Bio

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CHRONOLOGY

1943 Born in Panyu, Guangdong, China
1954 Moved to Guangzhou
1957 Moved to Hong Kong
1968 Moved Florida, attending graduate sshool in the United States
1969 Moved to Maryland
1975 Received PhD degree in Physics, University of Maryland, Moved to Texas
1978 Moved to Maryland


FORMAL EDUCATION

1966 B. Sc. Physics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
1975 Ph. D. Physics, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland


ART EDUCATION

1958 - 1959 Studied Chinese painting under Leung Pak-Yu and Chow Yat-Fung
1959 - 1962 Studied Chinese painting under Kan Maytin
1958 - 1968 Studied Chinese Calligraphy under Au Kin-Kung


POSITIONS HELD

1975 - 1978 Post Doctoral Fellow, University of Texas, Austin, Texas
1978 – 1981 Post Doctoral Fellow, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
1981 - 2003 Senior Scientist, JAYCOR, Virginia
2003 - present Artist, self-employed 


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1980 Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong
1984 Touchstone Gallery, Washington, D. C.
1986 Robert Brown Contemporary Art, Washington, D. C.
1987 Robert Brown Contemporary Art, Washington, D. C.
1988 Hsiung Shih Gallery, Taipei
1989 Roberts Gallery, Towson State University, Towson, Maryland
     Robert Brown Contemporary Art, Washington, D. C.
1990 Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
1991 Hsiung Shih Gallery, Taipei
     Robert Brown Gallery, Washington, D. C.
1992 Roberts Gallery, Towson State University, Towson, Maryland
     Robert Brown in Georgetown, Washington, D. C.
1993 American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, D. C.
1994 Robert Brown Gallery, Washington, D. C.
1995 Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei
1996 Duchamp Art Space, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
     Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
1997 Lung Men Gallery, Taipei
1998 Gallery 456, New York
2002 Delaware Center of Contemporary Art, Wilmington, Delaware 
     Kwang Hwa Information and Culture Center, Hong Kong 
     B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky 
2003 Hodson Gallery, Hood College, Frederick, Maryland 
2004 Harmony Hall Regional Center, Fort Washington, Maryland
2005 Grotto’s Fine Art, Hong Kong
2006 B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky
     Installation collaboration with Mary McCoy and Howard McCoy, Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, Maryland
2007 Chung Chi College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong 
2008 Grotto’s Fine Art, Hong Kong
2009 Commercial Press, Hong Kong
2010 Calligraphy in the Forest, outdoor installations collaboration with Mary McCoy and Howard McCoy, Adkins Arboretum, Maryland
2011 Water, Water, and Water, Adkins Arboretum, Maryland
     Immersed, Red Door Gallery, Richmond, Maryland.
2012 The Highest excellence is Like Water, Chung Chi College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
     Zhongshan Art Institute, Zhongshan, China 
2013 Inspired by Waves and Streams, University Library Gallery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
2014 Art Door Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
     Grotto Gallery, Hong Kong
2016 Athenaeum, Alexandria, Virginia 
2017 Spring Song Installation, Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, Maryland 


TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

1968 With Poon Sui Wah, City Hall Art Gallery, Hong Kong
1981 With Judy Todd, Touchstone Gallery. Washington, D. C.
1982 With Rima Schulkind, Touchstone Gallery, Washington, D. C.
1983 With Kan Tai-Keung, International Monetary Fund, Washington, D. C.
1985 With Len Bellinger, Kathryn Markel Gallery, New York
1986 With Kan Tai-Keung, Art Centre, Hong Kong
1995 With Kan L. Chung, Haenah-Kent Gallery, New York
2006 With Kan Tai-Keung, Shenzhen Fine Arts Institute, Shenzhen, China
2012 With Nellie Chao, Arts Barn, City of Gaithersburg, Gaithersburg, Maryland


