Fong So 方蘇

Fong So

Fong So is a journalist-turned artist living and working in Hong Kong. He was an editor of a current affairs magazine before turning to art. His works have been exhibited in Hong Kong, South Korea, the UK and the USA. Despite his training in traditional Chinese painting and the media of brush and ink, both the content and the genre of his work are obviously different from those of traditional Chinese painting. He also works with woodcut prints. His artworks are in the permanent collections of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Gwangju Art Museum in South Korea, and the British Museum.

Biography
1951 Born in Guangzhou, China.
1962 Moved to Hong Kong.
1963-69 Studied Chinese painting with Professor Chao Shao-ang, master of the Lingnan School.
1970-74 Studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
1974-78 Schoolteacher and the co-editor of a magazine for secondary schoolteachers.
1979-80 Worked for a publishing and book-selling company.
1981-98 Editor (1981) and later Managing Editor (1982-98) of The Nineties Monthly (The Seventies before 1984), a Chinese language current affairs magazine.
1985-96 Executive committee member of the Hong Kong Journalists Association (elected as vice-chairman for several terms).
1998 Turned from journalism to art.

Exhibitions
2000-01 City Life: Paintings by Fong So. University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong.
2001-02 Silence of the City (an international contemporary art exhibition of 16 artists). Gwangju Art Museum, South Korea.
2001-02 Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition 2001. Hong Kong Museum of Art.
2002-03 Hong Kong Cityscape: Ink Painting in Transition (an exhibition featuring the works of 21 Hong Kong artists). Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK; Hong Kong Museum of Art.
2003 City Life II: Hong Kong & Beyond (photographs by Hark Yeung and paintings by Fong So). Shatin Town Hall and Hong Kong Central Library.
2004 Hong Kong Kaleidoscope (a group show of six Hong Kong artists). Plum Blossoms (International) Limited, Hong Kong.
July 1 (paintings by Fong So). Fong & Yeung Studio, Hong Kong.
Tempering: SoHo + Little Monks (photographs by Hark Yeung and paintings by Fong So). Fong & Yeung Studio.
2004-05 Joy (linocut and woodcut prints). Fong & Yeung Studio.
2005 Magic City (installation of paintings and digital variations). Fong & Yeung Studio.
2007 HKSAR: 10 Years On (paintings by Fong So). Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong.
2008 A Realist’s Reality: An Exhibition of Fong So’s Paintings and Prints. Chung Chi College, the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
2009 Hong Kong.Water.Ink.Colour: Visual Arts Thematic Exhibition 08/09 (a group show presented by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council). Hong Kong Central Library.
My Family and My City: People and History (paintings and woodcuts; all portraits). Pacific Place, Queensway, Hong Kong.
2010 Hong Kong and Macau Visual Arts Exhibition (a group show hosted by the Cultural Ministry of the PRC and co-hosted by the Home Affairs Bureau of the HKSAR Government). Beijing, China.
2011 The Centenary of China’s 1911 Revolution (paintings and woodcut prints).
The University of Hong Kong (in association with the University’s 100th Anniversary);
Chung Chi College, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (in association with the College’s 60th Anniversary);
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (in association with the University’s 20th Anniversary).
2013 The World in the 25 Years after 1989 (the first lot of the series, containing nine woodcut prints). Fong & Yeung Studio.
Universal Suffrage Now (a group exhibition of the Comic Daemons). PubArt Gallery and Woofteen, Hong Kong.
2014 Draw the Line (a group exhibition of political cartoonists). The Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong.
2015 NYCLondonHK: a Three-city Trilogy (three parallel exhibitions from July to August 2015 showing photos by Hark Y and artworks by Fong So).
(1) Grand Central Library, New York;
(2) Mulberry Street Library, SoHo, New York;
(3) Westminster Reference Library, London.
2016 The Beauty of Asia (a travelling group exhibition featuring the works of artists based in Taiwan and the US, with two Hong Kong artists being invited in the show’s last stop). Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Are you bothered?! (June Fourth Exhibition of cartoons, featuring the works of seven artists, presented by Green Wave Art and the Centre for Community Cultural Development). Green Wave Art, Hong Kong.
Extending the Occupation (a group show to mark the second anniversary of the 2014 Occupy/Umbrella Movement, presented by Green Wave Art and the Centre for Community Cultural Development). Green Wave Art, Hong Kong.

