11 – 17 September 2007
The Rotunda, Exchange Square Central, Hong Kong
Come this September, from the 10th to the 17th, iPRECIATION will display about 50 exceptional ink paintings by multi-award winning artist Irene Chou (b. 1924) at The Rotunda, Exchange Square. ‘Life is a Many Splendoured Thing’ is the choice title of the series of recent ink works by Chou, one of the few female pioneers in the New Ink Painting Movement, created between 2006 and 2007. Filled with an array of fascinating reds, greens and yellows that contrast brilliantly against her powerful brushstrokes in black ink, these entrancing ink works are the artistic expressions of Chou’s exquisite, psychological landscape.
This series of works is a visual spectacle, its splendour enhanced by the artist’s motivations, as it is tantamount to the portrayal of the artist’s creative “rebirth”, following an incapacitating stroke in 1991. Influenced by “Jingjin”, which translates from Mandarin as the ‘Essence of Moving Forward’, Chou’s new ink works reflect her tenacious fight towards recovery and beautifully showcases her spirit and growth as an artist and individual. Hailing from Shanghai and a current resident of Brisbane, Australia, Irene Chou’s paintings are collected by prestigious museums including The Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, U.K.), Hong Kong Museum of Art and numerous others influential art institutions.
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