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28 Apr 2007 - 03 Jun 2007

The University Museum and Art Gallery of The University of Hong Kong is delighted to present an exhibition of drawings from life by the Hong Kong-born artist Tsang Kai-hong. The exhibition features his recent sketches of nudes, as well as earlier drawings and engravings.

Tsang advocates the study of the human figure through life drawing, a Western art tradition that was introduced to China relatively recently in the early Republican period. His drawing skills were originally founded on the careful attention to modelling, volume and texture of the Soviet socialist realistic manner of the 1950s. He later assimilated German expressionistic style, and a geometrical approach, with traditional drawing and Chinese painting techniques. This exhibition includes Tsang's works of the 1960s to 1980s, tracing the evolution of his drawing from his early experiments in technique to an expressionistic approach.

Tsang's recent sketches of nudes are characterized by rhythmic line and subjective creativity, rendering in his figures the element of resonance in the language of Chinese painting. The art of the nude reflects not the reality of a model, but the perception of the body's beauty expressed by the artist. Tsang's images of ordinary people always display a universal sense of beauty that recalls the classical tradition on which his skills and ideal of beauty are based.

Tsang also excels in printmaking, and taught drawing and copperplate printing at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts between 1958 and 1987. His prints have been exhibited in China and overseas. He has lived in Hong Kong since 1987.


Male nude 

Charcoal 17-1-1981

Female nude 

Charcoal  16-8-2005


Female nude 

Charcoal 24-2-2004

(Photo courtesy of University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU)

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