Leng Hong

1955, Shanghai China

Introduction

Leng Hong is a celebrated Chinese-French artist acclaimed for his exquisitely textured oil paintings, imbued with rich colours, and ‘mysterious’ feelings. His oeuvre varies in subject matter, from landscape and still life scenes to portraits of ladies in waiting from the Tang and Song Dynasties. Born in 1955 Shanghai, he graduated from the Shanghai Institute of Theatre and Dramatic Arts in 1978. While at the institute he learned to paint in the Academic European tradition and became adept in perspective, chiaroscuro, modelling, and social realism. He also studied traditional Chinese brush and ink painting, and was particularly drawn to Tang and Northern Song landscape paintings. In 1986 after moving to Bordeaux, France, he began experimenting with different styles, seeking ways in which to draw aesthetic inspiration from both traditions. He currently resides in Shanghai, China and Montreal, Canada, and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Fine Arts at Shanghai University.

 

Alisan Fine Arts first showed his works in the landmark exhibition A State of Transition: Contemporary Paintings from Shanghai at the Hong Kong Arts Centre in 1987. That same year, he was awarded the Grand Prize “Nouveau Talent” of the Federation Nationale de la Culture Française. Since then the gallery has held five solo shows for the artist. In the catalogue accompanying the gallery’s 1994 exhibition for Leng, Sophie Orloff wrote, “Leng Hong is a painter of departures. Joyful departures swollen with hopes, vibrant with enthusiasm, at the idea of what is to be found; departures loaded with memories and nostalgia of what is left behind. And always, this dream of an elsewhere.”

 

He has had numerous exhibitions, including at the Musée des Beaux-arts de Bordeaux, France; Musée de Pau, France; Chateau d'Issan, France; National Art Museum of China, Beijing; Shanghai Art Museum. Recently his artwork was featured on French Television, broadcast on FR3, and Shanghai Television. His works have been collected by Suzhou Museum; Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai; Yangzhou Museum; Zhenjiang Museum; Changzhou Museum; Shanghai China Art Academy.


BIOGRAPHY
1955 Born in Shanghai, China
1975-78 Studies at Shanghai Institute of Theatre and Dramatic Arts, Fine Arts Department, Shanghai, China
1978-86 Researcher at Shanghai Chinese Painting Academy, Shanghai, China
Member of Shanghai Chinese Artists Association
1979 Professor at Shanghai Institute of Theatre and Dramatic Arts, Shanghai, China
1985 Professor at Shanghai Chinese Painting Academy, Shanghai, China
1986-92 Worked and lived in France
1989-90 Professor at University Bordeaux 3, Department of Far Eastern Studies, Bordeaux, France
1992 Moved to Canada
2006-08 Adjunct Professor, Fine Arts Department, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China
Present Lives and works in Canada

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015              

2013              

  • D’ici et d’ailleurs, Chateau d‘Issan, Bordeaux, France

2012              

  • Suzhou Museum, Jiangsu, China 

2011        

2010        

  • Exhibition & Symposium of Leng Hong's Works, Chateau Haut-Bailly, Bordeaux, France
  • Painting by Leng Hong, Changzhou Museum, Jiangsu, China
  • Zhenjiang Museum, Jiangsu, China 
  • Annual Exhibition of Shanghai Nonlocal Enterprises Federation, Shanghai, China

2009  

  • As Last Night Twinkle Stars, As Last Night Blows the Breeze, Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  • Scented Seasons, Elisabeth de Brabant Art Center, Shanghai, China
  • Four Seasons, Shanghai International Art Festival, Shanghai, China
  • Annual Exhibition of Zhejiang Chamber of Commerce Shanghai, Shanghai, China

2008  

  • Paris in Shanghai: A Feast for Leng Hong’s Art, Nobility Arts Society, Shanghai, China
  • West Lake International Art Fair, Hangzhou, China

