A Journey from East to West: A Retrospective Conversation with Hon Chi Fun
Discussion 1:30 – 2:30pm
With a career spanning over half a century, this retrospective discussion will provide the rare opportunity to converse on the deepest details one of Hong Kong’s most respected visual artist, Hon Chi Fun. The program will examine the trajectory of Hon’s career, from his earliest works during the 50s, to his part in the HK modernist movement of the 60s and 70s, the signature of his airbrush and screen printing works of the 80s and 90s, and into his latest works during the turn of the millennium. Together with Professor Frank Vigneron, Head of the Graduate Division of Fine Arts at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and with the aid of Mr. Hon’s wife Choi Yan Chi, the discussion will reflect on a career that has both inspired and influenced the Hong Kong art scene.
Hon Chi Fun is one of Hong Kong’s most respected visual artists, best known for his abstract paintings and serigraphic prints that reflect his interest in Taoism and phenomenology through the expression of circles. In 1958, he co-founded the Modern Literature and Art Association to promote local public interest in literature and art. He was among the first in Hong Kong to be awarded a Fellowship by John D. Rockefeller 3rd Foundation in 1968. He has been the recipient of solo exhibitions at Hong Kong Museum of Art (2005) and the University Museum and Art Gallery of the University of Hong Kong (1988). In 2013, he received the Medal of Honor from the Hong Kong SAR Government in recognition of his outstanding artistic achievements.
Choi Yan-Chi, wife of Hon Chi Fun, is an artist, art educator and promoter of Hong Kong Contemporary art and was regarded as a first generation Hong Kong contemporary artist. Hong Kong Arts Center had presented her first solo exhibition on Installation works in 1985. In 1993 she was invited to take part in the First Asia Pacific Triennial at Queensland Art Gallery, Australia. In the same year she was also granted a solo exhibition at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. In 1998 Choi was awarded artist of the year by Hong Kong Arts Development Council and was granted another award in 2011 by the Hong Kong Secretary of Home Affairs’ Commendation Scheme. At present she is a retired assistant professor from Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University.
Professor Frank Vigneron received a Ph.D. in Chinese Art History from the Paris VII University, a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Paris IV Sorbonne University and a Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He joined the Department of Fine Arts, CUHK in 2004, teaching courses on the History of Western Art, the theories of Modernism and Postmodernism in art, and Chinese and Western comparative aesthetics. His research focus is on the history of Chinese painting from the 18th century onwards and on different aspects of contemporary Chinese art seen in a global context. In 2010, he became Chair of the Hong Kong Art School Academic Committee as well as a member of the Hong Kong Art School Council. He is also a member of the International Association of Art Critics Hong Kong. Professor Vigneron is also a practicing artist. He has held several solo exhibitions in Hong Kong and has taken part in local and international exhibitions.
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