Episode- Wesley Tongson: The Journey
Guest Curator: Catherine Maudsley
Friday, October 12, 2018
CCC Visual Art Center
750 Kearny St., 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
“A pioneer and an experimenter beyond his time.”
---Abby Chen, CCC Artistic Director
"Wesley Tongson: The Journey" presents the artistic development and journey of the significant Hong Kong ink artist. This highlight in CCC's fall season will exhibit 23 works, some never before seen.
The exhibit, "Wesley Tongson: The Journey" marks the artist’s first solo exhibition in the US in over two decades. Increasingly recognized as an important ink artist, Tongson created emotionally communicative art. In his later “finger painting” works, Tongson abandons the brush and paints directly with his fingers and fingernails, creating powerful pieces. This highlight in CCC’s fall programming honors the artist’s poignant legacy and career, offering a look at a master in the making.
"Tongson expresses a deep longing for artistic freedom not bound by set rules or traditions."
David Ho Yeung Chan, independent curator
"Tongson pioneered new experimental forms of expression in ink, most notably in his non-brush painting techniques."
Tina Pang, Curator, M+
About Artist Wesley Tongson
Born in Hong Kong in 1957, Wesley Tongson began painting when he was 17. He studied with Madame Gu Qingyao, Harold Wong (a distinguished connoisseur, painter and ink expert) and Liu Guosong. From 1995 until his death in 2012, Tongson formed his own style of finger and fingernail painting, a rare development in the contemporary ink movement. His diagnosis of schizophrenia, together with a fervent commitment to Zen spiritual principles, shaped his bold artistic vision and his life. Tongson's works were shown to acclaim at solo exhibitions during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s in Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States. Significant group showings included ‘Modern Chinese Paintings by Five Artists’ at Hong Kong’s City Hall in 1988, ‘New Trends – Art Hong Kong’ in 1994 and Art Asia in 1995. His works are in public and private collections in Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom and United States.
About Guest Curator Catherine Maudsley
Catherine Maudsley is a Hong Kong-based art historian, art advisor, curator, educator and writer. She has lectured for global forums and a wide range of institutions, including the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Hong Kong; the HKU Space Executive Programme with Art Basel and Central Saint Martin’s; Hong Kong Art School; Christie’s Education; Sotheby’s Institute of Art and UBS Art Education Series. Maudsley has acted as a moderator for the Asia Society, Christie’s Forum, L’ECOLE Van Cleef & Arpels and many others. Maudsley has published widely, including Arts of Asia, the Asian Art Newspaper, Orientations and has contributed to and edited a number of art related books.
The recipient of over twenty awards for exceptional achievement, she was a Connaught Research Scholar at the University of Toronto, a Canada-China Scholar at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing and a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Hong Kong. She has served on the Executive Committees of the University of Hong Kong Museum Society, and the Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong and is a Hong Kong Art School Council Member.
"Wesley Tongson: The Journey" are part of CCC’s ongoing Episode exhibition series that engages guest curators, collectors, artists, and community organizations in the presentation of a broad view of diverse works in Chinese culture and art.
Image credit: Wesley Tongson, Plum 5, ink on paper, 2011.
Red Plums Over the Earth, ink and color on board, 1993.
The Light, ink and color on board, 1992.
皆式睞佛陀之神通，亮目藏中, ink on paper, 2011.