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19 Nov 2008 - 07 Jan 2009

The University Museum and Art Gallery of The University of Hong Kong is delighted to present an exhibition of recent works by the local artist Yankwai Wong (Wong Yan-kwai). Trained at the Ecole Nationale Superiere de Beaux Arts in Paris in the 1970s, Wong has become one of the most enigmatic and distinctive artists of his generation, since returning to Hong Kong in 1979. Wong is also known as an illustrator, photographer and screenplay writer, and is highly sought after as an art director and set designer in Hong Kong cinema. He also works extensively with contemporary dance and theatre projects. This exhibition comes seventeen years after his first exhibition at the University Museum in 1991, then known as the Fung Ping Shan Museum.

Wong's paintings have remained consistently unique over the years, defying any attempt at categorisation. He has adhered to the techniques of painting and drawing, considering these the ultimate means of expression, and an artist's greatest challenge. Wong's large canvases depict an interior landscape rich in forms and shapes that at first appear to be recognizable but that ultimately defy definition. Within each painting, Wong works to achieve equilibrium in the composition, often returning to a painting time after time to make further additions. The seemingly random complexity of his paintings and drawings suggest a wandering, shifting depth that is at first unsettling. Wong's works are, however, ultimately joyful in character as the artist's palette of strong primary and complementary colours vie for attention across the surface of the painting, triggering a cacophony of contradictory emotional responses.

This exhibition will feature primarily a selection of recent paintings, as well as some of his drawings, postal artworks and illustrations. Unlike his larger abstract works, these represent more directly the artist's engagement with others, and with his world. On loan for the first time will be a unique work that is shown as personal tribute to a friend.



 Acrylic on board 

 140 x 140cm 




 Acrylic on canvas 

 122 x 122cm


Magenta #11/07 

 Acrylic on canvas 

 152.5 x 152.5cm 


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