Ko Kassia

1952, Guangzhou China

Introduction

Kassia Ko graduated in the early 1980s from Hong Kong Polytechnic’s Department of Industrial Design and worked as an electronic product designer and design consultant. In 2008, she completed the Diploma of Chinese Painting at The University of Hong Kong School of Professional and Continuing Education, and subsequently completed the Master of Fine Arts program in 2013 at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, conferred in conjunction with the Hong Kong Art School. After graduated, she was invited annually by the university to run artist talk to MFA and BA students on her graduation project Ma Wan Landscape: from Distance and Up Close. Currently, Ko is a member of the Chinese Ink Painting Institute (Hong Kong), Hong Kong Chinese Artists’ Association and Hong Kong Modern Ink Painting Society, and a volunteer ink instructor at the Young Artists Development Foundation.

Ko curated her first solo ink exhibition Imprint at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in 2014. Since then, her work has been featured at art events in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Melbourne, Singapore, London, Vancouver and St. Petersburg, as well as various private collections. Ko’s graduation thesis Ma Wan Landscape: from Distance and Up Close has been collected by the library of The University of Hong Kong and Asia Art Archive. Her published works include Imprint and IMPRESSION+.

Ko is a full-time artist based in Hong Kong. Her mindscape series “Imprint Series” introduces meticulous techniques to conjure the brightest light and reflection, serving as an analogue time-lapse, capturing the passage of time in a modern digital era. In addition with simple color, Minimal Art, forming a poetic calmness and an airy expression of the locale.


BIOGRAPHY
1952    Born in Guangzhou, China
1974    Completed High Diploma in Industrial Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
1982    Became a full member of the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers (SIAD), United Kingdom 
2008    Completed Diploma of Chinese Ink Painting, the University of Hong Kong (SPACE) and continued practicing ink painting with Mr. Hung Hoi
2012    Participated in “The Story of Hong Kong” about Ma Wan Village, RTHK, Hong Kong
Selected by Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University to participate in “Tropical Lab 6” workshop and exhibition, Lasalle College of Art, Singapore
2011-2013   Thesis “Ma Wan Landscape-from Distance and Up Close”, collected by the library of The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Central Library and Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong
“Time Capsule, Land” recording project, participants of “Tropical Lab 6” workshop, Ma Wan, Hong Kong
2013    Granted Master of Fine Arts, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University in conjunction with Hong Kong Art School
2014    Invited to teach ink painting in “Young Artists Development Workshop”, Fong’s Foundation, Hong Kong
2015    Elected Vice-chairman of Hong Kong Modern Ink Painting Association
2021    Commissioned ink works by Four Seasons Hotel, Hong Kong
Became a member of the Chinese Ink Painting Institute, Hong Kong


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2014

  • Imprint, Kassia Ko Solo Ink Exhibition, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong
  • Ma Wan Landscape, from Distance and Up Close, Ma Wan, Hong Kong


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021 

  • Shuimo Hong Kong: Chinese Ink Painting Institute Hong Kong, Members Paintings, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong

2020 

2019 

  • Art Basel Hong Kong, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong Waters Korean Mountains: Hong Kong & Korea Art exchange Exhibition, Hong Kong Central Library, Hong Kong
  • Ink Asia, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
  • Ink Global, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
  • Oriental Charm: 3rd Chinese Painting Institute Hong Kong Member Exhibition, Hong Kong Central Library, Hong Kong 

2018            

2017 

  • Ink Asia, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
  • Two Cities: Hong Kong & Shenzhen 2017 Works Exhibition of Ink Painting and Metropolis, Hong Kong Central Library, Hong Kong
  • Ink Global, Hong Kong Conventional & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
  • Emblazoned with Inks and Images, International Arts Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
  •  ‘Hong Kong 20’ Shenzhen & Hong Kong Art Exhibition, Shenzhen Fine Art Institute, Shenzhen, China
  • Walk Together Beautifully 2017, Female Artists of China, Shenzhen, China

2016

2015

  • Ink Asia, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong/Shanghai/Macau: Joint Exhibition of Modern Ink Painting 2015, Hong Kong
  • Two Cities: Hong Kong & Shenzhen 2015 Works Exhibition of Ink Painting and Metropolis, Hong Kong
  • A Tale of Two Cities, KY Fine Art Gallery, Hong Kong; Shanghai, China
  • A Legacy of Ink Lui Shou-kwan 40 Years on, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
  • Cityscape Impression, Kassia Ko and Students Ink Exhibition, Jao Tsung-I Academy, Hong Kong
  • Art Central, Hong Kong

2014

  • Fine Art Asia, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014, Edinburg, UK
  • Hong Kong Modern Ink Painting Annual Exhibition, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong

2013

  • Octet, RMIT University Master of Fine Art Graduation Exhibition, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
  • People Who Need People, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2012

  • Echo by Seven ArtistHong Kong Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong
  • HKUspace: Graduation Exhibition of Diploma of Chinese Ink Painting, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong
  • Land, Tropical Lab 6, Lasalle College of Art, Singapore

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Library of The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong
Four Seasons Hotel, Hong Kong