The Chameleon-Like Hong Kong, through the Eyes of Luis Chan

The Chameleon-Like Hong Kong, through the Eyes of Luis Chan
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Luis Chan is not only known as an artist, but also as a critic, educator and exhibition curator. A rich and lengthy career and a life that spanned almost the entire XX Century, he was born in 1905 in Panama to a Cantonese family, then transferred at the age of 5 to Hong Kong where he died at the age of 90. Along with Hong Kong, Luis Chan (or Chen Fushan) shared his personal growth, living through individual and collective transformations and historic events. Without any art education, Luis Chan painted incessantly from a tender age. His first paintings are realistic landscapes done with water colours and oil paints, portraits of people and natural scenes, inspired by the florid nature of Hong Kong at the start of the 1900s. The urbanisation and chaos of the ‘50s, on the other hand, are the stars of the section Hong Kong Kaleidoscope, recalling that Luis Chan and his art are an important testimony to the transformations of that period. His eccentric talent and his language were in constant mutation as well, just like the Asian city - Chan experimented with the liberty of abstract expressionism with successive incursions into Cubism and Surrealism. He mastered various techniques, such as collage, engraving and spray painting. His works even mix the colours of Van Gogh with cubist faces, known thanks only to the art books and magazines that he collected, along with his beloved legendary oriental creatures and fantastical landscapes - all making up a unique heritage left to us by this cosmopolitan artist.
Chiara Vedovetto - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Shanghai