Wandering Colours and Light • Solo Exhibition of Nancy Chu Woo
Nancy Chu Woo is one of the most prominent female artists in Hong Kong.
She mixes ink with gouache to create unique paintings of splashed ink landscapes, semi-abstract nudes, and still-lifes in dazzling colours.
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Nancy Chu Woo is one of the most prominent female artists in Hong Kong. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Cornell University in 1963 and Master of Arts degree from Columbia University in 1964. She has also mastered traditional Chinese ink and brush techniques during her study under Lingnan School masters Zhao Shao'ang and Yang Shanshen. This inspired her to develop her own unique style of splashed ink landscapes, nudes, and still-lifes, in which she mixes ink with gouache colours to create brilliant, semi-abstract compositions.
Exhibition Curator Pan Qing describes her work as a combination of traditions of East and West to achieve a unique “degree of richness and beauty, a level that others dreamed of but failed to reach. The result: dazzling sceneries.”
Nancy Chu Woo often draws human figures and landscapes as well. In the images painted by charcoal sticks, the back of a woman, the fruits, and the vegetables are all well-defined, accurate and beautiful. Nancy’s works provide a dynamic perception and spiritual vitality that reveal such powerful tension of masculinity and femininity.
Her work is foremost an expression of her inner being and her understandings of the two great artistic traditions, which transcend a deliberate merge of Eastern and Western materials and techniques, presenting both a panoramic view and a close-up observation of the two worlds.
Nancy Chu Woo has held important solo exhibitions at Guangzhou Museum of Art, Shanghai Art Museum, the Parliament House in Ottawa, Canada, and the University Museum and Art Gallery at the University of Hong Kong. Her works are collected by Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the University of Hong Kong, and Guangzhou Museum of Art.