The HKU Museum Society is delighted to present a guided viewing of Embracing Landscapes: The Artistic Journey of Professor Jao Tsung-I with John Yiu, Deputy Director of the Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole at The University of Hong Kong.
This exhibition is a collaboration between The University Museum and Art Gallery and the Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole, both of the University of Hong Kong, in celebration of the highly personal and enduring artistic oeuvre of Professor Jao Tsung-I. A renowned Chinese literary scholarly and artist, Professor Jao began his career at HKU in 1952, setting out to develop an international network of like-minded academics, and explored the continents of Europe, Asia, Africa, America and Australia.
Embracing Landscapes: The Artistic Journey of Professor Jao Tsung-I features interpretations of landscapes from different corners of the world, including large-scale paintings that depict well-known sites in Hong Kong, China and overseas. Individual artworks reflect the distinctive character of each site and are represented through Professor Jao’s use of the traditional Chinese medium of ink and brush, as well as western painting techniques. The paintings are also a testament to the monumental effect of the various landscapes and exemplify the care he took in merging the essence of painted images and commemorative poems. Through these exhibits, the audience has the unique opportunity to retrace Professor Jao’s footsteps and experience his profound impressions of diverse continents across the globe.
John Yiu is Deputy Director of the Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole at The University of Hong Kong. He is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, specialising in Song paintings. His current research interests include social decorum in figural art. He plays the qin and studies it with Dr Tse Chun Yan. He is a committee member of the Deyin Qin Society.