July 9 – August 29, 1999
Since his first exhibition in 1968, Hong Kong artist Li Wai On has exhibited widely in Asia, Europe, and the U.S. Besides Chinese painting and calligraphy, he has worked extensively in other mediums: two commissioned works, the 3400-square-foot carved stone mural decorating the waterfront side of the Hong Kong Furama Hotel and the two-storey high copper wall paneling of the Singapore Oriental Hotel, are notable examples.
Over the last two decades, Li’s painting style has evolved from traditional Chinese figurative style to bold, thick washes using Chinese ink and color, while retaining the combination of poetry, calligraphy, and painting. Following the Tiananmen Demonstration of June 4, 1989, Li’s style turned from color to somber black and white composition. Li finds inspiration from the great masters of the past as well as from the daily urban environment. Many of these paintings are poignant commentaries on the current social and political situation in China and Hong Kong.
The Center is pleased to present this exhibit of ink and color paintings by one of Hong Kong’s notable contemporary artists. Funding for the exhibition has been provided by Grants for the Arts of the San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts.