Hui Pat & Wong Wucius

1943, Hong Kong; 1936, Guangdong China

Introduction

Wucius Wong and Pat Hui were both students of Lui Shou Kwan, Hong Kong's doyen of Chinese ink painting. They shared a common interest in poetry, calligraphy and painting since they met almost 50 years ago. Wucius uses poems from the Tang and Song Dynasty as well as his own modern compositions and writes them in a running cursive style, superimposed over the colourful abstract 'landscapes' by Pat Hui. The result is a visual translation and interpretation of poetry comprising of colour, sound, scent and scenery.

 

Wucius Wong was born in 1936 in Guangdong Province, China, and moved to Hong Kong at a very young age. He began as a self- taught artist attracted to Western modernism and later studied under the tutelage of Lui Shou-Kwan in 1958, whose works entailed the exploration of traditional concepts via a modernist approach. Often compared to the classical Chinese landscape painters of the Northern Song dynasty, Wong has mastered the ability to evoke the spirit of poetry within his sweeping ink works. Having participated in various important exhibitions worldwide, his works are collected by various museums and institutions around the world.

 

Hui began studying painting under Lui Shou-kwan in 1961 after Wong introduced them. Following undergraduate studies in Philosophy at the University of Hong Kong, she attended the University of Minnesota where she completed a PhD in Western Philosophy with a minor in Chinese and Indian Buddhism. In 1974, she studied Studio Art and Design at the same university. In 1978, she moved to Canada and began designing clothes using her own technique of painting on silk. Since then she has founded her own fine art gallery, Hui Arts, in Canada and the United States, and the art studio Traffic Zone Centre for Visual Arts in Minneapolis. All the while she has continued painting, combining her ink art with her studies in philosophy and literature. Her works have been collected by Minneapolis Institute of Arts; The Marsh, Minneapolis; Hongkong Land; American Express, Hong Kong; BHF Bank, Hong Kong.

 

WUCIUS WONG BIOGRAPHY 
1936   Born in Dongguan, Guangdong, China
1938   Moved to Hong Kong
1955   Co-publisher of the periodical Poetry Blossom
1958   Began studying with Lui Shou-kwan
1959   Co-founder and chairman of the Modern Literature and Art Association, Hong Kong
1960   Organized 1st International Salon of Painting, Hong Kong
1961   Studied at Columbus College of Art and Design, Ohio, United States
1963-64   Received BFA and MFA degrees, Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore, USA
1965   Organized art and design courses, Extra Mural Department, Chinese University of Hong Kong
1966   Assistant Curator, City Hall Museum and Art Gallery, Hong Kong
1967   Principal lecturer, School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, until 1984
1970   Grantee of John D Rockefeller 3rd Fund, stayed in New York to do research on Modern Art, United States
1971   Travelled in United States and Europe; visited United Kingdom under sponsorship of British Council
1972   Acting Curator, City Hall Museum and Art Gallery, Hong Kong
1976   Appointed Honorary Adviser, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
1984   Panellist on the Symposium on 20th Century Chinese Painting, Hong Kong
Immigrated to United States, took up residence in Minnesota
1985-1994   Moved to Columbus, Ohio, United States
1989   Panellist, Symposium on Contemporary Chinese Art, China Institute in America, New York, United States Harrisburg, United States
1991   Resident artist, Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, United States
1993-94   Visiting artist, League of NH Craftman Spring Conference, Concord; Louisville Visual Art Association, Kentucky, United States
1994   Speaker, Conference on the Nature of Chinese Painting, University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom
1996   Moved back to Hong Kong
2007   Received Bronze Bauhinia Star Medal by Hong Kong Government
2014   Published Collection of Essays by Wucius Wong, Flower City Publishing, Guangzhou, China
2015   Honorary Artist of the Year, awarded by Asia Society, Hong Kong
Present Adjunct Professor, Fine Arts Department, Chinese University of
Hong Kong Museum Expert Adviser, Leisure and Culture Department,
Hong Kong Honorary Chairman, Chinese Ink Painting Institute, Hong
Kong Adviser, Hong Kong Artists Association, Hong Kong
Committee Member, Chinese Ink Painting Institute, Beijing, China

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016 

  • Ink Innovations and Crossovers: Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings by Wucius Wong, Innovation Gallery, Jockey Club Innovation Tower, Hong Kong
  • Polytechnic University, Hong Kong 1959 British Council, Hong Kong

2010 

  • Spirit of Sky and Land: Artworks by Wucius Wong, Exhibition Gallery of the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau,Macau
  • 2006 At the East—West Crossroads—The Art of Wucius Wong, Hong Kong 
  • Museum of Art, Hong Kong

2000

  • Goedhuis Contemporary, London, United Kingdom 1975
  • Goethe Institut, Hong Kong

1999

  • Hanart TZ Gallery Hong Kong

1998

  • Kaikodo Gallery, New York, United States

1997

  • Plum Blossoms International, Hong Kong, Singapore
1994
  • Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

