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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 03 February, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 03 February, 2008, 12:00am

In your current solo exhibition at the University Museum and Art Gallery, there are 40 Chinese ink paintings created from the late 1960s to 2007. Do you fuse Chinese ink painting with contemporary design?

Designer and painter Kan Tai-keung: 'Like my paintings, my earlier designs were more westernised

and influenced by Bauhaus' geometric style. Then I realised every place had its local character which I could apply to my works. So I began to embrace Chinese folk art in my designs, but they were a bit superficial.

'In the early days, I drew a clear line between design and painting. Painting is more for self-expression while design is rational and mainly functional, serving clients and the market. However, I realised the two media are not mutually exclusive.

'Since the 1980s, I've been adopting different artistic approaches in my designs and applying the concept and creativeness of design in creating my Chinese ink paintings, which are more conceptual with a comparatively unique style.

'For instance, my paintings after 2000 explore Chinese calligraphic compositions, combining the elements of Chinese calligraphy, typography and natural landscapes.'

Feelings of the Brush: Paintings by Kan Tai-keung, Mon-Sat, 9.30am-6pm, Sun, 1.30pm-5.30pm, closed on public holidays. Free admission. Inquiries: 2241 5512. Ends Mar 8