THE works of Cheung Yee, Hong Kong's prominent sculptor known for successfully blending modern art and ancient Chinese culture, are now on exhibit at the Urban Council's Museum of Art. The exhibition, which features more than 250 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures selected from the museum and the artist's own collection, is a retrospect of Mr Cheung's artistic career over the past 30 years. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the ''Ancient Imagery, Modern Vision - Cheung Yee Sculpture'' exhibition recently, Urban Councillor Stan Cheung said the exhibits reflected the artist's distinctive treatment of the spaces on the flat and three-dimensional planes and his accomplishment in merging Chinese and western art in a modern respective. ''While drawing inspirations from ancient Chinese art, the artist also incorporates western concepts and aesthetic elements to create prints, drawings and sculpture in distinctive forms with his personal touch,'' Dr Cheung said. He said these works conveyed a sense of heroic vigour and dynamic force and their unique forms revealed an inherent meaning of the metamorphosis of the ''Yin'' and ''Yang'' elements and the infinite transformation of the universe. Mr Cheung Yee was born in Guangzhou in 1936 to a family involved in the ceramic trade. He was interested at an early age in handicrafts ranging from paper-folding, clay-modelling, stone sculpture to wood carving. He studied Chinese painting and seal carving in Taiwan. In his study of seal carving, Cheung not only worked on the bronze scripts, but also oracle scripts on tortoise shells, laying the foundation for his preference for the form of tortoise shell in hiswork. In recent years, Mr Cheung also imparted the images of four spirits in his works. On display is a totem form sculpture in cast bronze entitled ''Heaven and Earth'', which illustrates the artist's consistent art concepts throughout the years and his interest in the philosophy in the Yijing (classic of changes). Presented by the Urban Council, the exhibition will run till September 19 at the Special Exhibition Gallery of the Museum of Art. A special art video in English and Cantonese will be shown four times daily during the exhibition period.