Presenting 59 images of representative works by Hon Chi-fun 韓志勳 (1922 - 2019), this catalogue features early landscapes, black-and-white works done in the 1960s and the most recent works executed in 2004, with a special focus on the "circle" theme that is characteristic of the paintings Hon has created over the last decades. Also containing two articles written by Hon and his wife Ms Choi Yan-chi, poems by Hon and a chronology of his life and career, the catalogue brings together all this information in a valuable reference work that will enhance the reader's study and appreciation of Hon's creativity and provide clues for deciphering the secret codes of the artist.
One of Hong Kong’s most revered visual artists, Hon Chi-fun pioneered the creation of a personal avant-garde art style that spoke to unique themes. Through monumental airbrush paintings, sophisticated Daoist screen prints, multimedia works, Hon re-wrote the rules with his sophisticated command of various materials, while also addressing the social and historical context of every text and tool he came across. In doing so, he created artwork that was radical in its vulnerability, as he unflinchingly addressed his emotional and romantic feelings in his work, which was as groundbreaking then as it is now.
Celebrated for his transgressing of artistic norms, Hon earned the respect of local curators, critics and scholars for his compositions that defied categorization. His inclusion of his personal poetry in his work, as well as voracious love of reading and calligraphy, also drew the attention of writers and poets, many of whom have written extensively about the literary aspect of his paintings. In many ways, the notion of modern art in this city is indelibly shaped by Hon’s voice and visual language, as he is cited in countless academic studies of Hong Kong art history.
心符 - 韓志勳的藝術 Secret Codes – The Art of Hon Chi-fun
Hong Kong Museum of Art 香港藝術館