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. From the 1960s-1980s he worked as an Extramural Course Coordinator at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Assistant Curator of the City Museum and Art Gallery, and Principal Lecturer of the Hong Kong Polytechnic. He was awarded an Asian Cultural Council Fellowship in 1971 and received Bronze Bauhinia Star Medal of the Hong Kong SAR Government, Lifetime Achievement Award of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, University Fellowship of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Presently, he is an Adjunct Professor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Permanent Chairman of the Chinese Painting Institute Hong Kong, Committee Member of the National Chinese Painting Institute, Honorary Advisor to the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government, and to the Hong Kong Artists Association.

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 Organised 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 Organised 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 the United States and Europe; visited the United Kingdom under the 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 the 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
Artist residence at Hong Kong Polytechnic
Present
Adjunct Professor, Fine Arts Department, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Honorary Advisor, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Hong Kong SAR Government, Hong Kong
Permanent Chairman, Chinese Painting Institute, Hong Kong
Honorary Advisor, Hong Kong Artists Association, Hong Kong
Committee Member, National Chinese Painting Institute, Beijing, China

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017 

  • Wucius Wong: Eternal Water, Sotheby's Hong Kong Gallery, Hong Kong
2016
  • Ink Innovations and Crossovers: Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings by Wucius Wong, Innovation Gallery, Jockey Club Innovation Tower, Hong Kong
  • Polytechnic University, 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, UK 
  • Goethe Institute, Hong Kong

1999

  • Hanart TZ Gallery Hong Kong

1998

  • Kaikodo Gallery, New York, USA

1997

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

1991

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

1990

  • Rotunda, Exchange Square, Hong Kong
1989
  • Gerald Godfrey Far Eastern Art, London, UK
  • Hanart Gallery Inc, New York, USA

1988

  • Hsiung Shih Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

1987

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

1983

  • Hui Arts, Minneapolis, USA

1982

  • Printmakers Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

1980

  • Gallery Eighties, Toronto, Canada

1979

  • Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings and Prints by Wucius Wong, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong

1975

  • Goethe-Institut Hong Kong, Hong Kong

1959

  • British Council, Hong Kong


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020 

  • Asian Cultural Council Fellows Second Annual Exhibition 2020, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong

2019 

  • Hong Kong Experience • Hong Kong Experiment, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong Waters Korean Mountains: Hong Kong & Korean Art Exchange Exhibition, Hong Kong Central Library, Hong Kong
  • Ink Asia, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

2018 

  • The Weight of Lightness: Ink Art at M+,  M+ Pavilion, Hong Kong

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
  • 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, UK
2000 
  • Asian Acquisitions 1990-1999, Arthur Sackler Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA

1998

  • Shanghai Art Biennale, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  • China 5000 Years, Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
  • Shenzhen International Ink Biennale, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen, 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, USA
  • Beyond the Borders: Art by Recent Immigrants, Bronx Museum of Arts, New York, USA
  • Orientations: Travelling Exhibition of Chinese, Japanese, Korean Paintings, David Adamson Gallery, Washington DC; Louisville Visual Art Association, Kentucky, USA

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, USA
  • 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, 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, UK

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, USA
1963 
  • Columbus Art League Annual Exhibition, Ohio, USA

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 Biennial, Sao Paulo, Brazil

1960 

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


SELECTED AWARDS

1970 John D Rockefeller III Fund Grant, USA
1998 Fellowship Emeritus, Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Hong Kong
Jos. V Canzani Award for Alumni Excellence, Columbus College of Art & Design, Ohio, USA
2007 Received Bronze Bauhinia Star Medal by Hong Kong Government
2015 Honorary Artist of the Year, awarded by Asia Society, Hong Kong

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS 
Minnesota Museum of Art, Minnesota, USA
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota, USA
Saint Paul Art Museum, Minnesota, USA
Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA
Museum of Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, USA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
Florida A & M University, Florida, USA
City University of New York, New York, USA
Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, USA
Morgan Guaranty Trust, New York, USA
Prudential Insurance, New York, USA
American Express, Washington DC, USA
The World Bank, Washington DC, USA
Ford Motor Company, Detroit, USA
British Museum, London, UK
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