Lai TC

1921, Hong Kong

Introduction

TC Lai was born in 1921 in Hong Kong to a family of scholars. During the 1940s, he studied at the University of Hong Kong and University of Manchester before working for four years in London in jobs related to Chinese cultural affairs. In 1954, Lai returned to Hong Kong and became a tutor in the English Department at the University of Hong Kong, remaining until 1958. He was appointed Director of Extra Mural Studies at Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1965. During the 1970s, he was the president of the Hong Kong Translation Society and an adviser to the Hong Kong Museum of Art. He has published more than thirty-five books on Chinese culture and art, including Chinese Painting (Oxford University Press), Calligraphy (University of Washington Press), and Chinese Seals (University of Washington Press). He retired from teaching in 1984, and began devoting his time to painting. He is currently honorary advisor to the Hong Kong Translation Society. As a classical Chinese scholar steeped in Western culture he has incorporated elements of both to make his art uniquely his. Lai typically positions viewers from various vantage points in which to enter the pictorial frame, a hallmark of traditional Chinese painting. He is particularly known for his landscape paintings of Hong Kong, including scenes of Victoria Harbour, Lion Rock, the Botanical Garden, and Shatin racecourse.

Alisan Fine Arts began representing Lai in 1992 and since then has held four solo exhibitions for the artist, most recently in 2013. He has also held solo exhibitions at the University Museum and Art Gallery, University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Central Library, and Hong Kong City Hall. His works have been collected by the Peabody Essex Museum, United States; Hong Kong Museum of Art; University Museum and Art Gallery, University of Hong Kong; the Chinese University of Hong Kong to name a few.

BIOGRAPHY
1921      Born in Hong Kong to a family of scholars

1940s      MA, University of Hong Kong and Dip Ad Ed, University of Manchester, England

1946-49      Worked for four years in jobs related to Chinese cultural affairs, London,England

1954-58      Returned to Hong Kong and became a tutor in English Department, University of HongKong

1965      Director of Extramural Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong

1970s      President of Hong Kong Translation Society

Adviser to Hong Kong Museum of Art

President of Rotary Club of Hong Kong Island West

1975      Published the book Chinese Calligraphy, an introduction, University of Washington Press, Seattle, United States & London, England

1976      Published the book Chinese Seals, University of Washington Press, Seattle, United States & London, England

1977      Published the book Chinese Motifs in Modern Art, Kelly & Walsh Ltd, Hong Kong

1984      Retired from Chinese University of Hong Kong and started painting professionally

1980s      Published more than 35 books on Chinese culture

1992      Published the book Chinese Painting, Oxford University Press, New York, United States

1994      Published the catalogue Hong Kong, A Pictorial Homage, Hong Kong Book Centre, Hong Kong

1997      Published the catalogue Hong Kong Rhapsody, The Art of TC Lai, Hong Kong BookCentre, Hong Kong

1999      Published the catalogue Dreamscapes, The Art of TC Lai, University Museum and Art Gallery, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2005      Published the catalogue Paintings and Calligraphy Works of TC Lai, Hong Kong Translation Society, Hong Kong

2010      Painting entitled “Panorama Hong Kong” selected by Hong Kong Society for theProtection of Children for a greeting card

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013   

2011   

  • Chinese Calligraphy and Paintings by TC Lai, City Hall, Hong Kong

2005   

  • Paintings and Calligraphy Works of TC Lai, Hong Kong Translation Society Charity Exhibition, Hong Kong Central Library, Hong Kong

2003   

  • Calligraphy of TC Lai, Grotto Fine Art, Hong Kong

2002   

  • Brave New City: The Hong Kong of TC Lai, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong

1999   

  • Dreamscapes: The Art of TC Lai, University Museum and Art Gallery, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

1997   

  • Wonders of Hong Kong, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong

1994   

  • Hong Kong: A Pictorial Homage, Alisan Fine Arts,HongKong

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017   

2016   

2009   

1997   

 

Selected Public Collections

Peaboby Essex Musuem, MA, United States

Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong

University Museum and Art Gallery, University of Hong Kong

Art Museum, Chinese University of Hong Kong

 

Publications

He has published more than 35 books on Chinese culture including, Chinese Painting (Oxford University Press 1992), Chinese Calligraphy (University of Washington Press 1975), and Chinese Seals (University of Washington Press 1976). 

 

Three Contemporary Chinese Painters

Kwelin: China’s Most Scenic Spot

Ch’i Pai Shih, painter, 1863-1957

More Chinese Sayings

The Eight Immortals

A Scholar in Imperial China

Mountain Love Songs

Romance of the Western Chamber

Noble Fragrance: Chinese Flowers & Trees

Chinese Decorated Letter-paper

Visiting China: A Cultural Guide

Rhapsodic Essays from the Chinese

Understanding Chinese Painting

Chinese Characters

At the Chinese Table

A Chinese Book of Friendship

T’ang Ying (poet-painter)1470-1524

Chinese Couplets

Things Chinese

Selected Chinese Sayings

Chinese Proverbs

Pa Ta Shan Jen, Monk-Painter (1625-c.1705)

Chinese Poetry

Treasures of a Chinese Studio

Hong Kong: Images on Shifting Waters

The Young Cowherd & Other Poems

Chinese Food for Thought

A Wild Swan’s Trail

Animals of the Chinese Zodiac

Huang Bin Hong 1864-1955

Brushwork in Chinese Landscape Painting