In the past hundreds years Guangdong has been a prosperous and highly civilized province in China. There have been many scholars and artists in Guangdong. Only those who have taught me or those who have taught my teacher Mr Ip are mentioned on this page.

 

Li Fenggong (李鳳公) (1884 – 1967) was a native of Dong Guan, Guangdong (廣東東莞). He learnt painting from his father in his early age, and at the same time he studied the techniques of Western painting. Li taught painting at Guangzhou Municipal Art School (廣州市立美術學校) and other institutions in Guangzhou (廣州).

Li Fenggong, Orange Daylily (萱草), 1962, ink and watercolour on paper, 24 x 36 cm.

 

 

Zhang Hong (張虹) also known as Zhang Guchao (張谷雛) (1891-1968)(from another source 1894-1965) was a native of Shunde Guangdong (廣東順德). He travelled widely in China especially in Lushan (廬山) getting inspirations for his landscape painting. He was also a connoisseur and a collector of Calligraphy, paintings, jade, Buddhist statues and other antiques.

Zhang Guchao Landscape painting after the style of Wang Meng (王蒙), ink and watercolour on paper, 34 x 57 cm

 

 

Feng Xiangbi (馮緗碧) (1896—1974) was a native of Heshan Guangdong (廣東鹤山). He practised traditional landscape painting technique but he painted from real landscape. Feng taught at Guangzhou Municipal Art School (廣州市立美術學校). He once lived in Hong Kong and Macau during 1940s.

Feng Xiangbi, 1942, Untitled, ink and watercolour on paper, 74 x 23.2 cm

 

 

Li Yanshan (李研山) (1898-1961) was a native of Xinhui, Guangdong (廣東新會). He learned and excelled in Classical Chinese, painting and calligraphy since childhood. Li studied Law at Beijing University and served in the government as a judge in Guangzhou. From 1932-1936 he was the Headmaster of Guangzhou Municipal Art School (廣州市立美術學校). He trained many fine artists. Li migrated to Hong Kong around 1945 and was active in fine art activities. In 1959 he was hired as the Head of Fine Art Faculty at Wah Kiu College (華僑書院). Li left many masterpieces. They are kept in world-class museums, art galleries or private collections.

Li Yanshan Hermit in a Mountain with Streams (溪山高隱), 1960, ink on paper,  118 x 45 cm

 

Huang Chunpi (黄君璧) (1898-1991) was a native of Nanhai, Guangdong (廣東南海). Professor Huang excelled in painting landscapes, particularly clouds, streams and waterfalls. He taught at Guangzhou Municipal College of Art (廣州市立美術學校), National Central University (國立中央大學), Taiwan Normal University (臺灣師範大學) and his own Baiyun Studio (白雲堂). He has educated many artists and made great contributions to Chinese fine art.

Huang Chunpi Chanting Leisurely Before The Waterfalls (閒吟飛瀑), 1972, ink and watercolour on paper, 99 x 177 cm

 

 

Chen Tinglan (陳汀蘭) was born in 1918 (戊午年). He graduated from Guangzhou Municipal College of Art (廣州市立美術學校) when Li Yanshan (李硏山) was the Headmaster from 1932-1936. Around 1940 Chen went to Tsankiang (湛江) and taught at a local secondary school. During 1943 to 1945 Chen reunited and furthered his studies with Li in Tsankiang. In 1945 Chen migrated to Hong Kong and again reunited with Li. In 1959 Chen was hired as the Professor of Painting in Wah Kiu College (華僑書院). He went missing around 1960.

Chen Tinglan, Untitled, ink and watercolour on silk, 22 x 44 cm

 

 

Ip Chit Hoo (葉哲豪) was born in 1918 in Nanhai province, Guangdong. He graduated in 1938 from Guangzhou Municipal Art School (廣州市立美術學校). He later lived in Vietnam . Ip came to Hong Kong in 1948 and taught fine art in schools. He is still living in Hong Kong.

Ip Chit Hoo Myriad Strange Peaks in Yellow Mountain (黃山萬壑盡奇峯), 1992, ink and watercolour on paper, 136 x 210 cm

 

 

Chiu Soong-ngar (趙崇雅), also known as Chiu Sin-kee (趙善淇) (1919 – 2015) was a native of Xīn Hu, Guangdong (廣東, 新會). He loved writing Chinese poems and Chinese painting since his childhood. He learnt Chinese painting with Mr Li Fenggong (李鳳公).

Chiu Soong-ngar Clear Pond and Studio in Misty Rain (清潭雨齋), 1982, ink and watercolour on paper, 65 x 24.5 cm

 

 

Leung Sze-Chiu (梁士釗) was born and educated in Hong Kong. After he retired in 1987, he moved to Sydney, Australia. Leung has been painting and practising Chinese calligraphy for over 50 years. He transformed traditional Chinese painting into his own contemporary style. The subject matters range from the more traditional peonies to Australian flora and fauna. Leung also excels in cursive writing. He has held solo exhibitions in Hong Kong, Toronto, New York, Sydney and many other major cities.

Leung Sze-Chiu Long Time Dependence (長相依), 2008, ink and watercolour on paper, 49 x 45.5 cm

 

Chow Korn Chuen (周幹全) was born in 1942. He is a native of Dongguan, Guangdong (廣東省東莞縣). Chow studied with Szeto Kei (司徒奇) and Chan Hing Hung (陳荊鴻). He spent most his early years in Hong Kong and migrated to Australia. Chow excels in flower and bird painting. He now lives in Sydney and he teaches painting and calligraphy at Chinese Cultural Centre in Chatswood.

Chow Korn Chuen Narcissus (水仙), 2010, ink and watercolour on paper, 32.5 x 62 cm

 

Yu  Jinlan (余金蘭), no information about her except her paintings were donated to a charity shop in NSW, Australia around 2011. She might have lived in Hong Kong.

Yu Jinlan Bird Looking over The Cool Autumn Water (秋江冷豔), ink and watercolour on silk, 66 x 30 cm

 

Bibliography:

鄭春霆 (1987) 嶺南近代畫人傳略 廣雅社

陳冠文 (1987) 太乙樓所蔵近代名家画集  九華堂

Li Yun-ho 李允鉌 ( 1975) Li Yen-Shan – his paintings, calligraphy and poems 李研山晋書畫集  Oriental Culture Publishers, H.K. 東方文物圖籍出版社

鄧海超 (2011) A Passion for Tradition – The Art of Li Yanshan 抗心希古 李研山的藝術 , The Hong Kong Museum of Art, The Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Hong Kong. ISBN 978-962-215-228-1

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