Master SHUM WING KWONG
Among the many Chinese painters in Hong Kong, Mr. Shum Wing Kwong was considered to be one of the most promising artist in the field and had been named as 'Fish-Painting King' by art critics. Perhaps this was because his style and technique were so unusual and full of vivacity in his fish-paintings.
In order to understand Mr. Shum's art, one had to know his ways of painting and thinking. As a matter of fact, before he started to paint, he usually had a mental picture in mind, knowing exactly what images were going to appear in his work and then modifying them with superb control of textural surfaces, plus a sensitive touch of brush strokes, and eventually a unique style of art was born. His paintings showed his visual sensation, and created a new dimension in his art career of Chinese Painting.
Mr. Shum would go through a series of work processes before he could complete a painting. Thinking and rethinking were repeatedly in action. Therefore, while appreciating his art of fishes, flowers, mountain scenes, we have to imagine how much effort he had put into his painting – the integration of mind and skill at the same time.
If we believe art is a very personal thing, then we have to admit that Mr. Shum's art had a strong personal identity, a form in which an artist has to search for a lifetime. Regardless of your likes or dislikes, Mr. Shum had built up an unique and graceful style in his own right.
1952 Graduated from the Literature college of Lingnan University in Canton.
1965 Graduated from Canton Literature and HIistory College majoring in Chinese Painting. In the same year, his paintings began to be exhibited in Canton Art Exhibition annually.
1979-83 Setting down in Hong Kong and teaching art in many associations. His paintings were selected for many art exhibitions.
1984 Art lecturer at the University of East Asia, Macau.
Late 80’s Group and individual exhibitions in locally and internationally including Canada and the US sponsored by the Institute of Artists Association of Canada and Oriental Art Association and Asian Art Research Association.
90’s- 2000’s Published his first book on Chinese Fish-Painting. A permanent lecturer and teacher in Chinese Painting.
2016 Passed away in Hong Kong