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A Retrospective of Fong Chung-Ray at Galerie du Monde

A Retrospective of Fong Chung-Ray at Galerie du Monde
By Christian Barlow
April 14, 2015

The exhibition highlights Fong’s modernisation of early Chinese ink painting a pursuit that defined contemporary Taiwanese art

Fong Chung-Ray, 84-16 Acrylic on canvas 137x107cm 1984
Image Courtesy of Galerie du Monde

With Fong’s work spanning six decades, he demonstrated a dedication to abstraction stemming from his early career. Throughout the 1950s, the traditional practice of landscapes dominated Chinese ink painting leading Fong to deviate from the norm by founding the Four Seas Arts Association, a leading artistic innovation of the period that expanded the scope of Chinese ink painting into abstraction.

Fong’s innovative streak became evident throughout the 1960s when he developed new mixed media textures using a printer’s brayer roll, acrylic and ink that have become a characteristic trait of his work. By 1990, he was experimenting with layering acrylic on plastic film and transferring to the canvas as the starting point of his creation. Acrylic collages afforded a greater freedom of experimentation, allowing Fong to pursue constant innovation.

Fong Chung-Ray: A Retrospective showcases 33 important works dating back from 1965 to the present. Fong was a member of the Fifth Moon Group, and is a leading figure in the modernisation of traditional Chinese ink painting. The exhibit traces the course of Fong’s creative practices and the expansive scope of his historical periods, showcasing the distinctions of a leader in Chinese abstraction.

Fong Chung-Ray: A Retrospective
Date:  May 7 to June 10, 2015
Time: Monday to Saturday, 10:00am to 7:00pm
Venue: Galerie du Monde, 108 Ruttonjee Centre, 11 Duddell Street, Central


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