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Booth H1, Hall 5BC at FINE ART ASIA (HKCEC)

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Opening / Event Date:
3 October, 2014
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closing / End Date:
7 October, 2014
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Following our last two successful solo exhibitions at FINE ART ASIA 2012 & 2013, Fang Zhaoling and Lui Shou-kwan respectively, Alisan Fine Arts is proud to present a selection of paintings by six important modern and contemporary Chinese artists at FINE ART ASIA 2014. They include: internationally renowned Zao Wou-ki, acclaimed landscape artistChang Jin, important Singapore ink artist Chua Ek Kay, noted for her figures in ink on rural lifeNie Ou, innovative portrait painter Shi Hu; as well as Yu Hui, famous Gongbi style woman artist. Artworks include Chinese ink paintings, oil on canvas and prints. Besides, Zao Wou-ki who left for Paris in 1948 and Chua Ek Kay who left for Singapore in 1953; the other 4 artists all remained in China and lived through the Cultural Revolution. While their works vary in style, together they represent a generation of ink artists who developed new concepts while working with the age-old brush and ink tradition, to further advance Chinese ink painting in China today. In addition, Man Fung-yi local Hong Kong woman sculptor’s famous “Cheongsam” sculpture will be included, which was previously exhibited at Louis Vuitton in Taipei this year.  .

About the artists:

Zao Wou-ki (1921 Beijing China–2013 Switzerland) world-famous Chinese-French artist living in Paris since 1948, has had an endless flow of solo exhibitions punctuated with numerous retrospectives. A student of Lin Fengmian, a pioneer of modern Chinese paintings, Zao studied at Hangzhou National College of Art before he left for Paris. While drawing from his Chinese roots, he became an exponent of Lyrical Abstraction in oil painting after being inspired by Western artists, in particular Paul Klee. His stunning works are found in major museum collections throughout the world.

Alisan Fine Arts was one of the first galleries in Hong Kong to exhibit Zao Wou-ki’s works on canvas and paper in 1993, then in 1996, followed by lithographs and etchings in 1999. In 2003 we showed Zao’s watercolours and some of the artist’s early oil paintings, followed by a show of Le French May in 2009. For this year, Zao’s prints will be included at our booth.


Chang Jin (born 1951 Nanjing China) is a leading representative of the New Literati Group in mainland China since the 1980s. He studied figure and landscape painting at Jiangsu Traditional Chinese Painting Institute in Nanjing. After graduating in 1981, he remained there to teach and administer the Academy. His landscape ink paintings are poetic and dreamy, harmonious and elegant. His brush strokes are simple and light. The delicate texture of his dry brushwork gives the landscape a unique style that is contemporary as well as traditional.

His works have been collected by National Art Museum of China, Beijing; Shanghai Art Museum; Jiangsu Art Museum; Guangzhou Art Museum; Modern Chinese Art Centre, Osaka, Japan; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia. He currently lives in Nanjing, China.

Alisan has organized two group exhibitions showcasing Chang Jin’s portrait paintings in 1997 and 1999. We will display his landscape ink paintings from the 1990s.


Chua Ek Kay, (1947 Guangdong China-2008 Singapore) one of the most important Chinese artists in Singapore, is famous for his abstract poetic landscape paintings. He studied at Lasalle College of Arts, Singapore in 1990, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Tasmania, Australia in 1994 and a Master of Arts from the University of Western Sydney in 1995. His pursuit of aesthetic interests contributed greatly to Singapore’s local art development. His meditative paintings attempt to express an entire landscape into groups of short, expressive, rhythmic lines.

His works are collected by National Museum Art Gallery, National Library, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Information and the Arts, Ministry of Home Affairs, United Overseas Bank Group, Singapore; Merrill Lynch International Bank, Rhone-Poulenc, USA.

Alisan has been representing his works since 2007 and has exhibited his work at the 3rd Shanghai Ink Biennial at Zhu Qizhan Art Museum, Shanghai, China in 2007. His works from 2006 will be on display.


