Fung Ming-chip

1951, Hong Kong

Introduction

Born in Guangdong, China, in 1951 Fung Ming-chip grew up in Hong Kong, before spending his early adult life in New York and Taiwan. Self-taught, Fung’s career spans nearly four decades and is rooted in the written word first explored through the classical art of seal engraving.  The artist later expanded his artistic practice to wood-carving, ink painting, calligraphy, sculpture and sgraffito. 


Since 1975, Fung has diligently practiced traditional calligraphy, and has also been guided by the hallmarks of Abstract Expressionism, especially by the movement’s emphasis on the gestural treatment of line and space. Significantly, this school of artists, including Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, and Mark Tobey drew their inspiration from Chinese calligraphy and culture. In 1977, he moved to New York, and since 1986, he has lived between New York, Taipei and Hong Kong before settling in Hong Kong, where he currently resides and practices. In 2004, he was artist in residence at Jesus College, Cambridge University, in the United Kingdom.


Through his own unique process of research and analysis, Fung Ming-chip draws out new inferences on both a technical and conceptual level, leading him to new discoveries. To date, he has developed over one hundred and forty new strains of calligraphy. Positing and predicting new classifications in calligraphic development, Fung undertakes experiments to determine the feasibilities and possibilities inherent within each one. In this way he not only extends the tradition of calligraphy, but also expands its development as a contemporary art form.





BIOGRAPHY

1951   Born in Guangdong, China

1956   Raised in Hong Kong where he started working after completed primary school

1977   Moved to New York, US

1986   Began living between New York, Hong Kong and Taiwan

1986   Playwright and director of 5 dramas in Taipei, Taiwan 

1992   Publication a fiction Curious Dealer’s Mermaid

2004   Artist in Residence at Jesus College, Cambridge University, UK

2006   Lives in Hong Kong

2007   Mural: Inner Universe, Centre for ContemporaryArt, Santa Fe, New Mexico, US

2008   Les Poèmes du Mandarin Tableware Collection,Hermès, France

2014   Artist’s Talk, Asian Art Hong Kong, Liang Yi Museum, Hong Kong

2015   Invited to give a talk at 70 John Gallery, New York, US

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017         

  • MEME, Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong
2015        
  • Shu Fa Sutra, Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong
2013
  • Meaning in Timeing, Sin Sin Fine Art, Hong Kong
  • M. Sutherland Fine Arts, New York, US
2012        
  • Mandarin Oriental, Miami, US
  • Art Platform – Los Angeles, US
  • To Be & Not To Be, The Private Museum, Singapore
2011
  • Asia One Art Fair, Hong Kong
  • Miami Art Fair, Miami, US
2010         
  • Sin Sin Fine Art, Hong Kong
2007,09
  • Gebert Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico, US
2006
  • Recent Work, Fung Ming-chip, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
  • Leda Fletcher Gallery, Shanghai, China
2005
  • Beginning of Infinity, Neuhoff Gallery, New York, US
  • Goedhuis Contemporary, New York, US
  • Abstract Forms, Art Beatus, Hong Kong
2004
  • Rational Line, Jesus College, Cambridge University, UK
2002  
  • 10 Chancery Gallery, Hong Kong
  • Gallery Saka, Tokyo, Japan
2001  
  • Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
2000  
  • Goedhuis Contemporary, London, UK
1999  
  • Tsing Hwa University, Hsin Chu, Taiwan
  • Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Caligrafia Chinesa de Fung Ming-chip, Galeria da Casa Garden, Fundacåo Oriente, Macau       
1997-99
  • Hanart Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan; Kong Hong
1995
  • Party, Pan Pan Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan
1994
  • Sculpture, Hanart Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Value Transformation, Duchamp Gallery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan 
1993
  • Dialogue Between Pictures and Words, Top Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Variations of Seal Carving, County Cultural Centre, Taipei, Taiwan              
1992
  • Logos and Method, Hanart Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1991
  • The Word by Ming-chip Fung,Quart Society, Hong Kong             
1990
  • Root of the Words, Hanart Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan; Hong Kong              
1986
  • The Seal 1975-1985, Asian Arts Institute, New York, US
1984
  • Photo Space, Catherine Gallery, New York, US
  • The Seal - Another Chapter, G&G Associates Fine Art, New York, US
1982
  • Lenscape, American Library, United States of America Consulate, Hong Kong


Selected Group Exhibitions

2018

  • 2050. A Brief History of the Future, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan

  •  Ink Worlds: Contemporary Chinese Painting from the Collection of Akiko Yamakazi and Jerry Yang, The Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Palo Alto, US

2017                         
  • Art Taipei, Alisan Fine Arts, Taipei World Trade Centre, Taipei, Taiwan
2016        
  • Alisan Fine Arts 35 Years, Hong Kong Central Library, Hong Kong
  • The 9th International Ink Art Biennale of Shenzhen, Shenzhen Fine Art Institute, Shenzhen, China   

