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The World of Luis Chan at ART HK 11
by Hanart TZ Gallery
Location: Booth 1B09, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Artist(s): Luis CHAN
Date: 26 May - 29 May 2011

Luis Chan (1905-1995) is an eccentric genius and a legend in the history of Chinese contemporary art.  Native of Guangdong Province and born in Panama in 1905, Luis settled in Hong Kong with his family in 1910.  As a landscape painter from the late 1920s to 1960, Luis used to go on painting expeditions around Hong Kong, and made a reputation as the "King of Watercolour". Together with artists Li Byng and Yee Bon, Luis was known as the "Three Masters" of Hong Kong.  In the 1950s, Luis entered a period of intense experimentation with the full spectrum of international avant-garde styles, immersing himself in Western abstraction in particular.  In the late 1960s, Luis underwent dramatic transformations in his visual rhetoric that developed into a repertoire of dreamscape fantasies populated with colourful creatures, both real and imaginary. His fantasies are inspired by the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong life; his art reaches into the deep recesses of the subconscious mind, out of which emerges the magnificent visions that are the transfigurations of a modest life lived to its full. Apart from being an artist, art critic and writer, Luis Chan was also a renowned social figure and a seminal catalyst in Hong Kong's art circle.  From his first solo debut exhibition in 1933 until his final show in 1993, Luis Chan presented 47 solo exhibitions over his long career and published countless articles on modern art.

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