Artspace K is pleased to present Serenity • Hong Kong, a solo exhibition of 23 works by renowned contemporary artist Wong Hau Kwei, depicting urban and natural landscapes in Hong Kong.
Ms. KC Chen, Chair of Artspace K, felt that the coronavirus pandemic has cast a shadow of concern over Hong Kong over the past two years. She hopes this exhibition will bring a new sense of peace and tranquility to Hong Kong.
“It doesn’t matter whether it’s avant-garde, traditional or western style; the important thing is to convey the contemporary meaning of the era.”
Wong Hau Kwei
Landscape painting plays an influential role in the history of traditional Chinese ink art. In the 60s, many mainland Chinese artists moved to Hong Kong, including the traditional style, Lingnan style and various traditional Chinese paintings. The masters of Chinese painting performed artistic creations in Hong Kong and taught in art studios and schools. They laid a solid foundation for Hong Kong ink art, cultivated Chinese ink artists, and founded the “New Ink Painting Movement”. The artworks took Hong Kong as the subject of creating and sketching, showing the Chinese traditional freehand technique blended with the style of Western sketching and watercolor. With the integration of Western modern art concepts, the works present diverse ideas and creative techniques that allow the artists to emerge as a new force in the art world and create a different style of modern ink art for the place. The art of ink painting in Hong Kong is constantly evolving. In the 21st century, since the advent of the new ink painting, we have seen the innovation and sublimation of oriental art, with contemporary ink painting becoming more numerous and diverse.
Lee Yu-Han, curator of the Serenity • Hong Kong exhibition, noted that Wong Hau Kwei’s paintings stand out from the crowd in the evolution of contemporary ink art. His style evolves from traditional ink and wash techniques, but also incorporates modern aesthetics and forms. His creations are not restricted by any faction of art. Little by little he developed his own style of painting. Combining the traditional artistic expression of ink with contemporary art, Wong is an iconic and significant figure of contemporary ink wash painting in Hong Kong ink art history. Wong Hau Kwei has mastered the ability to emphasize the contrast between black and white, emptiness and fullness in the expression of light and colour. Using traditional ink art as a basis, he maximizes ink rendering technique to establish a unique style in ink wash painting. For composition, his paintings exhibit patterns of vertical narrow stripes and wide-angled scenes in a rigorous manner. The wash of ink beneath his brush also emphasizes the sense of strength. Wong Hau Kwei stated, “Modern ink painting has evolved from a movement to a concept designed to continuously innovate based on Chinese painting traditions and promote the continuous development of ink painting. Never give up tradition and never give up reforming.”
Hong Kong, a modern city surrounded by natural landscapes, offers limitless subjects for Wong Hau Kwei. He always finds Hong Kong’s unique charm in a different landscape, capturing both the beautiful scenery of the suburbs and the urban area with skyscrapers. SERENITY HONG KONG presents Wong Hau Kwei’s contemporary Chinese ink painting, in which he sketches the peculiarities of the time, in which Hong Kong experienced countless ups and downs. Wong Hau Kwei applies the properties of ink and washes in his own way. He creates a large area of thick ink and voids to express the beauty of the void while meticulously carving out the details of the landscape. The relationship between emptiness and reality creates the aftertaste for the viewer. The expression of fullness and emptiness increases the layering and richness of the work and highlights the atmosphere presented by the landscape. The serenity and delicacy, ethereal and expansive, leave the viewer with limitless space to feel and imagine.
“Good Morning Hong Kong”, depicting the morning light reflected from the skyscrapers in full layout, shows the expression of a rich and profound artistic conception in thick black ink. The gold color is rendered to create golden sunlight. Rustic and iridescent are in sharp contrast here, creating a sense of fluidity in the stillness of the rising sun, as if the artist is looking forward to dawn after dark. It also reflects the longing for light. “Lion Rock” depicts mist emerging from beneath the majestic Lion Rock, the emptiness in this artwork reflecting the Eastern philosophy of “form itself is emptiness; Emptiness itself is form” and leaves a lot of room for imagination and reflection.
The development of modern ink painting in Hong Kong is constantly changing. During the exhibition, Artspace K will host related events (see attachment) to inspire public’s love for Hong Kong contemporary ink art and develop knowledge about art viewing and collection.
July 21 – October 23, 2022
Opening and press preview?
July 20, 2022 (Wed) 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m
Artspace K, G105 – 106, The Repulse Bay Arcade, 109 Repulse Bay Road,
Wong Hau Kwei
?Trade fair presentations?
Importance of Time: Wong Hau Kwei’s Pursuit of Ink Art (Mandarin)
Voiced by: Wong Hau Kwei
Date: 08/20/2022 (Sat)
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m
New Vision for Art Collection: Contemporary Ink Art Appreciation and the Art Market (Cantonese)
Speaker: Carmen Shek Cerne
Senior Specialist Head of Sale, Chinese Paintings Department, Christie’s Hong KongDate: 17/9/2022 (Sat)
Time 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m
art space k
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