Chui Tze-hung

1936, Hong Kong

Introduction

Writing about Chui Tze-hung’s solo exhibition at Alisan Fine Arts in the South China Morning Post on the 18th of May 1987, art critic Nigel Cameron stated that the great challenge of the 1960s and 1970s for younger Chinese artists was how to revitalise the tradition of Chinese painting which was moribund. Chui was one of the dozen or so painters of those times who set his mind and brush to this. 

Born in Hong Kong in 1936, today Chui is a well-known ink painter. In 1962 he graduated from the China College in Hong Kong, with an emphasis on Chinese art. In 1968 he studied printmaking with the American artist Joan Farrar and in 1969 Chinese ink painting with Lui Shou-Kwan. He began teaching art in 1985. He has published three books about the Hong Kong art scene, including Beyond the Painter’s Brush in 1991 and Art Talks, Art Circle in 1992. He founded studio Touchstone at the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre in Hong Kong in 2005. He is currently an advisor to the Jao Tsung-I Academic and Art Research Centre, University of Hong Kong, Vice Chairman of Hong Kong Artists Association, and Honorary President of the Chinese Poem, Calligraphy and Painting Research Institute Lingnan Branch Campus. Chui also has had a long career in art criticism and has written articles for the Golden Age Magazine, Artist Magazine, Companion Pictorial, Wen Wei Pao, Hong Kong Commercial Daily, and New Evening Post. He was also a member of the influential art groups In Tao Group and One Art Group (founded in 1971).

Since his solo exhibition in 1987, the gallery has included his works in three group exhibitions, including two exhibitions for Lui Shou-Kwan and his students in 1995 and more recently in 2015, and the Uniquely Hong Kong: A Celebration of Hong Kong Art in 2020.

 


BIOGRAPHY
1936 Born in Hong Kong
1958-1962  Studied Chinese art at China College, Hong Kong
1968 Studied print-making with Joan Farrar (American artist)
Co-founded In Tao Art Association
1969 Studied Chinese ink painting with Lui Shou-Kwan at Extra Mural Department, Chinese University of Hong Kong
1971 Co-founded One Art Group
1985 
Taught art at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
1988 Residency at Artists’ Colonies, Chicago, United States 
1991 Published Beyond the Painters’ Brush
1992 Published Art Talks, Art Circle
Taught art at the School of Professional and Continuing Education, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Starts practicing calligraphy
1993 Started adding calligraphy to his paintings
1998 Published The Hong Kong Art Scene
1999 Interviewed by CNN for his establishment in art as a calligrapher
2002 Calligraphic work was published as a Hong Kong stamp, and Inscription for Bauhinia Garden in Wanchai, Hong Kong
2005 Established studio Touchstone at Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, Hong Kong
Present Advisory of Jao Tsung-I Academic and Art Research Centre, University of Hong Kong,  and Hong Kong Culture, Education and Communication Association
Vice-Chairman of Hong Kong Writers Association, and Hong Kong Artists Association
Honorary President of the Chinese Poem, Calligraphy and Painting Research Institute Lingnan Branch Campus
Lives in Hong Kong

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018 

  • In Search of Myself, Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, Hong Kong
2014
  • In Search of Myself Travelling Exhibition, Jao Tsung-I Academic and Art Research Centre, Guangzhou, China; Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Jao Tsung-I Art Gallery, Dongguan, China
2010
  • 50 Years of Art: Retrospective Exhibition, Art Museum of Guangdong Painting Academy, Guangzhou, China
2008
  • Sensuous Colour-fields by Chui Tze-hung, Bang & Olufsen Gallery, Hong Kong
1994
  • Line within Line: Sketches and Calligraphy, Artland Gallery, Hong Kong
1987
  • A Decade Plus: An Exhibition of Ink Paintings from 1970 to 1987, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
1986
  • Museum Luis de Camões, Macau
  • Retrospective: In  Search of Myself, the American Library, Hong Kong
1972
  • United States Information Services, National 228 Memorial Museum, Taipei, Taiwan; Consulate General of United States Hong Kong and Macau, Hong Kong
1968
  • The American Library, Hong Kong


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020

  • Uniquely Hong Kong: A Celebration of Hong Kong Art, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong

2016

  • Being and Inking: Documenting Contemporary Ink Art 2001-2016, Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art, Guangzhou, China

2015

2007
  • Paintings on Ceramics Teapots, Shenzhen Pokart, Shenzhen, China
2006
  • The Spirit of Hong Kong Visual Art, HKU Space, Hong Kong
2001
  • Across the Art for 25 Years, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
1999
  • Homage to the Calligraphic Masters, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong
1997
  • Reunion and Vision: Contemporary Hong Kong Art, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Art, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
1995
  • Lui Shou-Kwan & His School, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
1992
  • Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennale, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
1989
  • 4th Asian International Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
1988
  • Ink Painting by Hong Kong Artists, Barbican Centre, London, UK
1987
  • 2nd Asia Art Festival, National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan
1985
  • Shui Mo: The New Spirit of Chinese Tradition, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
1981
  • Urban Council Fine Arts Award Winners Exhibition, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
1976
  • One Art Group Exhibition, National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan
1973
  • Contemporary Hong Kong Ink, Fung Ping Shan Museum, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
1972
  • Art Now Hong Kong, Evansville Museum, Indiana, USA
1970
  • Contemporary Hong Kong Art, Hong Kong Pavilion, World Expo Osaka, Japan
1962-64
  • Hong Kong International Salon of Paintings, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong


SELECTED AWARDS
1979   Urban Council Art Biennale Fine Art Award (Chinese Painting), Hong Kong
1988   American National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Chicago, USA
1994   Calligraphy Prize, Hong Kong Art Biennale, Hong Kong
2005   Certificate of Commendation for Outstanding Achievements in Arts, Hong Kong

 

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Vice President of the United States Walter Mondale Collection 
National Gallery of Singapore, Singapore
University of Nanyang, China
National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan
Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong
Fung Ping Shan Museum, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Chase Manhattan Bank, Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific Airlines, Hong Kong
American Club, Hong Kong
Museum Luis de Camões, Macau