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Chu Hing-wah

Born in China’s Guangdong province in 1935, Chu Hing-wah has been working as an artist since the 1970s. A founding member of the Hong Kong Visual Arts Society, Chu has received many awards during the course of his artistic career, including the “Urban Council Fine Arts Award” in 1989 and “Painter of the Year” by the Hong Kong Artists Guild in 1992. In 2010, his solo exhibition “Hong Kong, Hong Kong: Works by CHU Hing Wah” was held at the University Museum and Art Gallery of the University of Hong Kong.

Cantonese Opera Showtime!

The works of Chu Hing-wah, a self-taught artist, are mainly in the medium of Chinese ink and colour on paper. The world created by Chu’s brush conveys his understanding of the human state of mind. His early creations have the tendency to illustrate the loneliness of urban life. After retirement, he shifted towards a more innocent approach and a richer palette in praise of the beauty of the world. In an exciting turn, Chu partners with designer Terry Lee to create Cantonese Opera Showtime!, which celebrates the Lunar New Year with the people of Hong Kong. The artist has not only preserved the tradition of paper craft design, but also re-appropriated it with unconventional materials and styling in order to modernise the visual outcomes of usual floral panels. This work ultimately elevates the unique art form of Cantonese opera, paying tribute to all the participating performers.

The Harbour-viewing Tower

The Harbour-viewing Tower is an artistic output of unbounded imagination facing the harbour of Hong Kong, signifying the wish to celebrate the Lunar New Year far and wide. Taking on an elegant and minimalistic approach, Chu fuses the traditional technique of a “revolving scenic” lantern with his hand-painted drawings, depicting various figures and postures in motion. He has particularly created a number of Cantonese opera characters to reflect on the poetic lifestyle, thoughts and feelings from a time gone by. Through his unique colour combinations, minimal composition and the superposition of revolving shadows, Chu offers fragments of the traditional festive activities, displaying his concern for human relations and affairs of the world.