The mother of Mrs Anson Chan
Fang Zhaoling, the mother of the former Chief Secretary of the British Colonial Administration, Anson Chan, was among the first modern Chinese ink painters and transformational artists. She counts Chao Shao-an, JaoTsung-I and other art masters as her teachers. Her paintings are highly sought after at auction. Her works also appear in the "art appreciation" section of the Diploma of Visual Arts test. From now until the 20th April, the public can view an exhibition of "Fang Zhaoling’s important works" in ART ONE, WanChai. The public can have a close up glimpse of part of a private collection which involves many pieces never before seen in a public exhibition.
Macey and Sons Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd are" displaying 12 of her works, mostly completed in her old age”.
Industry Leader Jonathan Macey said: "Fang Zhaoling was at her peak in the 1990s whereby bids for her work would regularly be over one million Hong Kong Dollars!"
He said Fang Zhaoling’s themes involve mountains, water, boats and characters and is what she excels at, and; "if someone else attempted to copy or to merely learn the lines, it would be difficult to capture the look of the people portrayed."
Asking price of up to one million Yuan
Fang Zhaoling’s figure paintings look easy, a little childish, simple but full bodied; with a bold composition and with very few blanks. Macey said: “it reflected the party's character which is active and positive and, "no matter what the colour, the direction the ship is sailing or the action the figures are engaged in, they are always up."
Fang Zhaoling’s favorite paintings are landscapes, but her distinctive use of colour as opposed to the more traditional black and white landscapes is very different. Each of her paintings also uses her favourite colour blue iron. Macey explained: "Fang Zhaoling had contact with Western painting at an early age, which may have affected her painting style, this also makes it difficult for others to imitate." Fang Zhaoling began learning to paint as a 13-year-old apprentice to Songyan Qian and then proceeded to study at British universities. At the age of 39 she then asked painter Zhang Daqian to be her teacher again which proved to be a rich artistic experience and helped to establish her unique style, involving Western colours combined with traditional ink painting techniques and calligraphy. As a result she was part of the first group of modern ink masters.