Photographer Derry Ainsworth, Chao Chung-hsiang@Alisan Fine Arts & in the studio: guitarist & singer Ram Cheung
Hong Kong’s skyline, dominated by high rises and skyscrapers, is one of the most iconic in the world, particularly when night falls and vivid neon colours the streets.
For Derry Ainsworth, who arrived here in 2014, the city’s visual appeal was a major factor in persuading him to move out of his planned career in architecture and to take up photography.
In the 20th century, many pioneering Chinese artists spent at least part of their career studying abroad, from Lin Fengmian, Xu Beihong, and Sanyu in the 1920s to Zao Wou-ki, Wu Guanzhong and Chu The-chun in the 1940s and 1950s. The influence of the insights and experiences gained there on Chinese painting and sculpture was significant.
Among those artists was Chao Chung-hsiang. Chao went to study in Spain in 1956, settling in New York two years later, and living there for most of the rest of his life. He merged influences from Western styles such as Abstract Expressionism, Cubism and Action Painting, with those of classical Chinese painting. His subjects range from flowers, fish, birds, to the cosmos and the purely abstract. On show at Alisan Fine Arts until June, “Rediscovering Chao Chung-hsiang” is the gallery’s ninth solo exhibition of the artist.
Last year, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department launched an online jazz programme, “Jazz Composers’ Lab” featuring jazz guitarist, composer and producer Alan Kwan. In the programme, Kwan invited musicians to talk about different jazz styles, approaches, and music appreciation. The programme is now back for a second series with 12 online episodes. This time, Kwan spoke to five musicians and a band. One of those musicians is blues guitarist and singer Ram Cheung.