Kan's works may well be described as the spirit of Chinese culture manifested through modern design concepts, as seen here in this abstract 'landscape' painting. The void (xubai) takes up a major proportion of the composition as the traditional Chinese landscape painted with bold, sweeping brushworks is shown through the carefully arranged mist and clouds. The whole image would transform into a calligraphy if one steps back to view it from a distance.The brushstrokes are lyrically conveying a sense of rhythm. Following the path of each stroke, one can almost feel the artist's performance of "Tai-chi" with the brush.


  • Title: Mountain in mind, water in mind
  • Creator: Kan Tai-keung
  • Creator Lifespan: 1942
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Birth Place: Guangdong, China
  • Date Created: 2010
  • Theme: Calligraphy, Landscape
  • Physical Dimensions: w198 x h135 cm
  • Artist's Biography: Born in Guangdong, China, Kan settled in Hong Kong in 1957 where he became a tailor. After taking a design course at the Department of Extramural Studies of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, he began his career in design in 1967. He was an Honorary Professor at the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic, and was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Design degree by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2005. Kan has won hundreds of international prizes, including the "New York Creative Merit Awards" and "Asian Advertising Awards" (1991 and 1994). Local accolades include "The Hong Kong Ten Outstanding Young Persons" (1979), "Urban Design Awards" (1984), "The Artist of the Year Award of the Hong Kong Designers" (1991) and "The Bronze Bauhinia Star" (Hong Kong SAR Government, 1999), etc.
  • Type: Ink on paper

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