Wong Wucius

1936, Dongguan Guangdong China

Introduction

Born in 1936 in Guangdong Province, China, Wucius Wong is a celebrated ink painter and a proponent of the Hong Kong New Ink Movement. He grew up in Hong Kong, and under the tutelage of Lui Shou-kwan began studying Chinese ink painting in 1955. He co-founded the Modern Literature and Art Association before becoming a member of the One Art Group. After organising the First Hong Kong International Salon of Painting in 1960, he went on to study at the Columbus College of Art and Design in the United States, before obtaining a BFA and MFA from the Maryland Institute of Art. He was a lecturer at the Extra Mural Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1965, principal lecturer at the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic in 1966, and was a curator at the City Hall Museum and Art Gallery from 1967 to 1984. In 1971, he was awarded an Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, and the Emeritus Fellowship of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 1998. Presently, he is an Adjunct Professor of the Fine Arts Department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, museum expert adviser to the Leisure and Culture Department, Honorary Chairman of the Chinese Ink Painting Institute in Hong Kong, Committee Member of the Hong Kong Chinese Artists Association, and Committee Member of the Chinese Ink Painting Institute in Beijing, and artist residence at Hong Kong Polytechnic.

Alisan Fine Arts has organised joint exhibitions for Wong and Pat Hui, featuring their collaborative works in two shows in 1987 and 2005. Notably, Wong was featured in two important exhibitions organised by the gallery to commemorate the life and work of Lui and his students in 1995 and 2015. Wong’s paintings have been exhibited in over eighty solo and group exhibitions across the globe. Two major retrospective exhibitions for Wong have been held at the Hong Kong Museum of Art in 2006, and at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2016.

His paintings were included in China: 5000 Years held at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 1998, New Ink Art: Innovation and Beyond, curated by Alice King in 2008 and held at the Hong Kong Museum of Art. His works have been collected by the Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; British Museum, London; Museum fur Ostasiatische Kunst, Berlin; National Gallery of Victoria, Australia; Shanghai Art Museum; Hong Kong Heritage Museum; University Museum and Art Gallery, University of Hong Kong; Hong Kong Museum of Art.


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

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