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1964 First Open Art Competition, Chatham Gallery, Hong Kong
1967 Music and Fine Art Festival, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
1969 Contemporary Hong Kong Art, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
1970 Hong Kong Pavilion, Expo’70, Tokyo
     Art Now – Hong Kong, Traveling exhibition in England
1971 Contemporary Hong Kong Art, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
1977 University of Texas, Austin, Texas
1980 Touchstone Gallery, Washington, D. C.
1981 Hong Kong Art 1970-1980, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
     A Slice of Washington Art, Mini Art Gallery, Office of the Mayor, Washington, D. C.
     Art’81, Washington International Art Fair, Washington, D. C.
1982 Five International Artists, Robert Brown Contemporary Art, Washington, D. C.
     New Perspective, Phoenix II Gallery, Washington, D. C.
     Atlantic Gallery, New York
     Annual Juried Fine Art Exhibition, The Greater Reston Art Center, Reston, Virginia
     First Annual Brandeis Juried Art Exhibition, Washington, D. C.
1983 Award Winners’ Exhibition, The Greater Reston Art Center, Reston, Virginia
     Touchstone Gallery, Washington, D. C.
     Hui Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota
1984 David Adamson Gallery, Washington, D. C.
     Touchstone Gallery, Washington, D. C.
     Hui Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota
1987 Hsiung Shih Biennial, Hsiung Shih Gallery, Taipei
     Works of Overseas Chinese Artists, Shih Da Art Gallery, Taipei
1988 Mountain Visions, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey
     Over the Mountains, Across the Sea, Museum of Natural History, Washington, D. C.
     The Art of Ink Paintings, Inauguration of Shin Kuang Gallery, Taipei
1990 Past as a Prologue, The Greater Reston Art Center, Reston, Virginia
1992 Landscapes, David Adamson Gallery, Washington, D. C.
     New Directions in Ink Paintings, Hsiung Shih Gallery, Taipei
1993 Where the Streams Become a River, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
1994 Orientations, David Adamson Gallery, Washington, D. C.
     Orientations, Louisville Visual Art Association, Louisville, Kentucky
     The Beauty of Ink, Chicago Cultural Center and Point Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
     Artscape ’94 Meyerhoff Gallery, Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore, Maryland
     The American Center for Physics, College Park, Maryland
1995 Works of Chinese-American Artists, Exchange Square, Hong Kong
     Ten-Year Retrospective, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, D. C.
1996 Mutations of Ink and Paper, Taipei Gallery, New York
     Contemporary Chinese Paintings, Duoyunxuan Gallery, Shanghai and Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong
1998 Summer Group Show, Gallery Okuda International, Washington, D. C.
1999 Ten by Ten, Addison-Ripley Fine Art, Washington, D. C.
     Spring Group Show, Robert Brown Gallery, Washington, D. C.
     Tradition and Innovation, University College Art Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
2000 The Year of Dragon: Art Flowing from East to West, the Cultural Center at Glen Allen, Glen Allen, Virginia
     Then and Now: The Asian Presence of Difference, Della Mill Gallery, Ellicott City, Maryland
2001 Natural Images, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
2002 Ever Flowing River, Korean Embassy, Washington, D. C.
2003 Andrew Bae Gallery, Chicago 
2004 East and West: The Asian Esthetic, Ralls Collection, Washington, D. C.
2005 Secret Places/Silent Journey, Capital One Gallery, Mclean, Virginia
     The Art of Brush and Ink Calligraphy by Contemporary Chinese Artists, University of Maryland University College, College Park, Maryland
2006 Contemporary Hong Kong Ink Painting Exhibition, Hong Kong Central Library, Hong Kong, and Shenzhen Fine Arts Institute, Shenzhen, China
     Contemporary Art Asia: China, Japan, Korea, Sotheby’s, Inc., New York
     Quest ,PuErh, Coffee, Fusion - 25 Years of Fond Memories: Friends of Chingying Institute of Visual Arts Art Exhibition, Hong Kong Visual Arts Center, Hong Kong
     Gallery 10 Sculpture Exhibition, Washington Circle, Washington, DC
2007 Sculpture Invitational, Gallery 10, Washington Circle, Washington, DC
     Contemporary Art Asia, Sotheby’s, Inc., New York
     A New Look of Contemporary Ink Painting, Central Plaza Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong
     Contemporary Hong Kong Ink Painting, Art Commute, Hong Kong 
     Environmental Impact: Worth Saving, Marlboro Gallery, Prince George Community College, Upper Marlboro, Maryland  
2008 Art and Dream, Pepco Gallery, Washington, DC, and University College, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland
     Sculptural Invitational, Gallery 10, Washington, DC
     Contemporary Art Asia, Sotheby’s, Inc., New York
2009 Ink, Water and Paper, Contemporary Hong Kong Ink Paintings, Hong Kong Central Library, Hong Kong.
     Invitational Exhibition of Ink Painting from Fujian, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, Xiamen Museum of Art, Xiamen, China
     Chinese Elegance, Millennium Center, Beijing, China  
2010 Kan’s Family Art Exhibition, City Hall Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong
2011 Meditation in Contemporary Landscape, Asian Art Gallery, Center for the Arts, Towson University, Towson, Maryland
     From the Old Masters to New Inspirations, Friendship Heights Village Center, Maryland
     Ten Chinese Artists from Washington, DC, Anhui Museum, Anhui, and Wu Dongkui Art Museum, Beijing, China
2012 Transformations of Ink and Brush. Howard County Arts Council, Ellicott City, Maryland 
     Artists of Chinese Culture and Art League, Xiamen Art Museum, Xiamen, China
2013 Transformations of Ink and paper, Harmony Hall Regional Center, Fort Washington, Maryland
     Transformations of Landscape Paintings in Hong Kong, Grotto’s Fine Art, Hong Kong
     A Fine Line: Calligraphy, Language and Symbol, Strathmore Fine Art, Bethesda, Maryland
2014 Resonance Between The East and The West: Contemporary Chinese Painting Invitational, Howard County Community College, Maryland
2015 Transformations of Brush and Paper. Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, Maryland
     Shanghai-Hong Kong-Macau: Exchange Exhibition of Modern Chinese Ink Painting, Hong Kong Central Library, Hong Kong
     A Tale of Two Cities: Painting and Calligraphy by Shanghai and Hong Kong Artists, Art Center, Hong Kong 
2016 Friendship Exchanges Calligraphy Exhibition, CCACC Art Gallery, Rockville, Maryland
     A Tale of Two Cities: Painting and Calligraphy by Shanghai and Hong Kong Artists, Shanghai, China