MAN Fung-yi (born 1968 Hong Kong), a well-known Hong Kong woman sculptor. She graduated from the Fine Arts department at Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1990, and established Chic Studio in 1995. She was awarded Master of Fine Arts in 1999 and Master of Arts (Daoism), Cultural & Religious Studies in 2008 from Chinese University of Hong Kong. She was named the Winner of Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition in 2003.

Her most famous “Weaving series” depicts traditional Chinese outfits based on her mother’s or her own clothes. Her works are unique. Man has held several solo exhibitions in Beijing and Hong Kong since 1990. She has participated in numerous local and overseas exhibitions, including exhibitions by Louis Vuitton in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan in 2011-2012 and 2014.

Her works are collected by Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, China International Cultural Association, Jiangsu Provincial Art Museum, China; Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan. 

Alisan Fine Arts has been representing her sculptures since 2007. One of her delicate brass Cheongsams will be on display.


Nie Ou (born 1948 Liaoning China) is a well-known woman artist from Beijing. She studied a Chinese ink painting postgraduate course under Li Keran (1907-1989, renowned contemporary Chinese painter) at Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing in 1978. After graduating in 1981, she became a professional artist. During the Cultural Revolution (1966-76), she was sent to a small farm in Shanxi for re-educating in 1969. Drawing from real life experience, the subject matter in her paintings often consists of peasant life in the country side. They are innocent and uncomplicated with a feminine sensitivity and ordered calm. They are collected by National Art Museum of China, Beijing and Central Academy of Fine Arts. She currently lives in Beijing.

We included Nie Ou’s works in our group show “Modern Chinese Paintings, A Selection from Beijing, Hangzhou & Sichuan” in 1989. Rarely seen in the market, her ink works from the 1980s will be on display.


Shi Hu (born 1942 Hebei China) is praised as the “Chinese Picasso” for his innovative Chinese ink portrait painting. He is inspired by Cubism, Abstractionism, Modernism, and the primitive wildlife in Africa, and has a passion for Chinese ink art. He studied at Beijing Arts and Crafts College in 1958, and at Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts in 1960 he was a student of Pan Tian Shou (1897-1971, important traditional Chinese painter of the 20th century). In 1978 Shi travelled to Africa, in the 1980s he toured USA as a visiting scholar, and later settled in Macau for a period of roughly 10 years. He currently lives in Beijing. His portrait Chinese ink paintings are bold, powerful and unique. He sometimes layers them with acrylic, depicting landscape with immense perspective; or sometimes creates nudes full of sentiment.

In 1982 Nanjing Museum organized Shi’s first solo exhibition. He has exhibited in museums and art fairs in China, as well as in USA, Switzerland, Singapore, Indonesia, Macau and Hong Kong. In 2013 National Art Museum of China in Beijing had a successful solo show with around 1000 paintings.

Alisan has been representing Shi Hu’s ink works since 1994. We will include his ink paintings from the 1980s-90s at our booth.


Yu Hui (born 1960 Nanjing China) is known for her Gongbi style painting. As a child, she studied under her father, famous Gongbi Hua artist Yu Jigao. In 1983 she received a BA degree from Jiangsu Traditional Chinese Painting Institute, and graduated from Academic Research department, Art School of Peking University, Beijing, in 2006. Yu Hui’s pretty bird and flower paintings in gongbi style are rich and refined, guiding the viewers to explore the power of nature. Inspired by the Song Dynasty (1127-1279) artistic tradition of direct observation of nature, she paints with subdued and fresh colours, combining the traditional and modern.

Her works are collected by National Art Museum of China, Beijing; Shanghai Art Museum, Jiangsu Art Museum, Jiangsu Traditional Chinese Painting Institute, Nanjing; Olympic Committee, Beijing. She currently lives in Nanjing.

Alisan exhibited Yu Hui’s paintings together with Xu Lei in London in 1997. The exhibition was a major success and all her paintings were sold on opening night. Her new works will be on display at our booth.


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