A prominent artist and professor based in Hong Kong, Koon Wai Bong is recognized for his contemporary ink works within public institutions including the M+ Pavilion, the Hong Kong Museum of Art, and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. In contrast to Chinese paintings that appropriate various concepts from Western art and are often criticized as having faint connections to Chinese cultural narratives, Koon specifically posits his paintings as guohua (referring to the essence of the Chinese painting tradition and not aligned with art reform in China between 1949-1952); thereby emphasizing the core values of traditional painting, especially those of the literati. It is this embrace of tradition and desire for contemporaneity that mirrors the search for cultural identity among many Hong Kong artists today.
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