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SILENCE: BRUSH WORK OF JOHN LI
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22 Apr 2009 - 31 May 2009

The University Museum and Art Gallery of The University of Hong Kong is pleased to present an exhibition of recent works by the artist John Li, featuring over 100 ink paintings and drawings.

Born in Hong Kong, Li studied at the Department of Fine Arts, New Asia College, Hong Kong (subsequently the Department of Fine Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong), where he taught following his graduation in 1962. Between 1971 and 1973, he received a staff development fund to continue his studies at the University of Iowa in the US, earning master's degrees in printmaking and drawing. He went on to study lithography at the Pratt Institute in New York from 1973 to 1974. Li has participated in many solo and group exhibitions in Hong Kong, UK and US, and more recently in exhibitions featuring prints in China. In the 1990s, Li was a visiting artist at the Department of Fine Arts, CUHK; and artist-in-residence at the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre. He currently teaches at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University.

Li's main subject is the human figure. His early works reflect a solid training in Western art. As his art has matured, he has become increasingly interested in Chinese painting and calligraphy. His figures may not possess exact proportions, but his spare brushstrokes manage to capture the true expression and character of his models. Li's models are mostly friends and students, with whom the artist is well acquainted. His distinctive use of a splash-ink technique with freehand brushwork allows him to convey the spirit of the figure, and not merely its formal representation.

 

Joyce and Fai

 Ink and colour on paper

 2005

 145 x 107 cm

 

Hain

 Ink on paper

 2004

 71 x 45 cm

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