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Porcelain and Painting

1/F Chao Shao-an Gallery
9 February 2018 – 19 November 2018

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Organised by Hong Kong Heritage Museum

Friendship is the close relation between two persons as determined by time and place. The close friendship of Chao Shao-an and Yang Shanshen, two masters of the Lingnan School of painting, brought about not only the meeting of minds but also led to the creation of interesting works of art.

Both Chao and Yang settled in Hong Kong in the 1940s, and they often met together in the Lingnan Art Studio, and they have spent their leisure and created joint paintings. When they made friends with the owner of the Yuet Tung China Works, Tso Wing-shui, they tried their hands at painting on porcelain using their own artistic style. This exhibition features their joint works on paper and on porcelain, selected from private collections which remain lesser known. Visitors will see how the two masters carried out their artistic dialogue in these works, and how they brought their own signature style from works on paper into works on porcelain.

Exhibition booklet (Part 1) (Part 2)

Exhibit Highlights

Prawn

Painted by Yang Shanshen
1963
Dish, enamels on porcelain
Private Collection

Prawn

 

Coconut and Vine

Coconut and Vine

Painted by Chao Shao-an and Yang Shanshen
1954
Ink and colour on paper
Private Collection

 

The Scent of Peony

Painted by Chao Shao-an
Not dated
Dish, enamels on porcelain
Hong Kong Heritage Museum collection

The Scent of Peony

 

Pomegranate

Pomegranate

Painted byChao Shao-an
1970
Dish, enamels on porcelain
Hong Kong Heritage Museum collection

 

Insect in moonlight

Painted Chao Shao-an and Yang Shanshen
Not dated
Dish, enamels on porcelain
Hong Kong Heritage Museum collection

Insect in moonlight

 

Willow and Two Pigeons

Willow and Two Pigeons

Painted by Chao Shao-an and Yang Shanshen
1954
Ink and colour on paper
Private Collection

 

Cat and Butterfly

Painted by Chao Shao-an and Yang Shanshen
1954
Ink and colour on paper
Private Collection

Cat and Butterfly