The work shows Ha's unique style of ink painting which he developed in his later years of artistic career. It merges the abstraction in his art, the aleatoric elements of ink painting and the brush strokes of Chinese calligraphy. The sweeping strokes are exuberant executions of the abstract rhythms found in Chinese calligraphy. On the whole, geometric shapes morph into a rich image. The skillful composition of the image shows the artist's extraordinary aesthetic sense and comprehension of space.


  • Title: Have fun with ink (II)
  • Creator: Ha Bik-chuen
  • Creator Lifespan: 1925 - 2009
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Hong Kong
  • Creator Birth Place: China
  • Date: 2008
  • Theme: Abstract
  • Physical Dimensions: w89 x h173 cm
  • Artist Biography: Ha Bik-chuen (1925 - 2009) was born in the Xinhui District of Guangdong, China. He moved to Macau in 1949 and settled in Hong Kong in 1957. As a self-taught artist, Ha began practising art in the 1960s. He excelled in making sculptures, prints, ink art and mixed media works. He was the Founding President of the Hong Kong Sculpture Society, a member of the Hong Kong Visual Arts Society, the Hong Kong Sculptors Association and the Hong Kong Graphics Society. His works were presented in the "Contemporary Hong Kong Art Exhibitions" and "Contemporary Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibitions" at the Hong Kong Museum of Art from the 1960s to the 1980s, and in his retrospective exhibition "From Common to Uncommon - the Legend of Ha Bik-chuen" in 2011 at the Hong Kong Museum of Art. His works were also widely exhibited in Hong Kong, the USA, Poland, Norway and Yugoslavia. Ha received many awards including the "Award for Arts Achievement (Visual Arts)" (Hong Kong Arts Development Council, 2003) and the Outstanding Award" (10th National Exhibition of Fine Arts, China, 2004).
  • Type: Ink and colour on paper

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