Artist Commune, tomorrow-July 12, 2pm-7pm
This year's Hong Kong Contemporary Chinese Ink Painting Exhibition is remarkable on several counts: it features 37 veteran artists - most, if not all, are well-respected and have exhibited internationally; they come from this city, the mainland and Taiwan and are from both the traditional and contemporary schools; and this star-studded show lasts only for one miserly week.
According to the Hong Kong Modern Chinese Ink Painting Association, the show was quickly put together (in the past couple of months) to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the handover. The shortage of venues, says curator for the event and artist Chan Shing-kau , doesn't help. 'But we managed to pull together so many artists who represent different styles and genres of Chinese ink,' he says. 'We want to illustrate each artist's uniqueness while at the same time show how they can be placed side by side harmoniously.'
Among the artists showcased are Wucius Wong, Eddie Lui Fung-ngar, Ha Bik-chuen, Chu Hing-wah, Leung Kui-ting, Hung Hoi, Kan Tai-keung and Chung Lap-kwan. While works by Kan and Wong have strong local flavours, Lam Tian-xing and Hung are mainland-trained and their style is more traditional. 'The works are not just paintings but also installations, like works by Kwok Mang-ho, ' says Chan.
'We want to also demonstrate how one medium - Chinese ink - can be used in different art forms and applied with as many techniques as there are artists. We are not talking just about scenic water and mountain paintings.'
The Association wants to make this an annual exhibition and is negotiating with the Hong Kong Museum of Art to explore the possibility of future collaborations.
Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, To Kwa Wan. Inquiries: 2104 3322
Ink and Wash Painting