2016-2015           
  • Magic of Chinese Characters, Chinese Calligraphy in 3000 Years, Museum Rietberg, Zurich, Switzerland
2015              
  • Tracing the Brush: Transformed Text, 1st Ink Asia, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
  • Writing Non-writing, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
  • The Garden of Winter Light, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
  • A Tale of Two Cities, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
  • Echoes of One Hand Clapping: Picturing Sound in Asian Art, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, US

2013                          
  • Noirs D’Encre. Regards Croisés, Foundation Baur Musée des Arts D’Extreme-Orient, Genéve, Switzerland
  • Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US
2011                          
  • Ink Art vs Ink Art, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
2010                          
  • Writing/Non-writing, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
  • Ink Art VS Ink Art, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2009                          
  • Selected Hong Kong Artists, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
  • Calligraffiti, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, US
  • In Other World, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
2008                         
  • New Ink Art: Innovation and Beyond, curated by Alice King, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
  • Shenzhen Ink Biennial, Shenzhen Museum of Art, Shenzhen, China
  • Looking for Antonio Mak, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
2007                          
  • Made In China, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark; Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
2005                          
  • The Act of Writing and of Non-writing: The Open Space for Chinese Calligraphy, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
  • The Painted Word: Language as Image in Modern Art, Lafayette College, Pennsylvania, US
2004                          
  • Do A Book, Plum Blossoms Gallery, New York, US
2003                          
  • Up Down Left Right – Modern Perception in Chinese Calligraphy, Plum Blossoms Gallery, New York, US

2002                        
  • Gestures, Neuhoff Gallery, New York, US
  • Paris-Pekin, Espace Cardin, Paris, France
  • China, Museum Saap, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2001                          
  • The Rhythmic Line: Contemporary Calligraphy, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
  • Tradition and Experimentation: 2nd Chinese Calligraphy of the Millennium, Ho’s Gallery of Calligraphy Arts, Taipei; Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Art, Taiwan
  • China Without Borders, Goedhuis Contemporary at Sotheby’s, New York, US
2000       
  • New Perspective on Contemporary Calligraphy, Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
  • Tradition and Experimentation: Chinese Calligraphy of the Millenium, Ho’s Gallery of Calligraphy Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
1999-2002               
  • The Power of Words, Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
1999                          
  • Medium Transpositio, Kuo Mu Sheng Foundation Art Centre, Taiwan
  • Tracing 2000, Color Field Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan

  • Avant Gardes en Chine, Galerie LOFT, Paris, France
1998                          
  • Fans, Color Field Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan

  •  

    A Taiwan Decade, Hanart Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

1997                          
  • Stream Segment, Asian American Arts Centre, New York, US
  • Ten Year Anniversary, Asian American Art Institute, New York, US

  • Before 1997, Hanart Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

1996                          
  • Asia Pacific Heritage Month, Mass Transit Authority Headquarters, New York, US
1995                        
  • Looking Through Lines, Dimension Endowment of Art, Taipei, Taiwan
1994                          
  • Flowering in the West, Haenah-Kent Gallery, New York, US
1993                          
  • In the Chinese Spirit, Hanart Gallery, Hong Kong
1992                          
  • The Way of Calligraphy, Hanart Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1990                          
  • Chinesische Kalligraphie, Galerie Lommel, Germany
1988                          
  • Words, Words, Words, Hanart 2 Gallery, Hong Kong, China
1985                          
  • Contemporary Primitive, ABC NO RIO, New York, US
  • Asian Artists Show, A Gallery, New York, US
1984                          
  • Gorilla Art Show, Avenue B Gallery, New York, US
  • Small Works Exhibition, Washington Square East Galleries, New York University, New York, US   
1983                          
  • Self-Portrait, The Landmark, Hong Kong
1981                         
  • Chinese Center, Montreal, Canada
1979                         
  • Center for Chinese Art and Culture, Boston, US
1977                         
  • City Hall, Hong Kong

 

SELECTED SPECIAL PROJECTS

2004  Artist in Residence, Jesus College, Cambridge University, UK

2007  Mural: Inner Universe, Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico, US

2008  Les Poèmes du Mandarin Tableware Collection, Hermès, France

2014  After Mi Fu Handscroll, Response to Mi Fu’s Boat on Wu River, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US    

 

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, US

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, US

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, US

Los Angeles County Museum of Arts, Los Angeles, US

Harvard University Art Museum, Cambridge, US

Princeton University Art Gallery, Princeton, US

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, US

World Bank, Washington D.C., US
Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Collection, US

Khoan & Michael Sullivan Collection, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University, UK

The Olenska Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland

Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

White Rabbit Collection, Sydney, Australia

Taiwan Museum of Art, Taichung, Taiwan

Westin Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan

Ju Ming Foundation, Taiwan

Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
United Airlines, Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong

China Club, Hong Kong

Mobil Oil, Hong Kong    

Shanghai Tang, Hong Kong & New York

Fundacao Oriente, Macau