2007  

  • CIGE International Art Fair, Beijing, China
  • Exhibition & Symposium of Leng Hong's Works, Nobility Arts Society, High Gallery, Shanghai, China

2005  

  • J. Gallery, Shanghai, China

2004  

  • Hong Merchant Gallery, Shanghai, China

2002  

  • Yan Gallery, Hong Kong

1999  

  • Painting by Leng Hong & Symposium, Shanghai Chinese Painting Academy, Shanghai, China

1997  

  • Toōnichi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1996  

  • Memories of the Homeland, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
  • Galerie Observatoire 4, Montreal, Canada
  • Artfolio Gallery, Singapore

1994  

  • Douce France, Le French May Festival, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong

1992  

  • Galerie Hexagone, Aachen, Germany
  • Dannenberg Gallery, New York, USA
  • Art Source Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

1991  

  • Galerie France, Bordeaux, France

1990  

  • Galerie Ecritures, Montlucon, France

1989  

  • VKB Bank, Linz, Austria

1988  

  • Poetic Landscapes, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong

1986  

  • Exhibition & Symposium, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China   
  • Exhibition & Symposium, Shanghai Chinese Painting Academy, Shanghai, China


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2021        

  • Inaugural Pastel Art Exhibition, Shanghai Pastel Society, Weide Art Sapce, (Oct) Jiushi Art Museum The Bund, Shanghai, China
  • Leng Hong & Michel Braun: Dream of a Butterfly, Red Zone Arts, Frankfurt, Germany

2019        

2017       
2014        
  • Art Paris, Paris, France

2011

  • Art Beijing 2011, Beijing, China

2010

  • Shanghai Expo 2010 (with Chen Pei Qiu), Shanghai, China

2007        

  • AIAA International Art Fair, Hong Kong
  • Fine Jewellery and Art Fair International ’07 (with Xie Zhi Liu, Chen Pei Qiu), Shanghai, China

2006                          

2004                          

  • Shanghai Spring Salon, Shanghai
  • 10.20 Experimental Art Exhibition, Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  • Shanghai Abstract Art Exhibition, Shanghai Ming-Yuan Art Centre, Shanghai, China

2002        

  • Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

1999-2007   

  • Shanghai International Art Fair, Shanghai, China

1998        

  • Mitsukoshi Art Gallery, Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Galerie Observatoire 4, Montreal, Canada

1996        

  • Sea HorizonShanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

1995        

  • ExpoArte Art Fair, Guadalajara, Mexico
  • International Exhibition in Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations, Guild Arts Centre Gallery, Silvermine, New Canaan, USA
  • Lineart ICC International Art Fair, Belgium

1994        

  • Mandarin Oriental Fine Arts, Hong Kong

1993        

  • Bernard Dannenberg Gallery, New York, USA

1992        

  • Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
  • Musée de Pau, Pau, France
  • Palais du Cirque d’Hiver, Paris, France
  • Centre Culturel de la Visitation, Perigueux, France
  • Art Asia Hong Kong International Art Fair, Hong Kong

1991        

  • Conseil Regional d’Aquitaine, Bordeaux, France

1990        

  • Exhibition of Collection CAVIAR (with Loïc Le Groumellec, Jean-Charles Blais, Robert Combas, Claude Viallat), Aquitaine, France

1987            

  • A State of Transition: Contemporary Paintings from Shanghai, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
  • Salon d‘Automne, Paris, France

1986                      

  • 1st Sea Horizon Painting & Sculpture Invitational Exhibition, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

1985                        

  • National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

1984        

  • Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

1983        

  • Stage '83: Painting Experiment, with Li Shan, Zhang Jian-Jun, Fudan University Shanghai, China

 

SELECTED AWARDS        
1985 Creative Works Award, Shanghai, China
1987 First Grand Prize of the City Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
Grand Prize “Nouveau Talent”, Federation Nationale de la Culture Française, France
1988 Prize “Couleurs d’Aujour d’hui”, France
1992 Prize “Symposium d’Arts Plastiques”, France


SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Suzhou Museum, Suzhou, China
Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Shanghai China Art Academy, Shanghai, China
Yangzhou Museum, Yangzhou, China
Zhenjiang Museum,Zhenjiang, China
Changzhou Museum, Changzhou, China
HSBC Art Collection, Shanghai, China

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
1983
Experimental Exhibition , Fudan University, Shanghai, China
1991 Leng Hong Exhibition, Galerie France, Bordeaux, France
1996 Memories of the Homeland, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
1999 Leng Hong Exhibition, Shanghai Chinese Painting Academy, Shanghai, China
2008 Paris in Shanghai: A Feast for Leng Hong’s Art, Nobility Arts Society, Shanghai, China
2009 As Last Night Twinkle Stars, As Last Night Blows the Breeze, Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Scented Seasons, Elisabeth de Brabant Art Center, Shanghai, China
Four Seasons, Shanghai International Art Festival, Shanghai, China
2010 As Last Night Twinkle Stars, As Last Night Blows the Breeze,Changzhou Museum, Jiangsu, China
As Last Night Twinkle Stars, As Last Night Blows the Breeze, Zhenjiang Museum, Jiangsu, China
2011 As Last Night Twinkle Stars, As Last Night Blows the Breeze, Yangzhou Museum, Jiangsu, China 
2012 As Last Night Twinkle Stars, As Last Night Blows the Breeze, Suzhou Museum, Jiangsu, China
2013 D’ici et d’ailleurs, Chateau d‘Issan, Bordeaux, France 
2019 The Lightness of Being, ArtCN Gallery, Shanghai, China

 
Willow Tree with Blue Mountains & Green Water
2011 | 116x70cm | Chinese ink & acrylic on rice paper
Spring Pond
2011 | 69x45cm | Chinese ink & acrylic on rice paper
A Fine Day
2011 | 51x42cm | Chinese ink & acrylic on rice paper
Beautiful Spring Water
2011 | 51x42cm | Chinese ink & acrylic on rice paper
Cold Moon
2011 | 42x51cm | Chinese ink & acrylic on rice paper
Behind the Blue / Au fond du bleu
2002 | 79x157cm | Oil on canvas
Spring Musing-V / Rêveries de printemps-V
2013 | 100x80cm | Oil on canvas
Caress of the Moon-13 II / Caresse lunaire-13 II
2013 | 100x80cm | Oil on canvas
Scented Season Series-15 I / Série Saison parfumé-15 I
2015 | 45.5x41.5cm | Oil on canvas
The Village of the Past-15 V / Série Le village d'une autre époque-15 V
2015 | 55x38cm | Oil on canvas
The Village of the Past-15 VI / Série Le village d'une autre époque-15 VI
2015 | 46x33cm | Oil on canvas
Scented Season Series-15 VI / Série Saison parfumé-15 VI
2015 | 46x36cm | Oil on canvas
Caress of the Moon-13 III / Caresse lunaire-13 III
2013 | 60x80cm | Oil on canvas
Spring Musing -VI (diptych)
2014 | 180x98cm | Oil on canvas
Caress of the Moon-13 IV / Caresse lunaire-13 IV
2013 | 80x60cm | Oil on canvas
The Village of the Past 15-I
2015 | 41x41cm | Oil on canvas
The Village of the Past-15 II / Série Le village d'une autre époque-15 II
2015 | 45.5x33cm | Oil on canvas
The Village of the Past-15 IV / Série Le village d'une autre époque-15 IV
2015 | 55x38cm | Oil on canvas
Scented Season Series-15 II / Série Saison parfumé-15 II
2015 | 55x38cm | Oil on canvas
Scented Season Series-15 IV / Série Saison parfumé-15 IV
2015 | 46x35.5cm | Oil on canvas
Scented Season Series-15 V / Série Saison parfumé-15 V
2015 | 45.5x36cm | Oil on canvas