1991

  • Alice R Rogers Gallery, Saint John University, Minnesota, United States
  • Gallery 456, Chinese-American Arts Council, New York, United States 1979
  • Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong

1990

  • Rotunda, Exchange Square, Hong Kong
1989
  • Gerald Godfrey Far Eastern Art, London, United Kingdom
  • Hanart Gallery, New York, United States

1988

  • Hsiung Shih Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

1987

  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota, United States
1986
  • Charlotte Horstmann & Gerald Godfrey, Hong Kong

1983

  • Hui Arts, Minneapolis, United States

1982

  • Printmakers Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

1980

  • Gallery Eighties, Toronto, Canada


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018            


2017 

2016 

2015 
  • A Legacy of Ink: Lui Shou-kwan 40 Years On, Hong Kong Arts Centre,
    Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong

2012 

  • Ink Painting – International Ink Painting Exhibition and Symposium,
  • National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan
  • The Origin of Tao – New Dimensions in Chinese Contemporary Art, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
2011 
  • 7th International Ink Art Biennale of Shenzhen, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

2009 

  • 6th International Ink Painting Biennale of Shenzhen, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
  • Central Library, Hong Kong Selected Hong Kong Artists, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong

2008  

  • Hong Kong Art: Open Dialogue Exhibition Series II – New Ink Art: Innovation and Beyond, curated by Alice King, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong 
  • Beyond the Surface: Works of Chinese Abstract Art Exhibition, Macau Museum of Art, Macau

2007 

  • Hong Kong Contemporary Chinese Ink Painting Exhibition 2007, In Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Hong Kong’s Return to the Motherland, Artist Commune, Hong Kong
2006 
  • Contemporary Hong Kong Ink Painting Exhibition, Hong Kong Central Library, Hong Kong

2005 

  • The Poetic Visions – Poetry, Calligraphy, Painting by Wucius Wong and Pat Hui, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong

2004 

  • Xin Xie Yi – Selections of New Freehand Chinese Ink Painting by Invited Artists, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
  • 4th International Ink Painting Biennial of Shenzhen, Guan Shanyue
  • Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
2002,04 
  • Kaleidoscope – Contemporary Hong Kong Art, Alisan Fine Arts, 
    Hong Kong 2002 3rd International Ink Painting of Shenzhen: Metropolis Ink Painting, 
    Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

2001 

  • Hong Kong Cityscapes – Ink Painting in Transition, Brunei Gallery, The School of Oriental and African Studies,London, United Kingdom
2000 
  • Asian Acquisitions 1990-1999, Arthur Sackler Museum, Harvard University, United States

1998

  • Shanghai Art Biennale, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  • China 5000 Years, Guggenheim Museum, New York, United States
    Shenzhen International Ink Biennale, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, China

1995

  • Lui Shou-kwan (1919-1975) And His School, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong

1994 

  • The Beauty of Ink, Exhibition of Ink Paintings by Contemporary Master Artists in North America, Chinese Culture Centre, Westmont; Chicago 
  • Cultural Centre, Chicago, United States
  • Beyond the Borders – Art by Recent Immigrants, Bronx Museum of the  Arts, New York, United States
  • Orientations – Travelling Exhibition of Chinese, Japanese, Korean Paintings, David Adamson Gallery, Washington DC; Louisville Visual Art Association, Kentucky, United States

1992 

  • Contemporary Hong Kong Art Biennale, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong

1990 

  • Exhibition of 19th and 20th Century Chinese Paintings, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong

1988 

  • Continuity and Change: Five Contemporary Chinese Artists, Yale University Art Gallery, Connecticut, United States
  • Aspetti della Pittura Chinese Contemporanea, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Ferrara, Italy
  • 1st International Ink-Wash Painting Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

1986 

  • Development of Modern Chinese Painting – A Retrospective Exhibition, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

1987 

  • The Poetic Visions: Collaborative with Pat Hui, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong

1985 

  • Shui Mo – The New Spirit of Chinese Tradition, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong

1983 

  • Overseas Chinese Artists Exhibition, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

1982 

  • Contemporary Hong Kong Art, Metropolitan Museum of Manila,Philippines
  • 1st Exhibition of Asian Art, Bahrain

1980 

  • Art Toronto ‘80, Toronto, Canada

1976 

  • Art ‘76, Fung Ping Shan Museum, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong 

1975 

  • Annual Art Exhibition, National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan

1973 

  • Five Contemporary Chinese Painters, Mavis Chapman Gallery, Sydney, Australia

1971 

  • Art Now Hong Kong, London, Edinburgh, Bristol, Manchester, United Kingdom

1970 

  • Hong Kong Art Exhibition, Hong Kong Pavilion Expo ‘70, Osaka, Japan

1969 

  • Contemporary Hong Kong Art, City Hall Museum and Art Gallery, Hong Kong

1966 

  • One Art Group Exhibition, Manila, Philippines

1964 

  • Museum Annual Exhibition, Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland, United States
1963 
  • Columbus Art League Annual Exhibition, Ohio, United States

