"Transcending the Gongbi Tradition: Contemporary Hong Kong Fine-Brush Painters" is the first major showcase of recent work by contemporary Hong Kong painters who employ gongbi (fine-brush) techniques. Featuring both established and emerging artists, including Chan Kwan-lok, Sam Cheng, Cherie Cheuk Ka-wai, Eunice Cheung Wai-man, Barbara Choi Tak-yee, Lai Kwan-ting, Jess Leung Lai-man, Joey Leung Ka-yin, and Wilson Shieh, this showcase encompasses a wide array of subject matter that stems from traditional landscape (shanshui), bird-and-flower, animal, figure, and architectural (jiehua) genres. This show invites the viewer to look solely and intensely at gongbi painting – its materials, techniques, aesthetics, and spirit. In these paintings, the traditional brush and ink, xuan paper and silk, linear forms and rhythms, multiple layers of ink and colour, and delicate, meticulous treatments are blended with contemporary objects, figures, buildings, and everyday life. Because these painters’ practices engage with the city around them by using a medium with roots in antiquity, the works presented here manifest a linkage between the traditional and the contemporary. These nine artists consciously chose gongbi as their visual language. Though they were professionally trained in this historical mode, their artworks assert variation within tradition, and their individual styles have a decidedly contemporary quality that opens new aesthetic vistas and invites meditative viewing.
|Translated title of the contribution||Transcending the Gongbi Tradition|
|Original language||Multiple languages|
|Title of host publication||《工筆新傳 : 傳統藝術在香港的當代探索》水墨作品選萃 (目錄)|
|Editors|| 陳芳芳, 石家豪|
|Place of Publication||香港|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2022|