lingnan School. After graduating from the University of Hong Kong in 1956, Fang traveled to Oxford, England, and then to Japan, France, Switzerland, Germany, Brazil, USA and China. Fang learned from many teachers and tried to identify their merits. With their guidance, Fang sought out raw beauty and the vitality of nature throughout her lifetime. Her compositions are firm and solid, her technique is skillful, and her paintings are full of great vigour.
On display at the Hong Kong Pavilion are five representative works—a beautiful depiction of the River Yangtze, a powerful landscape of Huang Shan, her interpretation of Stonehenge, boats in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour at a crucial juncture in its history, and a quirky composition of horses and jockeys. The works reflect Fang Zhaoling’s love of her homeland and her passion for the raw beauty of nature.
Her paintings are collected by many major museums around the world, such as the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, British Museum, Shanghai Art Museum, Hong Kong Museum of Art, and the Fung Ping Shan Museum of the University of Hong Kong. Since her passing in 2006, we had her first solo exhibition at FINE ART ASIA 2012 in Hong Kong where her works were for sale.
LUI Shou Kwan (1919 Guangzhou, China–1975 Hong Kong) is historically recognized as the pioneer of ‘New Ink Art’ in Hong Kong. Through his persistent experimentation and dedication, Lui established as early as the 1950s a new standard in Chinese painting for the future generations of Chinese artists. He called this innovative abstract ink painting style “Zen painting”.
For Lui, Abstraction was the realization of free, independent, absolute personal wisdom, and each brush movement was a direct expression of the artist’s spirit. He saw Abstraction as a natural development of the tradition of Chinese painting in the 20th century. Lui was influenced by British painter J.M.W. Turner’s (1775-1851) ability to express the cosmic forces of nature, and sought new inspiration from modern art, particularly from the Abstract Expressionists.
Lui was an Honorary Adviser to the Association of Modern Literature and Art, and the City Hall Museum and Art Gallery of Hong Kong in 1962. He taught in the Extramural departments of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the University of Hong Kong since 1966. In 1971, he received a MBE from the British government in honour of his distinguished contribution to art. In 1974, the Ashmolean Museum of Oxford University organized his third solo exhibition. His important publications include ‘A Study of Chinese Painting’, ‘Lectures on Ink Painting’ and ‘The Manuscript of Lui Shou Kwan’.
His works are collected by The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and the Hong Kong Museum of Art. Alisan Fine Arts held his exhibitions in 1984 and 1988, and has shown his works at FINE ART ASIA 2009 and ART HK 2010. We will be showing his well-known “Zen” painting and a small sea view in this exhibition.
MAN Fung-yi (born 1968 Hong Kong), a well-known figure in Hong Kong’s contemporary art scene, focuses on sculpture and installation work. Her works are executed in brass and stainless steel. She graduated from the Fine Arts department at Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1990, and established Chic Studio in 1995. She was awarded Master of Fine Arts in 1999 and Master of Arts (Daoism), Cultural & Religious Studies in 2008 from Chinese University of Hong Kong. She was named the Winner of Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition in 2003.
In this exhibition, we display her most recent works from ‘Weaving series’, depicting traditional Chinese outfits based on her mother’s or her own clothes. Her works are unique. Man has held several solo exhibitions in Beijing and Hong Kong since 1990. She has participated in numerous local and overseas exhibitions, including a travelling exhibition by Louis Vuitton in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan from 2011 to 2012.
Her works are collected by Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, China International Cultural Association, Jiangsu Provincial Art Museum, Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art, Hong Kong Housing Dept., Hong Kong Airport Authority, MTR Corporation, international hotels, banks, private corporations and private collectors. Alisan Fine Arts has been representing her sculptures since 2007 and has shown her works at ART HK 2010 and FINE ART ASIA 2012.