Francis Yu was born and raised in Hong Kong. He went overseas to study art and gained his Bachelor of Fine Arts at York University in Toronto. After that he received scholarships to pursue a MA in painting at the Royal College of Art in London and went on to complete a PhD in practice and theory of painting at China Academy of Art in Hangzhou.
His PhD thesis was entitled “Towards Total Painting”. Before joining HKBU, Francis Yu taught full time at Hong Kong Art School and had taken part time teaching posts at different art institutions.
Francis Yu is committed to the idea that artistic practice constitutes research. His painting brings together image, text, and object, extended into surrounding space and transformed into a ‘scene’.
He is also exploring an interdisciplinary approach to marry his paintings with different art forms and artistic disciplines. He says, “I want to learn how painting living in relationship with others while being alone with itself.”
Over the last two decades Francis Yu has exhibited in ten solo exhibitions and taken part in more than sixty group exhibitions at local and overseas institutions.
2015 ‘Penetration & Reconstruction’, New-Who Art Museum, Shenzhen,
2015 ‘Ceramics Show by Non-ceramics Artists’, 1a Space, HK
2014 (solo exhibition) ‘Falling’, Front/side Gallery & Black Box Theatre, JCCAC, HK
2013 (solo exhibition) ‘Close to Poem, Close to Song’, am space, HK
2013 ‘Melting Pot, Painting On and On 3’, Gallery of City University of Hong Kong
2013 (solo exhibition) ‘Object of Affection’, A-lift Gallery, Shenzhen
2012 ‘City-zening’, Jorge Vargas Museum, University of Philippines
2012 ‘Hong Kong and A World’, Liu Hai Su Art Museum, Shanghai
2012 (solo exhibition) ‘The Marriage of 2P’, Lumenvisum, HK
2011 ‘Strolling on the Water’, Museum of Contemporary Art Westlake, Hangzhou
2014 The Pottery Workshop residential studio program, Jingdezhen
2007 RMIT International Artist in Residence, Melbourne
1998 Cite Internationale des Arts studio residence, Paris
1998 Royal College of Art travelling award, London
1998 Po-Shing Woo Charitable Foundation scholarship, UK
1997 Swire Foundation scholarship, UK
1997 British Council postgraduate grant, HK
1994 Second runner up, Philippe Charriol Art Competition, HK
1993 Warner Lambert Printmaking Book Prize, University of Guelph
I think of my teaching approach as painting a door and drawing a bridge, with the purpose of taking students to go over to the other side. And I want to see my students as thoughtful creators and independent thinkers, be able to find their keys to open the door and walk at their own pace to cross the bridge.