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Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global Ocula Conversation Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global

French gallerist Almine Rech-Picasso opened her first space in Asia on Shanghai's historic Bund in July this year, bringing her eponymous gallery's total locations to five. The Shanghai gallery occupies roughly 4,000 square feet on the second floor of the three-storey Amber Building, a beautiful warehouse space, originally occupied by the Central...

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From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut Ocula Report From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut 8 Nov 2019 : Nat Muller for Ocula

There's an inside joke amongst the team of Ashkal Alwan, The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts: that every time an edition of its biennial forum on cultural practices is planned, a national crisis happens. The eighth edition of Home Works was no different: it opened on 17 October amidst the most devastating wildfires that Lebanon had witnessed...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Irene Chou

Irene Chou (1924 Shanghai-2011 Australia) a student of Lui Shou-kwan and a key figure of the New Ink Art Movement in Hong Kong. The one stroke technique, derived from Chinese philosophy Zen and Taoism which was influenced by her mentor Lui Shou-kwan, has led to her dynamic, abstract paintings—and became her signature style in the 1980's. Upon graduating from the Economic department at Shanghai St John's University in 1945, Chou worked as a journalist for Peace Daily Shanghai. Thereafter she left for Taipei and in 1949 for Hong Kong. Five years later she started to learn classical painting under Zhao Shao'ang, a master of the Lingnan school. During 1960's she was introduced to Western Abstract Expressionism by Lui Shou-kwan and inspired to combine Western and Chinese art while striving to retain the essence of Chinese traditional art. Her works demonstrate a solid grounding in traditional Chinese painting methods as well as the footprint traced from Lui Shou-kwan's iconic Zen painting. She has won several prestigious awards including the Pacific Culture Asia Museum Fine Art Award, United States, 1973; the Hong Kong Urban Council Fine Arts Award, 1983 and Artist of the Year Award by Hong Kong Artists' Guild, 1988. After suffering a life-threatening stroke in 1991 she moved to Brisbane, Australia and passed away at the age of 87. Alisan has been showcasing her works since 1987 and included her in the Lui Shou-kwan 40 Years On Exhibition in 2015.

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Featured Artworks

Hope by Irene Chou contemporary artwork
Irene ChouHope, 1973 Ink and Color on Paper
96 x 86 cm
Galerie du Monde
Impact A 印象之一 by Irene Chou contemporary artwork
Irene ChouImpact A 印象之一, NA Ink and Color on Paper
137 x 67 cm
Galerie du Monde
Tree 8 樹之八 by Irene Chou contemporary artwork
Irene ChouTree 8 樹之八, NA Ink and Color on Paper
85 x 59 cm
Galerie du Monde
Untitled 無題 by Irene Chou contemporary artwork
Irene ChouUntitled 無題, NA Ink and Color on Paper
68 x 137 cm
Galerie du Monde
Untitled 無題 by Irene Chou contemporary artwork
Irene ChouUntitled 無題, c. 1970s Ink and Colour on Paper
96 x 58 cm
Galerie du Monde
Contemplation 冥想 by Irene Chou contemporary artwork
Irene ChouContemplation 冥想, 1970–1980 Ink on Paper
136 x 67 cm
Galerie du Monde
Untitled by Irene Chou contemporary artwork
Irene ChouUntitled, 2007 Chinese ink and colour on paper
17 x 12.5 x 4 cm
Alisan Fine Arts

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Embody 體現 at Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong
Closed
18 September–19 October 2019 Group Exhibition Embody 體現 Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Forms of Ink at Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong
Closed
11 July–16 September 2019 Group Exhibition Forms of Ink Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong

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