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In collaboration with the Museum of East Asian Art, Koon Wai Bong, the Hong Kong ink artist, establishes an introspective exploration that presents his unique vision of contemporary ink art.
The well-established artist, Koon, has been immersed in the tradition of brush and ink, while remaining open to artistic media and notions from various cultures. To mediate different notions about aesthetics and creative practices, Koon builds an interesting dialogue with the museum collection and looks into traditional aesthetics, literati values, and formal expressions of Chinese art. The dialogues enable the artist to review his own notion of contemporary ink works and how one might become enriched by the repository of Chinese cultures.
This illustrated book explores Koon’s artistic reflections on the museum collection and his artistic achievements in the wider context of contemporary ink painting through essay and text by local art historians, curators, and critics.
About Ting Wing Yan, Vivian
Koon Wai Bong received his Doctor of Fine Art from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Apart from widely exhibiting at many art shows in Asia and overseas, Koon has actively participated in international biennials and art fairs. He was honoured with the Rising Artist Award in 2003, earned the Merit from the Tenth National Exhibition of Art, China in 2004 and won the Award from the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial in 2009. His paintings are housed by private and public collections such as the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. One of his works showcases in the online art programme namely ‘Google Art Project’. By invitation, Koon attained several commission projects such as those offered by the Hong Kong Legislative Council and the Morgan Stanley. He is now serving as the Assistant Professor at the Hong Kong Baptist University.