It is my pleasure to support the Friends and to be a sponsor for the Newsletter this year. While many of you may not know me, Alisan Fine Arts’ involvement and support in the Friends actually goes back many years, when my mother, Alice King, joined the Friends in the 1980’s. More recently, together with the Friends, Alisan Fine Arts supported the donation of an important Lui Shou Kwan painting to the University Art Museum. It is therefore only natural that we continue our long standing relationship with the Friends.
Next year, Alisan Fine Arts will be celebrating its 35th anniversary. Over the years, the gallery has tirelessly promoted Chinese contemporary artists - local, overseas and mainland. Our gallery has held over a hundred exhibits and was the first commercial gallery in Hong Kong to hold a solo exhibition for world-renowned artist Zao Wou-ki in 1993. My own formal involvement in the gallery started in 1997, but in reality, I have been growing up with art since a young age at home. I remember visiting the Art Museum at the Chinese University, as well as numerous other museums overseas, with my parents who are avid collectors of Chinese porcelain, as well as paintings.
Having witnessed the changes in Hong Kong’s art scene over time, I am so excited to see the upward development in recent years, in particular in the Chinese contemporary art market. It is my hope that, through our gallery’s upcoming exhibitions and featured artists pages in the newsletter, that I will be able to share my passion and interest in this field with you.
It is wonderful to see the Friends grow from strength to strength. The support you provide to the Art Museum and the various activities such as talks, overseas cultural trips, gallery and museum visits are truly impressive. The Newsletter also provides an invaluable resource for both novice and serious art lovers. I am honoured to be part of this and look forward to meeting many of you.
About Alisan Fine Arts
Alisan Fine Arts, founded in 1981 by Alice King, is one of the first professionally run galleries in Hong Kong. A pioneer in the field of Contemporary Chinese Art and New Ink Art, the gallery focuses on promoting up and coming Chinese artists from the mainland as well as established Hong Kong artists and Chinese diaspora living in Europe and America. On occasion, we also exhibit select Western artists such as Bernar Venet, Richard Texier and more recently Fabienne Verdier.
The gallery moved from Central to its current location in Aberdeen four years ago, providing a larger space gallery space for dipslay, office and library. The gallery holds regular exhibtions and partipcates in art fairs in Hong Kong and overseas, including Art Basel Hong Kong, Fine Art Asia and Masterpiece London in recent years.
About Daphne King
Born in New Jersey, USA, Daphne has lived in Hong Kong since she was 5. She graduated from Philips Academy, Andover in 1987 and the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in History in 1991. She has been working at Alisan Fine Arts since 1996 and was promoted to Director in 2005. Prior to working at Alisan Fine Arts, Daphne worked in advertising in New York at DMB&B (1992 – 1994) and in Hong Kong at Ogilvy & Mather (1994 – 1996).
A patron of the arts, Daphne was a Friend of the Hong Kong Museum of Art from 1997 – 2000 and currently is a Trustee of the Friends of the Hong Kong Museum of Art. In 2011 she was appointed Director of The Ink Society. Daphne has been a keen supporter of the Hong Kong Ballet, as a committee member of the Ballet Ball and co-chair of the Guild from 2011-2014. She currently sits on the Board and the Executive Committee.
Daphne founded the University of Pennsylvania Scholarship Fund in Hong Kong and was the founding President from 2002-2014. She is a certified yoga instructor and during her free time enjoys practicing yoga, reading, traveling and spending quality time with her family and friends.