An Artistic Unison: the work of Chan Kwok Tai, Lau Sau Yuen and Chan Ching Fung

Date: 8 -25 September 2018 (Tuesdays to Sundays, closed on Mondays)

Time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Venue: Exhibition Hall G/F Block F, Middle Zone, Jao Tsung-I Academy

Enquiries: 2100 2828|

The Origin of “An Artistic Unison: the work of Chan Kwok Tai, Lau Sau Yuen and Chan Ching Fung” Exhibition

These three local intellectuals have known each other a long time, and each has their own particular talent and restrained style, but are friends with the same sensibilities. One autumn, Chan Kwok Tai brought along his new painting of a court lady, a masterpiece in the gongbi style. Chan Ching Fung immediately proposed an exhibition “Poetry, Painting, and the Legendary Ancient Beauties”, and it was decided that Lau Sau Yuen’s “Calligraphy of Poetry” would also be shown alongside the paintings of Chan Kwok Tai and Chan Ching Fung in the exhibition. This joint exhibition is called “An Artistic Unison”, inspired by the sense that both poetry and painting spring from the same source. The name also implies that the exhibition originates from the communion of three intellectuals. The exhibition has nearly 60 works including gongbi paintings, ink paintings, and poetic calligraphy that are full of the harmony of difference.


Chan Kwok Tai

A satisfied man of advanced years, Chan Kwok Tai has devoted a long time to the self-study of poetry, calligraphy and painting. After retirement, he concentrated on gongbi style painting, working for several hours at a time and often forgetting to eat, but he was more than happy to do so. What is rare is that he has created its own style from the process of painting and writing, one that contains literary and cultural connotations, and one that is rarely found today.


  Lau Sau Yuen

Lau Sau Yuen’s poetry and calligraphy seem like the “reincarnation” of the work of talented women of past dynasties. The words and sentences of her poetry deserves careful contemplation. Although her work is based on the work of previous poets, her own personality always shines through, which is especially difficult to do. When she creates poetry, Lau proves the proposition that poetry and painting are in harmony with one another.


Chan Ching Fung

Chan Ching Fung never considers himself as an “expert” in any one area, but a writer, a painter, and an intellectual, and for a long period he concentrated on writing. He studied under Yang Shan Shen 30 years ago and is currently the vice president of the Hong Kong Artists Society, and his focus is on modern literati painting. Chan is a senior intellectual who has worked in media and culture for more than 50 years. He has published over ten novels, essays, and art catalogues. He is currently the Culture Development Director of Miu Fat Buddhist Monastery. In 1984, Chan was introduced to Yang Shan Shen, a master of the Lingnan School by Ma Kwok Kuen in learning painting. After Yang Shan Shen passed away, Chan decided to forge his own style based on the foundation. Chan is good at writing, calligraphy, painting, and Buddhist studies, so his writings are full of poetic and pictorial splendor and his paintings are imbued with Zen feeling. In June 2016, he co-organized with Tina Chan at Jao Tsung-I Academy the exhibition “East Meets West Ching Fung Chan x Tina Chan –The Two-Generations Joint Exhibition.




Exhibit Highlights

Chan Kwok Tai Yan Rui

Lau Sau Yuen Ban Ji

Chan Ching Fung Dao De Jing













  Lau Sau Yuen Lao Ji Fu Li & Tian Ma Xing Kong