WORKSHOPS

Chung Chi College, various occasions from 2002 to 2016
Hong Kong Museum of Fine Art, 2002
Shantou University, 2007
Sumi-e Society of America, 2007, 2012
Sumi-e Society of America, Sarasota, 2014


AWARDS AND HONORS

1964 First Place in Watercolor, First Open Art Competition, Chatham Gallery, Hong Kong
1982Audrey Lyle Memorial Award, The Greater Reston Art Center, Reston, Virginia 
1987 Invited Artist, Hsiung Shih Biennial, Hsiung Shih Gallery, Taipei 
2001 Distinguished Alumni Lecturer, Chung Chi College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, on the 50th Anniversary of the college 
2002 Visiting Artist, Chung Chi College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong 
2007 Residence Artist, Chung Chi College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2011 Judge of Annual Exhibition, Sumi-e Society of America


COLLECTIONS 

American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, D. C.
American Embassy in Moscow, Moscow
Anhui Museum, Anhui, China
Art Bank, US Department of States, Washington, D. C.
Chung Chi College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Copelouzos Art Museum, Athens, Greece
Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
International Monetary Fund, Washington, D. C.
Morningside College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Shenzhen Fine Arts Institute, Shenzhen, China
Towson State University, Towson, Maryland
University Library, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Xiamen Art Museum, Xiamen, China
Zhongshan Institute of Painting and Calligraphy, Zhongshan, China
Private and corporate collections

 

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