展覽時間 Date : 2022/04/26 - 2022/05/22
展覽地點 Venue : 香港中環交易廣場中央大廳 The Rotunda, Exchange Square, Central
"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.