Born in Guangzhou in 1945, Leung Kui Ting moved to Hong Kong with his family at the age of three. The young Leung worked as a carpenter but was most interested in art, especially painting. At 19 he practised Chinese painting under Lui Shou Kwan. Afterwards he studied graphic design under Wucius Wong at Chinese University’s School of Continuing Studies. In early 1976, Leung went to the United States to study western art, during which his understanding of different schools of art, such as Impressionism, was greatly deepened. From 1976 to 1989, he worked as a tutor at the Department of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic.
Leung Kui Ting has experimented with multiple artistic media and techniques since the 1960s, including Chinese ink, oil, woodcut and sculpture. Since the end of the 1980s, he has concentrated on using ink as his main medium of expression. In Leung’s landscape paintings, he put together concepts of tradition and modernity through combining traditional brushwork and geometric lines that symbolize the modern age. Leung does not see the manifestation of nature’s physical forms as the principal aim, but determines to show the landscapes in all their abstractness which defies description, a state of existence connected to the “Tao” in Chinese philosophy. In recent years, Leung has started incorporating installations into his paintings, forming three-dimensional spaces to explore the meaning of existence.
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