Past Exhibition

Scenic Sensibilities

01 Feb - 28 Feb  |  2009
Alisan Fine Arts is pleased to present Scenic Sensibilities, an exhibition of Chinese ink and colour on paper by 6 artists: Koo Mei顧媚 (Hong Kong), Chang Chieh張杰(Taiwan), Chu Ko 楚戈 (Taiwan), Lo Ch’ing 羅青 (Taiwan), Bo Yun 薄雲 (Beijing), and Lee Chue Shuek 李柱石 (Hong Kong), six totally different unique and modern styles of landscape paintings.

1) Koo Mei 顧媚 was born in Guangzhou in 1934 and currently resides in Canada. She started to paint in 1962 under the tutorship of three Chinese ink masters, Zhao Shao Ang, Hu Nianzu and Lui Shou Kwan. In the 70s, she gave up her career as a famous singer and actress to become a professional artist. Her paintings are strikingly special in that she applies layer upon layer of ink and colour in her modernistic landscapes. She was awarded the Urban Council Artist Award by the Hong Kong Museum of Art in 1977, and her works are collected by museums and serious collectors. Since 1986, her works are auctioned annually by Sotheby's and Christie's in Hong Kong.

2) Chang Chieh 張杰, born in Shanghai in 1924, is currently living in Taipei. Chang Chieh’s lotus and orchids watercolour paintings reflect a mood of peace and harmony. Chang, one of Taiwan’s leading artists today, is considered to be unique in the style that Chinese art critics call ‘Western watercolour’. Chang’s impressionistic use of colour emphasises the link between East and West. His wet brush on paper gives an effect of texture. Chang has held innumerable solo exhibitions in Taipei, Hong Kong (3 at Alisan Fine Arts), Japan, Brazil and the United States. His paintings are part of museum and private collections.

3) Artist, art critic and retired researcher from the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Chu Ko 楚戈, born in Hunan in 1931, moved to Taiwan in 1954. Since the 80s, Chu has devoted most of his attention to painting and sculpture. With the experience gained at the National Palace Museum, Chu gradually awakened to the “modern” in traditional Chinese art. His art has emphasized the relevance of Chinese cultural heritage to the 20th century ever since. His art influenced by Miro and Klee often combines his knowledge of the subtle principles of Chinese philosophy.

4) Lo Ch’ing 羅青, born in Shandong in 1948, moved to Taiwan in 1949. Director of the Art Centre at Ming Dao University in Taiwan, he also holds an Adjunct Professorship at Shanghai University. Lo uses traditional, folk and modern pictorial orientations to create a new graphic language system of his own that is deeply rooted in surrealistic symbolism with a post-modern touch. An artist and a poet, Lo has often illustrated his poems in his own paintings: he has published 12 books of collected poems translated into over 10 languages, his poetry has brought him many awards. His artworks have been collected by several British, European, Mainland Chinese, and Taiwanese museums.

5) Born in Shanxi, Hunan in 1948, Li Yong Cun better known under his pseudonym, Bo Yun 薄雲, moved to Beijing and graduated in Art History at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1980. During the Cultural Revolution, he was sent to work on a farm for 4 years. In 1979, he returned to Beijing to join a group of young artists known as the ‘Stars’, a group that also included Ma Desheng, Ai Wei wei, Wang Keping, Li Shang, etc. Bo Yun is currently Professor at Tsinghua University. He has had solo and group exhibitions both at home and abroad. Showing Western abstract expressionism, his ink and colour compositions of sky, water and earth create a serene and dreamlike atmosphere.

6) Lee Chue Shuek 李柱石was born in Taishan, Guangdong in 1919. A scholar in economics, Lee graduated from the National Sun Yat Sen University where he took up a post as Lecturer. Later he became Vice-Professor at the College of Legislation and Commerce in Guangdong. With a passion for painting and calligraphy, Lee’s works centre on landscape and people to demonstrate a unique style with refined brush strokes. The popularity of his works finally led him away from his scholarly pursuits to become a dedicated artist. His works are included in the collections of the Hong Kong Museum of Art and museums in France and Italy.