Institutional Collection
University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong
“The Neglected”, from the series “City Life: Paintings by Fong So” (entered into the UMAG’s collection in 2001).

The University of Hong Kong
1. “Graduation”, from the series of “City Life” (acquired in 2001).
2. “Revisiting Hong Kong” and “The Big Bandits”, two woodcut prints from the series “The Centenary of China’s 1911 Revolution” (purchased by the University’s alumni and donated to the University in 2013).

Hong Kong Museum of Art
“Street Cat” and “Dying Game”, from the series “City Life” (purchased, 2001).

Chung Chi College, the Chinese University of Hong Kong
1. “Lunar New Year”, from the series “City Life” (purchased by the College’s alumni and donated to the College in 2001).
2. “1997: Year of the Buffalo”, from the series “HKSAR: 10 Years On” (purchased by the College’s alumni and donated to the College in 2008).
3. A complete set of 12 woodcut prints from the series “The Centenary of China’s 1911 Revolution” (purchased by the College’s alumni and donated to the College in 2011).

New Asia College, the Chinese University of Hong Kong
“Sharing a Table”, from the series “City Life” (purchased by the College’s alumni and donated to the College in 2001).

Gwangju Art Museum, Gwangju, South Korea
“Searching” and “Rush Hour”, from the series “City Life” (entered into the Museum’s collection in 2002).

Radio 71 (an Internet radio station in Hong Kong)
“!!!”, from the series “July 1” (purchased, 2004).

Civic Exchange (an independent think tank focusing on environmental issues and public policy in Hong Kong).
“Water”, from the series “The Young Ones/City Life II: Hong Kong and Beyond” (gift, 2009).

WYNG Foundation (an organization promoting public awareness on environmental issues in Hong Kong).
1. “The Wall” and “The Four Laureates”, two woodcut prints from the series “The World in the 25 Years after 1989” (purchased, 2013).
2. “Living On-line” and “The Great Firewall”, two woodcut prints from the series “The World in the 25 Years after 1989” (purchased, 2014).
3. “Hand Gestures”, woodcut print (gift, 2015).

American Civil Liberties Union
“The Leakers”, a woodcut print from the series “The World in the 25 Years after 1989” (gift, 2015).

The British Museum, United Kingdom
“Umbrella Sketches”, 146 sketches documenting the 2014 Umbrella Movement (Occupy Central) in Hong Kong (entered into the Museum’s collection in 2016).

Publications
City Life: Paintings by Fong So. University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, 2000.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition “City Life”, hosted by the University Museum.

City Life II: Hong Kong & Beyond (by Hark Yeung and Fong So). Hong Kong: Fong & Yeung Studio, 2003.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition “City Life II: Hong Kong & Beyond”, an exhibition of Hark Yeung’s photographs and Fong So’s paintings and prints.

HKSAR: 10 Years On (Paintings by Fong So). Hong Kong: Fong & Yeung Studio, 2007.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition “HKSAR: 10 Years On” during Hong Kong’s handover anniversary.

My Family and My City: People and History (Paintings and woodcuts by Fong So). Hong Kong: Fong & Yeung Studio, 2009.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition “My Family and My City: People and History”, an exhibition of the portraits of the artist’s family and friends.

The Centenary of China’s 1911 Revolution (Paintings and woodcut prints by Fong So). Hong Kong: Fong & Yeung Studio, 2011.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition “The Centenary of China’s 1911 Revolution” at three universities in Hong Kong.

Umbrella Sketches. Hong Kong: Fong & Yeung Studio, 2014.
An album of 139 sketches documenting Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement (Occupy Central) in 2014. An Amazon e-book of the same title was published in June 2015 with four more sketches added.

Blog: fongso.blogspot.com

Media Reports
(Not a comprehensive list.)

“Moving beyond rush hour”, by Victoria Finlay, in The South China Morning Post (24 November 2000).

Feature articles about the 2000-01 exhibition “City Life: Paintings by Fong So” appeared in local Chinese language newspapers (Ming Pao, Hong Kong Economic Times) and magazines (Hong Kong Economic Journal [monthly], Next Magazine [weekly], Ming Pao Weekly).

TV interviews by RTHK (Radio Television Hong Kong), TVB (Television Broadcasts Ltd) and ATV (Asia Television Ltd) for the 2000-01 exhibition “City Life”.