1962 

  • Fifth Moon Group Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Saigon International, Saigon, Vietnam
  • Hong Kong Art Today, City Hall Museum and Art Gallery, Hong Kong

1961 

  • Sao Paulo Biennale, Sao Paulo, Brazil

1960 

  • 1st Hong Kong International Salon of Painting, Hong Kong


SELECTED AWARDS

1970   John D Rockefeller III Fund Grant, United States
1999   Fellowship Emeritus, Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Hong Kong
Jos. V Canzani Award for Alumni Excellence, Columbus College of Art &
Design, Ohio, United States

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS 
Minnesota Museum of Art, Minnesota
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota
Saint Paul Art Museum, Minnesota
Harvard University, Massachusetts
Museum of Chicago Art Institute, Chicago
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Florida A & M University, Florida
City University of New York, New York
Chase Manhattan Bank, New York
Morgan Guaranty Trust, New York
Prudential Insurance, New York
American Express, Washington DC
The World Bank, Washington DC
Ford Motor Company, Detroit
British Museum, London, United Kingdom
Museum fur Ostasiatische Kunst, Berlin, Germany
Eastern Art Museum, Hamburg, Germany
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Australia National Trust, Melbourne, Australia
Union Bank of Switzerland, Switzerland
Shanghai Art Museum, China
First National Bank of Dallas, Singapore
Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
University Museum and Art Gallery, University of Hong Kong
Peninsula Group, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Jockey Club, Hong Kong
Standard & Chartered Bank, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Land, Hong Kong
Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation, Hong Kong

PAT HUI BIOGRAPHY

1943 Born in Hong Kong

1961-62 Learned Chinese painting from Lui Shou-kwan 

1963 Member of Modern Literature and Art Association, Hong Kong

1964 BA (Hons.), University of Hong Kong, major: Western philosophy; minor: Chinese philosophy

1967-71 Graduate School, University of Minnesota, United States, major: Western philosophy; minor: Chinese and Indian Buddhism

1974 Studio Art and Design Department, University of Minnesota, United States

1980 Founded Hui Arts, Toronto, Canada

Participated in Art Toronto ‘80

1981-86 Founded Hui Arts, Minneapolis, United States, representing contemporary Chinese artists from all over the world

1997 Founded Hui Arts Studio at Traffic Zone Centre for Visual Arts, Minneapolis, United States

Present Lives in Minneapolis, United States, working as an artist, writer and translator

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2010

  • Exhibition with Paul Kwok, Traffic Zone Gallery, Minneapolis, United States

2007

  • By the Water—Colourful Seasons in Minnesota, Works by Pat Hui and Paul Kwok, Chung Chi College, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2005

2003

  • To Live and to Create: Painting/Poetry/Calligraphy/Translation by Pat Hui, Hui Arts, Minneapolis, United States

2002

  • Painting/Poetry/Calligraphy, Marsh Gallery, Minnetonka, Minnesota, United States

1998-2015

  • Annual Spring Exhibition with Paul Kwok, Hui Arts, Minneapolis, United States

1997

  • Painting/Poetry/Calligraphy/Translation/Fashion/Photography by Pat Hui, Hui Arts, Minneapolis, United States

1993

  • New Landscapes, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong

1987

  • The Poetic Vision: Poetry, Painting, Calligraphy with Wucius Wong, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong

1986

  • Spring: Poetry, Painting, Calligraphy, Hui Arts, Minneapolis, United States

1985

  • The Shadow of Poetry: Fashion Design, Painting, Calligraphy, Honeywell Corporate Gallery, Minneapolis, United States

1984

  • The Poet’s Vision: Painting, Poetry, Calligraphy, Hui Arts, Minneapolis, United States


1983

  • Painting and Fashion, Hui Arts, Minneapolis, United States

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015

2009

2004

  • 125 Group Exhibition, Poetry (English & Chinese) /Painting by Paul Kwok/Calligraphy by Pat Hui, Hui Arts, Minneapolis, United States

2000

  • 145 Group Exhibition, Poetry (English & Chinese) /Painting by Paul Kwok/Calligraphy by Pat Hui, Hui Arts, Minneapolis, United States

1995

1988

  • Three Friends: with Robert Lesch, Paul Kwok, Red Carpet Gallery, Minneapolis, United States

1987

  • Opening show, Forum Gallery, Minneapolis, United States

1985

  • Shui Mo – The New Spirit of Chinese Tradition, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong 
  • Painting/Poetry/Calligraphy with Wucius Wong, Lu Weiming, Hui Arts, Minneapolis, United States

 

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, United States

The Marsh, Minneapolis, United States

Hongkong Land, Hong Kong

American Express Bank, Hong Kong

BHF Bank, Hong Kong