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22 Jan 2008 - 09 Mar 2008

The University Museum and Art Gallery of The University of Hong Kong is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings by the internationally renowned designer and painter Kan Tai-keung. The exhibition features over thirty paintings by the artist, dating from the 1970s to 2007.

Born in Panyu, Guangdong province in 1942, Kan moved to Hong Kong in 1957. Since 1964, he learned drawing and watercolour painting from his uncle, Kan May-tin (1911-1998). Later he studied Chinese ink painting with Lui Shou-kwan (1919-1975) and applied design with Wucius Wong (b. 1936), in the Department of Extramural Studies of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Kan has started his career as a designer since 1967 and established his own design company in 1976. Currently he is Creative Director of the Kan & Lau Design Consultants, Council Member of the Hong Kong Arts Development, and Dean of the Cheung Kong Institute of Arts and Design at the Shantou University.

Kan's earlier ink paintings in the 1970s and 1980s are characterized by their graphic elements, featuring mountains, rivers, trees and rocks in very refined concrete brushstrokes. His later works are more naturalistic landscapes in ink, with the portrayal of mountains, rivers, trees, rocks, and clouds which possess deeper realism.

The present exhibition will focus on Kan's artistic pursuit on the concept of painting in relation to Chinese calligraphic compositions. Some of his recent works consist of seven or nine panels combining visual elements of painting and calligraphy. Kan implies the structure of the running and cursive scripts into landscapes forming cloudy mountains and flowing rivers.

A catalogue illustrating the artist's artistic achievements to date, and containing critical essays by noted scholars will accompany the exhibition.


Rhythm from My Mind No. 7

Ink and colour on paper 1995 

 70 x 70 cm 

 (Photo courtesy of the artist)


Song of Autumn 

Ink and colour on paper 1976

 66 x 66 cm

 (Photo courtesy of the artist)


Mountains Beyond 

Ink and colour on paper 2006 

 70 x 212 cm 

 (Photo courtesy of the artist)

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