Born in Guangdong, China, in 1951 Fung Ming-chip grew up in Hong Kong, before spending his early adult life in New York and Taiwan. Self-taught, Fung’s career spans nearly four decades and is rooted in the written word first explored through the classical art of seal engraving. The artist later expanded his artistic practice to wood-carving, ink painting, calligraphy, sculpture and sgraffito.Read More
Since 1975, Fung has diligently practiced traditional calligraphy, and has also been guided by the hallmarks of Abstract Expressionism, especially by the movement’s emphasis on the gestural treatment of line and space. Significantly, this school of artists, including Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, and Mark Tobey drew their inspiration from Chinese calligraphy and culture. In 1977, he moved to New York, and since 1986, he has lived between New York, Taipei and Hong Kong before settling in Hong Kong, where he currently resides and practices. In 2004, he was artist in residence at Jesus College, Cambridge University, in the United Kingdom.
Through his own unique process of research and analysis, Fung Ming-chip draws out new inferences on both a technical and conceptual level, leading him to new discoveries. To date, he has developed over one hundred and forty new strains of calligraphy. Positing and predicting new classifications in calligraphic development, Fung undertakes experiments to determine the feasibilities and possibilities inherent within each one. In this way he not only extends the tradition of calligraphy, but also expands its development as a contemporary art form.
Text courtesy Alisan Fine Arts.
Hong Kong artist Fung Ming Chip's research into the history of ideograms and pictographs, especially in relation to Chinese calligraphy, seems increasingly relevant in a media saturated world in which the image is most definitely the message. The title of Fung Ming Chip's current solo exhibition Meme at Hong Kong-based Galerie du Monde seeks to...
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