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Porcelain and Painting

1/F Chao Shao-an Gallery
Phase I: 9 February 2018 – 3 September 2018
Phase II: 8 September 2018 – 23 September 2019

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

Rose and Evergreen

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

Rose and Evergreen

 

Two Goldfishes

Two Goldfishes

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

 

Prawn

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

Prawn

 

The Scent of Peony

The Scent of Peony

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

 

Pomegranate

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

Pomegranate

 

Insect in moonlight

Insect in moonlight

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

 

Dragonflies in the Grass

Painted by Yang Shanshen
Not dated
Fan-shaped plaque, enamels on porcelain
Collection of Hong Kong Heritage Museum

Dragonflies in the Grass

 

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

Painted by Chao Shao-an
1963
Dish, enamels on porcelain
Collection of Hong Kong Heritage Museum

 

Bird on a Reed

Painted by Chao Shao-an and Yang
Shanshen
Not dated
Ink and colour on paper
Private Collection

Bird on a Reed

 

Mantis on Grass

Mantis on Grass

Painted by Chao Shao-an
1970
Plaque, enamels on porcelain
Collection of Hong Kong Heritage Museum

 

Mantis

Painted by Chao Shao-an
1963
Dish, enamels on porcelain
Collection of Hong Kong Heritage Museum

Mantis