Dr. Koon Wai Bong

Assistant Professor
Ink Painting

Koon Wai Bong received his B.A. and M.F.A. from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and his D.F.A. from the RMIT University. Koon attained “Rising Artist Award” in 2003, the “Merit” from the “National Exhibition of Arts, China” in 2004, and ‘Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Award’ in 2009. In addition, he joined the “International Ink Painting Biennial of Shenzhen” in 2010, “Taipei International Modern Ink Painting Biennial” in 2012, and the “New Ink” exhibition at the Sotheby’s Gallery in 2013, and the Chinese Contemporary Ink at The James Christie Room in 2014.

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Besides, he held the TRANSpose as a solo show at The Museum of East Asian Art, UK in 2013, and widely exhibited his artworks in museums, galleries and art fairs across Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, US, UK, Germany and Singapore. His artwork has been garnered by galleries, museums, art organisations and private collections such as M+, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Wharf Group in Hong Kong, J. Safra Sarasin Group in Singapore, Ben Brown Fine Arts and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.

 

Creative: Chinese art, ink painting, ink art, contemporary Chinese art

Research: Hong Kong ink painting

Solo Exhibitions

In the Breeze: Koon Wai Bong Solo Exhibition, Asia Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan, 14 October to 19 November 2017 [by invitation]

Koon Wai Bong: Now & Then, Grotto Fine Art, Hong Kong, China, 16 October to 9 November 2013 [by invitation]

MINDSCAPE: Koon Wai Bong, AO Vertical Art Space, Hong Kong, China, 27 September to 23 November 2013 [by invitation]

TRANSpose: Contemporary Ink Paintings by Koon Wai Bong, Museum of East Asian Art, Bath, United Kingdom, 26 January to 30 June 2013 [by invitation]

Sauntering around…: Chinese Paintings by Koon Wai Bong, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China, 22 to 30 September 2011 [D.F.A graduation exhibition]

Koon Wai Bong — Picturing Mountains and Streams, Grotto Fine Art, Hong Kong, China, 7 to 30 September 2011 [by invitation]

Guohua: A Contemporary Interpretation, Blue Lotus Gallery, Hong Kong, China, 7 November to 18 December 2010 [by invitation]

Past Becomes Present: A Solo Exhibition of Chinese Painting by Koon Wai Bong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, China, 27 October to 8 November 2009 [by invitation]

Koon Wai Bong: Reworking the Classics, Blue Lotus Gallery, Hong Kong, China, 4 October to 29 November 2009 [by invitation]

Lift up My Eyes to the Mountain: Koon Wai-bong’s Chinese Landscape Painting, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, 3 to 9 May 2002. [M.F.A. graduation exhibition]

 

Selected Group Exhibitions and Biennials

[Re-inauguration exhibition], Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, China, September 2019. [by invitation] [forthcoming]

Xu Yi・Beijing, Hong Kong and Macau # the New Media in Ink Art (Xu Yi・Jing, Gang Ao # Shuimo Xin Meiti, 虛異・京港澳#水墨新媒體), Yan Huang Art Museum, Beijing, China, 11 August to 7 September 2018. [by invitation]

Art as Cultural Observatory: Feature Exhibition Celebrating the Sixtieth Anniversary of the Department of Fine Arts, CUHK, Cattle Depot, Hong Kong, China, 2 to 17 December 2017. [by invitation]

The Weight of Lightness: Ink Art at M+, M+, Hong Kong, China, 13 October 2017 to 14 January 2018. [by invitation]

Picturing Hong Kong: Ink Paintings by Contemporary Hong Kong Artists, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, China, 14 September 2017 to 31 January 2018. [by invitation]

Oriental Charm: Ink Art in Hong Kong and Shanghai 2016, Chinese Ink Painting Institute Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, 20 to 26 February 2016; Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, China, 6 to 15 May 2016, and Xuzhou Art Museum, Xuzhou, China, 22 May to 2 June 2016. [by invitation]

A Tale of Two Cities — Painting and Calligraphy by Shanghai and Hong Kong Artists, Shanghai Arts Development Centre, Shanghai, China, 21 to 25 May 2016; and Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, China, 2 to 7 October 2015. [by invitation]

