Artists are storytellers. Most tells a straight forward narrative and some uses symbolism or abstraction to illustrate an important point. Occasionally we see artist leaves his work open for interpretations. Few would employ metaphors to connect with the audience while others create visual analogy to transfer meaning from a particular subject to another. It is this last group that presents, in my opinion, the most thought-provoking work.

The newest collection by Hong Kong artist Chui Pui-chee belongs to this group. Embracing fatherhood, Chu's creative journey is naturally filled with episodes of everyday life with his children. Thus reading a bedtime story takes on centre stage. From Le Petit Prince, Cinderella to Zhong Kui and Lady Chou Heung, the range of characters from vastly different culture all acted out, infusing the young mind and transforming into lasting childhood memories.  

Chui's painting by root is a visual analogy, taken form in parable or fable, telling an entertaining story to illustrate a moral lesson. The attribution of human traits, emotions or intentions to non-human entities is an innate tendency of our psychology. Like his well-known calligraphy or mosquitoes paintings, Chui's new works focus on this important anthropomorphism. So where lies the moral lesson? Beyond the confluence of Chinese and Western classics, Chui's new works indeed project a contemporary sentiment on our moral evolution. This new collection teaches and prepares not only Chui's children for the world we live in; through a lighter touch of mockery and cynicism, reflects this warped social reality that demands our urgent attention.

Henry Au-yeung
April 2018





About The Artist:

CHUI Pui-chee

Born in 1980, Dr Chui apprenticed under Mr. Jat See-yeu and Professor Wang Dong-ling. After having graduated from Queen's College, Hong Kong in 1999, Chui took his first degree at the Department of Fine Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He furthered his postgraduate studies at the Department of Chinese Calligraphy, China Academy of Art, where he obtained his Master of Arts and Doctoral Degrees in 2007 and 2010 respectively. The artist lectured Calligraphy Courses at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Chui also served as the Honorary Advisor and programme coordinator at the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, CUHK. Chui worked at The Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy Department of China Guardian (HK) Auctions Co., Ltd. from 2015-2017. Chui is an executive member of The Jiazi Society of Calligraphy and Friends of Shizhai and a research fellow of Modern Calligraphy Research Center of China Academy of Art. Chui's artworks are collected by the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology of University of Oxford and are popular among private collectors.



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Size: 21.6 x 27.9cm | 60 colour pages | Biligual | Softcover | Published by Grotto Fine Art Ltd. 2018


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