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Picturing Hong Kong: Ink Paintings by Contemporary Hong Kong Artists

Hau Kwei Wong

Hau Kwei Wong was born in Chongqing, China, in 1946. He graduated from China Textile University in Shanghai in 1969. Wong learned to paint from Master Wang Zhou in the seventies and is deeply influenced by him. In 1978, Wong moved to Hong Kong as an entrepreneur and, in the nineties, he started to paint in his leisure time. He was a visiting artist of the Shenzhen Fine Art institute. Wong has won numerous awards including the “Hong Kong Achievement Award” in Contemporary Art Award 2012, the “Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Awards” in the years of 2001 and 2009; two time winner of Hong Kong Home Affairs Bureau’s Commendation; and awards in the 9th and 10th in the “National Exhibition of Arts” in China. Wong’s works have been collected by museums, galleries, art organizations and private collectors. His work, “Moving Clouds and Waters in the Three Gorges”, was selected in the publication “20th Century Chinese Arts – Selected Collection of National Art Museum of China”. He is now a Board Member of the Chinese Painting Institute and a Research Fellow of the Cityscape Ink Institute of China National Academy of Painting.

Raymond Fung

Raymond Fung is a renowned Hong Kong architect and ink painter. He was an awardee of the Hong Kong Ten Outstanding Young Persons in 1990 and Hong Kong Ten Outstanding Designers in 2011. In 2008, he received the “Certificate of Commendation” from Hong Kong Home Affairs Bureau and was appointed Justice of the Peace. Fung has also won five Hong Kong Institute of Architects Annual Awards and 50 major awards in visual arts, architecture and interior design. His works have been selected in China National Art Exhibition, Hong Kong Art Biennial and HKDA Asia Design Awards multiple times. Fung’s works have been collected by museums, galleries, art organizations and private collectors. He is now an Adjunct Professor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a member of the Development Committee of West Kowloon Cultural District, an LCSD Museum Expert Adviser, a member of the Urban Design Expert Panel and a Board Member of the Hong Kong Architecture Centre.

Wai Bong Koon

Wai Bong Koon is a Hong Kong based ink artist. He received his B.A. and M.F.A. from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and his D.F.A. from the RMIT University in Australia. Koon attained “Rising Artist Award” in 2003; the “Merit” from the National Exhibition of Arts, China in 2004; and “Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Awards” in 2009. He has widely exhibited his works in museums, galleries and art fairs across Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, US, UK, Germany, Belgium and Singapore. These include the International Ink Painting Biennial of Shenzhen in 2010; the Taipei International Modern Ink Painting Biennial in 2012; the New Ink Exhibition at the Sotheby’s Gallery in 2013; the Chinese Contemporary Ink at The James Christie Room in 2014; and his solo exhibition “TRANSpose” at The Museum of East Asian Art, UK in 2013. His artworks have been garnered by galleries, museums, art organisations and private collectors. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University.

Joey Leung

Joey Leung received her B.A. in 2000 and M.F.A. in 2007 from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She combines the elements of traditional fine brush painting and popular culture in her paintings. Leung has been working on her creation “Photo-mirror” series since 2012, which is a juxtaposition of photography and drawing. Leung’s solo exhibitions include the “Garden of Hesitation” at Grotto Fine Art and the “Photo-Mirror: Japan” in Tokyo. Her joint exhibitions include “Walking In The Dreams” at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum; “Homeroom” at Subtext Gallery in San Diego, USA; “Octopus – Nine Contemporary Artists from Hong Kong” at Hanina in Israel; “Legacy and Creations – Ink Art vs Ink Art” at the Hong Kong Museum of Art; and “The Pivotal Decade: Hong Kong Art 1997-2007” at the Chinese Arts Centre in Manchester, UK. Her works have been collected by the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Ashmolean Museum of Oxford University and private collectors.

Barbara Choi

Barbara Choi received her B.A. in 2011 and her M.F.A in 2015 from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, majoring in Chinese delineative painting (gongbi). During her studies, she participated in an exchange program and an intensive course at the Art Department of Zhejiang University and the Beijing Fine Art Academy respectively. She is a recipient of the “Yasumoto International Exchange Scholarships”, the “2011 New Trend Outstanding Artist Award”, the “Madam Jan Yun-bor Memorial Award for Chinese Painting and Calligraphy”, the “Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards 2012” (selected award), and the “Talent Development Scholarship 2014” (HKSAR Government Fund). Besides her three solo exhibitions in Hong Kong, she has also actively participated in various exhibitions locally and overseas. Her works have been collected by the Hong Kong Museum of Art as well as local and foreign private collectors and public institutions.