Koo Mei 顧媚 (b. 1929)

Born in Guangzhou in 1929 and grown up in Hong Kong, Koo Mei was under the tutelage of several renowned 20th-century ink masters: First, Chao Shao-an in 1963 in Hong Kong; Hu Nien-Tsu and Au Ho-Nien when she was residing in Taiwan in 1969; and later Hong Kong New Ink Movement pioneer Lui Shou-Kwan in 1974. Since the 1970s, Koo’s works hail from the abstract, dynamic and fluid nature of clouds and mists, images she yearned for and frequently dreamt about. Determine not to be bounded by the rigid structures dominating Hong Kong’s landscape; she turned for the picturesque villages, panoramic imageries of mountains, valleys, streams and vast open spaces. Hence, many of her paintings stemmed from her fond childhood memories and playful imaginations of a quaint, mystic realm.

In 1977, Koo Mei won the prestigious Hong Kong Urban Council Fine Arts Award, and the winning painting was subsequently collected by the Hong Kong Museum of Art. Her early works received high praises from Asia’s most respected 20th-century masters, Chang Dai-Chien and Zao Wou Ki. 1984 marked a new beginning of her artistic journey when she moved from Hong Kong to Canada, where she resides today. The changes of four seasons and majestic natural wonders in Canada became a major catalyst towards her expansive, ethereal landscapes and misty clouds. Today, at the age of 92, she remains one of the very few female ink landscape painters of our times. Koo Mei’s works are powerfully evocative, imbued with a sense of tranquillity and wisdom that age over the passage of time.

Koo Mei’s works have been collected by many important private collectors and organizations such as the State University of Utah, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong Stadium, the Canadian Consulate General, Bank of America, Citibank, Bank of Australia, Hutchison Global Crossing Limited and Shaw Brothers (Hong Kong) Limited in Hong Kong respectively.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2021| Where the Sun Sets, iPreciation, Singapore
  • 2009 | The Cloud and Mist Weaver, University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong
  • 2001 | The Lark and Her Misty Cloud, iPreciation, Singapore
  • 1998 | Splendour in the Sky, Museum Annexe, Hong Kong
  • 1996 | The Pristine Harmony Art Center, Taipei
  • 1995 | Poetic Interlude, Artpreciation, Hong Kong
  • 1994 | The Pristine Harmony Art Center, Taipei
  • 1994 | Jasmine Fine Art, Singapore
  • 1993 | Artpreciation, Hong Kong
  • 1993 | The Pristine Harmony Art Center, Taipei
  • 1989 | The Touchstone Gallery, Hong Kong
  • 1989 | Caves Gallery, Taipei
  • 1987 | The Art House Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
  • 1985 | Charlotte Horstmann and Gerald Godfrey Ltd., Hong Kong
  • 1984 | University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • 1983 | City Hall, Hong Kong
  • 1983 | Chinese Manufacturers’ Association, Singapore
  • 1982 | Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
  • 1981 | Lung Man Art Gallery, Taipei
  • 1981 | National Art Gallery, Singapore
  • 1981 | Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
  • 1980 | City Hall, Hong Kong
  • 1978 | Lung Man Art Gallery, Taipei
  • 1977 | J.J. Gallery, San Francisco
  • 1976 | City Hall, Hong Kong
  • 1973 | City Hall, Hong Kong
  • 1973 | City Hall Yuen Long, Hong Kong
  • 1971 | Liang’s Gallery, Taipei

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019 | iPreciation 20th Anniversary: Reverie Collection – 25 Years of Art Collecting Journey, iPreciation, Singapore
  • 2017 | Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong Artists in Vancouver, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2016 | Being and Inking: Documenting Contemporary Ink Art 2001-2016, Alisan Fine Arts, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, Aberdeen
  • 2015 | A Legacy of Ink: Lui Shou-Kwan 40 Years On, Alisan Fine Arts, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, Aberdeen
  • 2015 | Lui Shou-Kwan: A Legacy of Ink, Alisan Fine Arts, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, Aberdeen
  • 2010 | Scenic Sensibilities, Asian Fine Arts, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
  • 2009 | Art Show 09, CCM Center, Vancouver
  • 2008 | Art Show 08, CCM Center, Vancouver
  • 2007 | Art Show 07, CCM Centre, Vancouver
  • 2007 | The New Face of Ink Paintings, Sino Group, Hong Kong
  • 2006 | Art Show 06, CCM Centre Vancouver
  • 2006 | Love is a Many Splendoured Thing – Koos’ Family Painting Exhibition, Hong Kong
  • 2006 | Published memoir From Dawn to Dusk, Joint Publishing (Hong Kong) Company Limited
  • 2005 | Art Show 05, CCM Centre (Chinese Christian Mission of Canada), Vancouver
  • 2003 | Ink Paintings & Calligraphy, National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei
  • 2000 | Modern Classical, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 1997 | Reunion and Vision, Contemporary Hong Kong art 1997, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
  • 1997 | Masterpieces of 20th Century Chinese Painting, The Canadian Foundation for the Preservation of Chinese Cultural and Historical Treasures, Canada
  • 1992 | Contemporary Art of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
  • 1992 | Where the Stream Becomes a River, Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada
  • 1990 | University of British Columbia Asian Art Exhibition, Asian Art Auditorium, Vancouver
  • 1990 | Metamorphosis-Contemporary Chinese Paintings, Luen Chai, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
  • 1989 | Beyond the Magic Mountains; Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy by Artists in North America, Hanart Gallery, Hong Kong
  • 1988 | One Season of Promise, The Touchstone Gallery, Hong Kong
  • 1987 | Reality and Infinity, Alisan Fine Arts Ltd., Hong Kong
  • 1986 | Contemporary Chinese Painting, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong 
  • 1985 | Shui Muo Exhibition, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
  • 1983 | One Art Group Exhibition, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
  • 1982 | Exhibition of International Ink Painters Association, National Museum of History, Taipei
  • 1981 | Benson & Hedges Selection of Hong Kong Art, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
  • 1980 | One Art Group Joint Exhibition, National Museum of History, Taipei Traveling exhibition, Taiwan
  • 1979 | One Art Group Joint Exhibition, National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore
  • 1978 | Urban Council Fine Art Award Winners, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
  • 1977 | Contemporary Chinese Artists from Hong Kong, Rockford College, Illinois
  • 1976 | Hong Kong Art Now, Quorum Galleries, Hong Kong
  • 1971 | Female Painters of China, Memorial Painting Exhibition of Yu Ya-yun, Taipei


1977 | Urban Council Artist Award, Hong Kong

Permanent Collections

  • Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
  • Canadian Consulate General, Hong Kong
  • Bank of Australia, Hong Kong
  • Bank of America, Hong Kong
  • Citibank, Hong Kong
  • Hutchison Global, Hong Kong
  • Shaw Brothers Ltd, Hong Kong
  • Legislative Council of Hong Kong
  • University of Utah, United States

For the full list of exhibitions, awards and permanent collections, please contact the gallery at enquiry@ipreciation.com

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