Wong Hau Kwei has no doubt played an important part in the development of local ink art. Characterised by meticulous brushwork, the beauty of Wong’s paintings is often attained by emphasizing orderly repetition in a geometric composition. The shapes forming the composition of his artworks create a simple harmony, and at the same time a degree of intrigue by distorting subjects as if reflected from glass, thus adding to the visual appeal.
Wong Hau Kwei’s works look into the world for subjects that move him. From scenes of the candlelit vigil in Victoria Park every June, to portraits of mining accident victims in China and those of wars in the heart of Asia, the artist expresses themes of political issues and social phenomena that he holds closest to his heart. More light-hearted works involve splendid portrayals of nature and cityscapes, as well as various forms of wordplay on Chairman Mao’s quotations or popular Chinese sayings which reflect satire and humour which can certainly not be missed by any Chinese viewer. Be they landscapes, responses to current affairs or observations of life, Wong’s works are a treat to the eyes and mind. Together they have provided the sceptics among viewers with the answers as to what makes ink art beautiful and significant.