An afternoon with Alisan Fine Arts - Members benefit
Alisan Fine Arts has kindly offered to host an afternoon of art. We will be welcomed by Daphne King, Director of Alisan Fine Arts for a viewing of the exhibition The Voice of the Brush: An Exhibit of Calligraphic Art in Two Parts and a lecture given by the granddaughter of the artist Huang Yao.
More info on the artist and the exhibition:
The cartoonist, painter and calligrapher Huang Yao (born Shanghai 1917) rose to fame as a cartoonist in China in the 1930s before settling in Malaysia, where he channelled his artistic talent into rejuvenating traditional Chinese calligraphy and painting. He took apart the components of his classical training, painstakingly studying each character's shape and structure, and developing a "return of innocence" style resembling children's handwriting. The forms in his calligraphic works are based primarily on pictographic bell-cauldron inscriptions, which he recreates with the vibrant colours of his lush Malay surroundings. While these works are ostensibly rooted in Chinese culture, they fall somewhere between figurative and abstract, agnostically unconfined to the stylistic dichotomies of East or West.
In 2006 Huang's calligraphy was acquired by the British Museum collection of Modern Chinese Calligraphy. His work has been featured in two major retrospectives: Rediscovered Talent, Huang Yao: Cartoonist/Scholar/Painter and Huang Yao, Shanghai Art Museum, 2011; and, The Remarkable Guest of Malaya, National Visual Arts Gallery, Malaysia 2013. This is the first time Huang Yao will be exhibiting his works in Hong Kong.