Chan Kin-chung, a renowned Chinese-French painter, laun-ched his retrospective exhibition at Shenzhen Art Museum on Wednesday, showcasing nearly 100 artworks ranging from pencil sketches, poster color paintings, watercolors to oil paintings, with doors, windows and landscapes as his main themes.
Born in Longchuan County, Guangdong Province in 1939, Chan graduated from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 1961 and moved to Hong Kong the next year. In 1969, he went to Paris and completed his further studies at the Paris National Academy of Fine Arts in 1974. Currently residing in Paris, and sometimes in Guangzhou and Shenzhen, Chan is a hyperrealist active in both European and Chinese art circles.
Chan’s creative style of “window and door patterns” was first formed in the early 1970s, when Chan was exposed to many Western art influences and he finally managed to grasp his own self and successfully became a professional painter in Paris.
He painted things least likely to draw attention — doors, windows, railings and walls. Some Western art critics have commented that “he has expressed a shuddering silence” and “turned the Taoist philosophy of Laozi into visual reality.”
Others said that his oil paintings had attained the realism and substance of Chinese ancient Song paintings. His works have been collected by reputed art museums in Europe and China.
Dates: Until June 21
Venue: Shenzhen Art Museum, inside Donghu Park, Aiguo Road, Luohu District (罗湖区爱国路东湖公园内深圳美术馆)
Metro: Huanzhong Line, Tai’an Station (太安站), Exit A. Then take a taxi to Donghu Park.
(Source: SZ Daily)
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