Szeto Lap 司徒立 (b. 1949)

Born in Guangzhou, China in 1949, Szeto Lap took up residence in Hong Kong at the age of 23, a prelude to a move to France three years later in 1975. A young, budding Chinese artist inEurope, Szeto won recognition by staging his first solo exhibition at the Galerie l’Oeil Sévigné in Paris. He has since embarked on various educational projects, acting as Guest Professor to renowned art institutions in China, and was also Lecturer of the PhD programme at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou in 2001.

Szeto Lap is an artist who revels in simplicity, providing a sense of calm and introspection through his oil paintings, conferring sensibility to a society that is warped by a multitude of complexities. Never ceasing in his pursuit and perusal of beauty, he charts details meticulously. The objects in his paintings espouses a mysterious quality, and are thought-provoking owing to the premeditated play of shadows. Szeto’s philosophical approach to life attests to the quietude and composure in his paintings, advocating the precepts of truth and knowledge, with elements metamorphosed as filters of light in his creations.

Forsaking the common desire to climb the social ladder, the artist, relishing this nonconformist adoption, has gained rare insights to the callous materialistic attributes plaguing city life, deviating entirely from such heady, disillusioned affairs, thus achieving an artistic enlightenment through his paintings with a psychological eminence that induces admiration.




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