Plenitude in Commonality: Invitational Exhibition of MFA Graduates in Chinese Media of CUHK, Department of Fine Arts, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, 30 May to 28 June 2015. [by invitation]

The Past is Continuing: Dialogue between Contemporary Artists and the Museum Collection, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong, China, 10 April to 28 September 2015. [by invitation]

Naturescapes – A Global Perspective, Parkview Art Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, 11 December 2014 to 24 January 2015. [by invitation]

Shanghai・Hong Kong・Macau: Exchange Exhibition of Modern Chinese Ink Painting, Hong Kong, China, 10 to 17 November 2015. [by invitation]

Nature and Beyond, Leo Gallery, Shanghai, China, 13 September to 5 November 2014; BolognaFiere SH Contemporary, Shanghai, China, 12 to 14 September 2014. [by invitation]

Remaster vs. Appropriating the Classics: Taiwan, Hong Kong Exchange Exhibition, VT Artsalon, Taipei, China, 12 April to 10 May 2014 and am space, Hong Kong, China, 19 June to 19 July 2014. [by invitation]

Meditations in Nature: New Ink, Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong, 27 March to 7 May 2014. [by invitation]

Beyond the Landscape, YY9 Gallery, Hong Kong, China, 24 October to 23 November 2013. [by invitation]

Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards 2012, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, China, 4 October 2013 to 5 January 2014. [art competition]

Visions of the Present: Chinese Contemporary Ink, Christie’s gallery, Hong Kong, China, 3 June to 7 August 2014. [by invitation]

New Ink: An Exhibition of Ink Art by Post-1970 Artists from the Yiqingzhai Collection, (inaugural and non-commercial exhibition) Sotheby’s Gallery, Hong Kong, China, 7 to 28 June 2013. [by invitation]

The Spirit of Ink: 12 Hong Kong Artists, (inaugural and non-commercial exhibition) Sotheby’s Gallery, Hong Kong, China, 7 to 28 June 2013. [by invitation]

Taipei International Modern Ink Painting Biennial, Ministry of Culture, Taipei, Taiwan, 15 November to 3 December 2012; National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan, 6 to 19 December 2012 and Taoyuan County Government, Chungli, Taiwan, March 2013. [by invitation]

LOUD: Mapping the Aesthetics of Visual Silence, [unofficial fringe programme of dOCUMENTA(13)] Fünffensterstraße, Kassel, Germany, 9 June to 8 July 2012. [by invitation]

Contemporary Literati — Five Elements Incubate All Things, Le Méridien Taipei Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan, 22 to 23 September 2012, and Tiancheng International, Hong Kong, China, 3 to 7 October 2012. [by invitation]

Beyond Representation —  An Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art, Tiancheng International, Hong Kong, China, 17 to 27 May 2012. [by invitation]

Landscape + the Urban Environment, Amelia Johnson Contemporary, Hong Kong, China, 7 March to 21 April 2012. [by invitation]

Legacy and Creations — ‘Ink Art vs Ink Art’, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, China, 27 May to 28 August 2011. [by invitation]

Seventh International Ink Painting Biennial of Shenzhen, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China, 14 December 2010 to 14 January 2011. [by invitation]

Third ‘Tradition and Modernism’ Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, Luoyang Museum, Luoyang, China, 11 to 13 November 2010. [by invitation]

In Contact with China: Hong Kong ‧ Water ‧ Ink ‧ Colour, Beijing World Art Museum, Beijing, China, 28 June to 4 July 2010. [by invitation]

Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Awards 2009, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, China, 21 May to 1 August 2010. [art competition]

Time Variant on Ink: Exhibition of Koon Wai Bong, Zhou Jin and Wong Hau Kwei, Winners of Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Awards 2009, Wan Fung Art Gallery, Hong Kong, China, 15 to 30 May 2010. [by invitation]

2009 Min, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau Invitational Exhibition of Chinese Painting, Shishi Museum, Fujian, China, 29 October to 3 November 2009, and Xiamen Museum, Xiamen, China, 13 to 15 November 2009. [by invitation]

