Hong Kong Arts Centre, The Pao Galleries 4/F
24-30 April 2013
Alisan Fine Arts
2-18 May 2013
Alisan Fine Arts is honoured to present recent works by Chinyee, a Chinese abstract expressionist artist based in New York. Chinyee has had a long career of solo and group exhibitions in the US and Asia since 1965. Her bold and colourful yet graceful works were included in the 1997 renowned traveling exhibition “Asian Traditions Modern Expressions: Asian American Artist and Abstraction 1945 – 1970,” curated by Jeffery Wechsler, Senior Curator of Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum in the US. The show toured for two years throughout the US, Japan and Taiwan. Wechsler has praised her works:
“Picture by picture, Chinyee invites the viewer to re-experience the delight, the sense of surprise, and the onrush of feelings that affected her during the painting process. It is a particularly generous and affecting gift.” (‘Chinyee: The Wonder of Change’ by Jeffrey Wechsler, “Chinyee Retrospective Exhibition 1965-1995”, Taipei, 1995, p.15)
In 2007, Alisan organized her 50-year retrospective “A Lyrical Journey” at the Shanghai Art Museum where over 90 works from 1953 – 2007 were on display, tracing her long distinguished career. This is the second solo exhibition we will be having for Chinyee in Hong Kong and will be presenting 38 recent works including both oil on canvas and watercolour on paper and collage. Of her new works the artist and Jeffery Wechsler says:
“It is my hope that looking at my recent works, one may see enraptured colors, meditated forms and scribbled gestural lines - a visual excitement.” (Chinyee)
“Expanding upon and invigorating basic themes and techniques that have occupied her for over five decades, Chinyee’s recent work moves gracefully among the various media of oil painting, watercolor and collage. From image to image, her overall production reflects a natural blending of opposites: subtlety balanced by exuberance, contemplation balanced by spontaneity.”(Jeffrey Wechsler)
The official opening of the show will be on 24 April, Wed at 6-7:30pm at Hong Kong Arts Centre, The Pao Galleries 4/F and will run from April 24 – 30, 2013. Officiating the opening will be Mr. Stephen M. Young (Consul General, U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong) and Mrs. Cissy Pao Watari, BBS (Honorary President, Board Member & Chairman of the Arts Programme Committee, Hong Kong Arts Centre). The artist will also be coming from New York to take part in the opening ceremony and will be available for interviews. Mrs. Alice King, Director of Alisan Fine Arts will also be present. The show will continue at Alisan Fine Arts from 2 – 18 May, 2013. A catalogue will be published for this exhibition.
About the Artist and her works:
Born in Nanjing, China in 1929, Chinyee began her formal education in Chongqing where she and her family were forced to seek refuge during the Sino-Japanese War. In 1947, she was awarded a four year scholarship to study Fine Arts at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in New York. She then went on to receive a Master’s degree in Art Education from New York University in 1952. Chinyee associates herself with the New York School of Abstract Expressionism. Having been trained in traditional methods, including drawing, watercolour and oil, she first started painting in a realistic manner. It was during the 1950s that she began to experiment in semi-abstract art, then later, total abstraction. It was through her gradual adoption of abstract painting that Chinyee seems to have found the place where her passion lies.
Chinyee’s work combines both Eastern spirit and Western expression. Her gestural and loose brushstrokes reflect both Asian brush techniques and years of careful study of modernist abstraction. The spontaneity of touch, the sense of excitement in the off-set compositions, and the unexpected bursts of colours are all genuine expressions of her mood, emotions and life experiences.
Her work has been honoured by UNICEF in its educational films, and by the U.S. Department of States “Art in Embassies Program”. They are also collected by collectors around the world.