The 2001-02 exhibition “Silence of the City” (16 artists from eight countries were invited, Gwangju Art Museum, South Korea) was reported in some Korean newspapers.

A feature article introducing the works of 21 artists in the exhibition catalogue of the 2002 exhibition “Hong Kong Cityscapes: Ink Painting in Transition” (held at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; presented by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London, and the Hong Kong Museum of Art).

“Fong So’s world”, by Edith Terry, in The South China Morning Post (10 July 2003).

“Hong Kong visual artists look beneath the mask of SARS”, by Thomas Crampton, in International Herald Tribune (12-13 July 2003).

Interview by CTV (Hong Kong Cable Television Ltd) for the 2003 exhibition “City Life II: Hong Kong and Beyond” (July 2003).

“A feeling of roots”, by Leo O F Lee (catalogue essay for the 2003 exhibition “City Life II: Hong Kong and Beyond”); the Chinese translation of Professor Lee’s article was published in the Hong Kong Economic Journal (15 August 2003).

“Of politics and paints of view” (news report on the exhibition of Fong So’s “July 1” series), by Joyce H C Lau, in The South China Morning Post (4 July 2004).

“Painting fate with brush and ink”, by Hark Yeung, in a Chinese language magazine Mingpao Monthly (March 2007).

“It’s also an event in celebration of the decade”, by Tsui Sio-ming (an article written for the 2007 exhibition “HKSAR: 10 Years On”), in a Chinese language newspaper Metro Daily (4 July 2007).

“Betraying his apprenticeship and going beyond journalism”, an interview by Chan Lai Kuen for a local Chinese language newspaper the Hong Kong Economic Journal (7 May 2008).

“Tracing history”, by Joseph M Chan (catalogue essay for the 2009 exhibition “My Family and My City: History and People”); the edited version of Professor Chan’s article was published by Ming Pao (5 November 2009).

Banner portrait of China’s dissident Liu Xiaobo (painted for the New Year’s Day march of 2011 in Hong Kong), photos appeared in The South China Morning Post (1 January 2010) and Financial Times (2 January 2010).

“Fong So: a post-1950 who supports the post-1980s”, by Norman Choy, in a local Chinese language newspaper Apple Daily (6 January 2010).

“Connecting Hong Kong and China to the World”, by Hung Ching-tin (an article written for the 2011 exhibition “The Centenary of China’s 1911 Revolution”), in the Hong Kong Economic Journal (8 September 2011).

Featured in a TV documentary produced by TVB (Television Broadcasts Ltd) to mark the centenary of China’s 1911 Revolution (September 2011).

“The Centenary of China’s 1911 Revolution: the role played by Hong Kong”, illustrations by Fong So and text by Hung Ching-tin, in Ming Pao (20 September 2011).

“The Centenary of China’s 1911 Revolution: Fong So’s woodcuts”, feature article in Joyful Youth, a publication for young readers published by the Hong Kong Catholic Diocesan Centre (23 October 2011).

 

方蘇

方蘇原為新聞工作者,曾任時事刊物編輯十八年,現從事繪畫,作品曾在香港、韓國、英國及美國展出。他作畫採用傳統國畫的筆墨和工具,但題材和風格明顯地有異於傳統。繪畫之外,他也製作木刻版畫。他的作品現為香港藝術館、南韓光州美術館及大英博物館等機構收藏。

 

簡歷

1951    生於廣州。

1962    移居香港。

1963-69  跟隨嶺南派畫家趙少昂教授學畫。

1970-74  就讀於香港中文大學。

1974-78  任職教師,兼爲一本中學教師刊物擔任編輯。

1979-80  在圖書公司負責出版及經銷。

1981-98  擔任時事刊物《九十年代》月刊(原名《七十年代》)編輯(1981年),1982至98年爲執行編輯。

1985-96  香港記者協會執行委員會委員(其中數屆當選爲副主席)。

1998-    重新繪畫。

 

