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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity Ocula Conversation Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity

Moving across installation, painting, drawing, and writing, Malaysia-born and London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh explores the political, social, and economic complexities of humanity, using a mosaic of information—from advertising slogans and pornographic imagery to newspaper articles—that she subjects to processes of layering,...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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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.

Featured Artworks

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

Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Forms of Ink at Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong
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11 July–2 September 2019 Group Exhibition Forms of Ink Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong

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