Contemporary by Angela Li is honoured to present the first solo exhibition of Kwong Man Chun – Moonlit Dancing.Kwong specialises in portraying an anachronistic modern memory with unbounded imagination, by using a mix of Chinese traditional mineral pigment, ink and oil paint. Deeply influenced by Chinese South School painting, he creates a poetic and dreamy artwork with a touch of nostalgic stroke. The exhibition opening will be held on Wednesday 18 January, 2023 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and will remain on view until 18 February, 2023. The artist will be present during the opening.
“Dancing to my moonlit shadow,
I feel no longer the mortal tie”
---- Prelude to Water Melody
Su Shi (蘇軾), 1076
Love is in the air, it makes the mortal world more attractive than the eternity of heaven. Kwong is inspired greatly by his daily life, especially the warmth from his family. The wooden dividers inside Tong Lau 唐樓(tenement buildings) are the memories of his childhood. The interlace of nostalgia memories and contemporary atmosphere, crochet a time traveling journey between ancient China and modern Hong Kong. The exhibited artworks include the tree in his homeland, Huang Cen Ling (黄岑嶺) , a village by the lake in Hunan province; the herbal tea that his sister brew for him; an aerolite that floats in Tong Lau; the mirage of Eileen Chang (張愛玲),a legendary female Chinese author, etc. His paintings will lead you to search between the reality and an surrealist world.
Plum blossom, pavilion, stone, and lake are the essential elements in Kwong’s painting, the forms of them represent his inner state during his creations. By observing motion through stillness, his works show the interaction between human and nature. He uses the eternity of stone, in contrast to the constant changing of water flow. Walking through the mystery mist created by Kwong Man Chun, you will be immersed into the emotional boundless cosmos.