展覽

2000/01   《城市生活:方蘇繪畫》 香港大學美術博物館

2001/02   《城市的靜默》(國際性藝展,16位藝術家參展) 南韓光州市立美術館

《香港藝術雙年展2001》 香港藝術館

2002/03   《香港風情:水墨變奏》(展出21位香港畫家的作品) 英國倫敦大學東方及非洲研究學院布奈展覽廳;香港藝術館

2003   《城市生活II:香港内外》(黑楊攝影及方蘇繪畫) 沙田大會堂及香港中央圖書館

2004   《香港萬花筒》(展出六位香港畫家的作品) 香港萬玉堂

《七一》(方蘇繪畫) 楊方創作室,香港

《煉:蘇荷+童僧》(黑楊攝影及方蘇繪畫) 楊方創作室

2004/05   《樂》(版畫) 楊方創作室

2005   《奇幻都會》(繪畫及數碼裝置)楊方創作室

2007   《特區十年:方蘇繪畫》香港外國記者會

2008   《本色酣舒紙墨中:方蘇設色水墨及版畫展》香港中文大學崇基學院

2009   《香港‧水‧墨‧色:視藝掇英專題展覽08/09》(香港藝術發展局主辦的聯展)香港中央圖書館

《我家我城:人與歷史》(繪畫及木刻,真人畫像) 香港太古廣場

2010   《港澳視覺藝術展》(聯展,中華人民共和國文化部主辦,香港特別行政區政府民政事務局協辦)北京中華世紀壇世界藝術館

2011  《辛亥百年現代路》(繪畫及木刻版畫)

(1) 香港大學(一百周年校慶);

(2) 香港中文大學崇基學院(六十周年校慶);

(3) 香港科技大學(二十周年校慶)

2013  《1989以來的廿五年》(第一輯木刻版畫九張) 楊方創作室

《漫人迷普選》(「漫畫刁民」聯展)香港PubArt Gallery及九龍活化廳

2014  《劃清界線》(政治漫畫聯展)香港外國記者會

2015   NYCLondonHK: a Three-city Trilogy《紐倫港:三城組曲》

(黑楊攝影及方蘇畫作)7至8月於紐約及倫敦三個圖書館同步展出

  • Grand Central Library, New York
  • Mulberry Street Library, SoHo, New York
  • Westminster Reference Library, London

三展中方蘇的展品:展場(1)及(3)主題是「香港是世界都會或僅是個中國城市?」,展場(2) 主題是「我的香港蘇荷畫史」。

2016  《亞洲之美》(一個巡迴美展的最後一站,展出一群居美及台灣藝術家的畫作,香港站邀約两名香港藝術家參展)香港科技大學

《仲講呢啲?!》(六四漫畫展,碧波押及社區文化發展中心主辦,展出七名藝術家的作品)香港碧波押

《佔領相連展》(佔領[2014雨傘運動]二週年群展,碧波押及社區文化發展中心主辦)香港碧波押

 

機構收藏

香港大學美術博物館

「遺忘」:選自「城市生活」系列 (2001年選藏)

 

香港大學

(1)「畢業」:選自「城市生活」系列 (2001年購藏)

(2)版畫「重訪香港」及「大寇」:選自「辛亥百年現代路」系列  (2013年由港大校友購贈)

 

香港藝術館

「街貓」及「終局」:選自「城市生活」系列 (2001年購藏)

 

香港中文大學崇基學院

(1)「年」:選自「城市生活」系列 (2001年由崇基校友購贈)

(2)「1997,牛年」:選自「特區十年」系列 (2008年由崇基校友購贈)

(3)「辛亥百年現代路」系列之版畫一套共十二張 (2011年由崇基校友購贈)

 

香港中文大學新亞書院

「搭枱」: 選自「城市生活」系列  (2001年由新亞校友購贈)

 

南韓光州市立美術館

「覓」及「繁忙時間」: 選自「城市生活」系列 (2002年選藏)

 

Radio 71 (香港一個網上電台)

「!!!」: 選自「七一」系列 (2004年購藏)

 

思匯政策研究中心 (一個研究香港環境及公共政策的獨立智庫)

「水」: 選自「城市生活II:香港內外」之「下一代」系列 (2009年選贈)

 

WYNG Foundation (一個致力保護環境及推動公眾關注的基金會)

(1)版畫「圍牆」及「四個得獎人」:選自「1989以來的廿五年」系列 (2013年購藏)

(2)版畫「網上世界」及「火牆」:選自「1989以來的廿五年」系列 (2014年購藏)

(3)版畫「手勢」(2015年選贈)

 

國‧American Civil Liberties Union

「洩密者」:選自「1989以來的廿五年」系列 (2015年選贈)

 

