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09 Aug 2008 - 07 Sep 2008

The University Museum and Art Gallery of The University of Hong Kong is pleased to present an exhibition titled 'Ink Ballades'. This exhibition showcases over 40 contemporary Chinese ink paintings by 22 members of 7A - The Inkland, which is named after 7A Kennedy Road, the address of the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, where all of the artists studied Chinese calligraphy and ink painting under prominent Hong Kong artists, in particular Leung Kui Ting.

Since the 1960s, Chinese ink painting in Hong Kong has evolved into a contemporary artistic endeavour under the influence of the renowned Chinese ink painter Lui Shou-kwan who incorporated ideas from the West with traditional ink painting methods, launching the New Ink Painting movement. This exhibition, Ink Ballades, is a testament to how the New Ink Painting movement remains vibrant within a contemporary context and into the 21st century.

The exhibition includes landscape; flower and plant painting; Chinese calligraphy; and abstract works. Traditional Chinese landscapes, as well as the scenery of Hong Kong and Europe, are depicted using an impressionistic technique in which scenes are misty and indistinct. The composition of various flower and plant paintings demonstrate the distinctive characteristic of Chinese ink painting of retaining blank areas to give depth and create rhythm in the work. There are also calligraphic works in various styles; and abstract works of subjects such as human figures during rush hour and human emotions, reflecting the artists' perception of reality and subjectivity.


Scenery (1)

CHOY, Wai-man Raymond 

 Ink on paper 2008 

 90 x 90 cm 


Illusion (2)

YUM, Chui-yi Rebecca 

 Ink on paper 2008 

 120 x 60 cm

Autobiography (serial one)

SHUM, Y W Ferna 

 Ink on paper 2008 

 70 x 70 cm 

(Photo courtesy of 7A - The Inkland)

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