Water & Ink Interpretations: Taipei Invitation Exhibition of Hong Kong Modern Ink Painting, National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan, 20 October to 2 November 2009. [by invitation]

Ink Contemporary: ReXPERIMENT, Artist Commune, Hong Kong, China, 3 to 28 October 2009. [by invitation]

Eleventh National Exhibition of Arts, China 2009, Shantou International Conference and Exhibition Centre, Shantou, China, 9 to 22 September 2009. [by invitation]

Dao Revealed through Brush & Ink: Chinese Paintings and Works of Calligraphy & Seal Engraving by Wan Qingli, Daniel Lau Chak Kwong and Koon Wai Bong, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China, 17 to 29 January and 2 to 9 February 2009. [self-curated]

‘Hong Kong Arts Centre Thirtieth Anniversary Award’ Exhibition of Winning and Shortlisted Entries, Hong Kong International Art and Antiques Fair 2008, Hong Kong, China, 4 to 7 October 2008. [art competition]

‘Hong Kong Arts Centre Thirtieth Anniversary Award’ Competition Entries Exhibition, Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong, China, 7 to 21 August 2008. [art competition]

Configurational Force: Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Painting and Glass by Daniel Lau, Koon Wai Bong and Sunny Wang, Blue Lotus Gallery, Hong Kong, China, 28 June to 20 July 2008. [by invitation]

Beyond the Surface: Chinese Abstract Art, Macao Museum of Art, Macao, China, 19 January to 9 March 2008. [art competition]

Hong Kong Art Biennial 2005, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, China, 16 December 2005 to 5 March 2006. [art competition]

The Second Beijing International Art Biennale Exhibition 2005, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China, 20 September to 20 October 2005. [art competition]

The Tenth National Exhibition of Arts, China 2004, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China, 12 September to 10 October 2004, and National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China, 10 December 2004 to 8 January 2005. [art competition]

Cheng Ming in All Directions: Fortieth Years of Art at Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong, China, 12 to 30 December 2003. [by invitation]

Contemporary Hong Kong Art Biennial 1998, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, China, 15 September to 11 October 1998. [art competition]

Contemporary Hong Kong Art Biennial 1996, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, China, 17 September to 3 November 1996. [art competition]

Publication, Dissertations and Articles

Koon, Wai-bong, ‘Landscape and the Divine.’ In TRANSpose: Contemporary Ink Paintings by Koon Wai Bong, edited by Ting, Wing-yan, Vivian, 26-29. Bath: The Museum of East Asian Art and Hong Kong: Asia One Books, 2013.

Ting, Wing-yan, Vivian and Koon Wai-bong, ‘Dialogue between the Artist and the Curator.’ In TRANSpose: Contemporary Ink Paintings by Koon Wai Bong, edited by Ting, Wing-yan, Vivian, 30-37. Bath: The Museum of East Asian Art and Hong Kong: Asia One Books, 2013.

Koon, Wai-bong, ‘Reworking the Classics: Revitalization of Guohua, Traditional Chinese Painting, in Search of Contemporaneity.’ D.F.A. diss., RMIT University, 2012.

Koon, Wai-bong, ed., Reworking the Classics. Hong Kong: Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, 2010. [ISBN 978-988-19665-1-3] [This refereed publication has been assessed by international academics]

Koon, Wai-bong, ‘Rethinking of Bimo: The Significance of Bimo in Chinese Painting.’ M.F.A. diss., Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2002.

2013

‘Outstanding Young Researcher’, Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University,

2012

Selected to the “Taipei International Modern Ink Painting Biennial”

“Hong Kong Contemporary Art Award”, Hong Kong Museum of Art

2010

“Faculty / School Performance Award”, from the Hong Kong Baptist University,

Invited to “The Seventh International Ink Painting Biennial”, Shenzhen,

2009

Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Award, Hong Kong Museum of Art,

Invited to “The Eleventh National Exhibition of Arts”, China,

With my experiences as an ink artist and an educator at tertiary level for years, my teaching philosophy is to assist my students to recognise the essence of the great tradition of Chinese art, yet not compromise with their sense of contemporaneity.