英國‧大英博物館

「雨傘速寫」:2014年香港佔領運動的速寫共146張 (2016年入藏)

 

出版物

《城市生活:方蘇繪畫 》香港大學美術博物館出版,2000年。

畫册由香港大學美術博物館出版,配合該館2000年主辦、名為「城市生活:方蘇繪畫」的展覽。

 

《城市生活II:香港內外 》(黑楊攝影 + 方蘇繪畫)  香港:楊方創作室, 2003年。

配合2003年名為「城市生活II:香港內外」的展覽。

 

《特區十年 》(方蘇繪畫)  香港:楊方創作室,2007年。

配合名為「特區十年」的展覽。

 

《我家我城:人與歷史》(方蘇繪畫及木刻)   香港:楊方創作室,2009年。

配合名為「我家我城:人與歷史」的展覽,展品全為真人畫像。

 

《辛亥百年現代路》(方蘇繪畫及木刻版畫)   香港:楊方創作室,2011年。

畫册由楊方創作室出版(附光碟),配合2011年「辛亥百年現代路」的展覽。此次展覽由香港三大學府提供展場。

 

雨傘速寫(畫册) 香港:楊方創作室,2014年。

收錄2014年香港佔領運動的速寫139張,附説明,英文版。2015年6月Amazon電子版增補圖片四張。

 

網誌:fongso.blogspot.com

 

傳媒報導

(未盡錄載)

“Moving beyond rush hour”, by Victoria Finlay, 英文《南華早報》(「城市生活:方蘇繪畫」展覽期間的報導 ) (2000年11月24日) 。

 

2000/01年「城市生活:方蘇繪畫」展覽期間,香港多份中文報刊有特寫報導 (見《明報》、《信報》、《經濟日報》、《明報周刊》、《壹週刊》及《信報月刊》)。

 

2000/01年「城市生活:方蘇繪畫」展覽期間,香港電台電視部、香港電視廣播有限公司 (無線電視) 及亞洲電視曾作訪問。

 

2001/02年南韓光州市立美術館主辦展覽,題為“Silence of the City”,邀約十多名各國藝術家參展,南韓報章曾有報導。

 

2002年香港駐倫敦經貿辦事處及香港藝術館主辦名為「香港風情‧水墨變奏」的展覽,有特刊專文介紹21個畫家的作品。

 

“Fong So’s world”, by Edith Terry, 英文《南華早報》 (2003年7月10日)。

 

“Hong Kong visual artists look beneath the mask of SARS”, by Thomas Crampton, 《國際先驅論壇報》(2003年7月12-13日)。

 

2003年「城市生活II:香港內外」展覽期間,香港有線電視曾作訪問。

 

李歐梵教授為「城市生活II:香港內外」撰寫的專文,中譯本「根的情懷」於《信報》(2003年8月15日) 刊載。

 

“Of politics and paints of view”, by Joyce H C Lau, (方蘇「七一」系列展出期間的報導) 英文《南華早報》 (2004年7月4日)。

 

黑楊:「用筆墨繪畫命運」,刊於《明報月刊》2007年3 月號。

 

崔少明:「也是十年慶典」,《都市日報》2007年7月4日「香江人語」專欄。

 

陳麗娟:「背叛出身‧超越時事」,《信報》2008年5月7日文化版 (兩個作畫人的對話) 。

 

陳韜文:「方蘇‧為歷史留痕」 (2009年「我家我城:人與歷史」展覽畫册之專文) ,删節本刊於《明報》2009年11 月5日副刊世紀版。

 

劉曉波的布本畫像 (為2010年元旦大遊行繪製):照片見2010年1月1日英文《南華早報》及2010年1月2日《金融時報》。

 

「50後方蘇:80後勇氣可嘉」,《蘋果日報》2010年1月6日。

 

洪清田:「貫通中港與世界的畫展」 (「辛亥百年現代路」展出的特稿),《信報》2011年9月8日。

 

「辛亥百年」,無線電視製作的新聞特寫 (2011年9月)。

 

「辛亥百年‧為香港添一筆:方蘇水墨木刻版畫創作」(畫:方蘇/文:洪清田),《明報》2011年9月20 日副刊文化版。

 

「回顧辛亥革命一百年:方蘇木刻版畫系列」,天主教香港教區發刊之《喜樂少年》2011/12年度第6期(10月23日)。