Home Visit with Artists - Hon Chi-fun & Choi Yan Chi
The Museum Society is delighted to organize a home visit with prominent husband-wife artists Hon Chi-fun and Choi Yan Chi at the closing of Hon's exhibition at the UMAG.
Born in 1922, Hon Chi-fun was fond of art since an early age. After graduating from Wah Yan College, he worked at the Hong Kong Post Office, at the same time becoming a self-taught painter. In the 1950s, he painted mostly landscape oil paintings. In the 1960s, his works gradually evolved into abstract art as he emerged actively onto the art scene. In 1969, he became the first Hong Kong recipient of the Rockefeller Fund Fellowship, enabling him to be an artist-in-residence for a year in New York. Following his experience in the United States, Hon entered into an experimental period, trying new materials and techniques. In the 1970s and 80s, circles and squares became his trademarks. He once declared, "The circle is me". He frequently referred to philosophical issues related to life and death, nature and the universe. Hon immigrated to Canada in the 1990s and returned to HK in 2000, when his works became more crisp and unconventional, and his thoughts on life ever more profound. Hon's works have been exhibited widely both here and abroad, including a retrospective exhibition at the Hong Kong Museum of Art.
Hon is married to Choi Yan Chi, one of Hong Kong's foremost installation artists and an active promoter of contemporary art for over 25 years. Graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a MFA, she was Assistant Professor at Baptist University, helping to establish the University's first Academy of Visual Art. She was a grantee of the Asian Cultural Council Fellowship in 1990 and a participant in the First Asia Pacific Triennial in Australia in 1993. A co-founder of 1A Space, she was invited by the University of Southern California as a Distinguished Provost's Visitor in 2008. In 2009, she curated the exhibition "Green, through the Kai Tak River" for October Contemporary Hong Kong. Her works are widely published internationally.
We shall visit this iconic artist couple's home, listen to their inspirational journeys, and view Hon's recent works created at the age of 90.