FINE ART ASIA 2021 Academic Programme


Panel Discussion: The Art and Memories of Ding Yanyong

Presented by The Ink Society

Speakers: Mr. Liu Kuo-sung, Former colleague and artist
  Mr. Tsui Chi Yu, Former student and collector
  Ms. Nancy Chu Woo, Former student and artist
Moderator: Professor Josh Yiu, Director of the Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Date: 9 October 2021 (Saturday)
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Language: Putonghua


The panel will reflect on the art and memories of pioneering modern artist Ding Yanyong (1902-1978), through the recollections of the artist’s former colleague and students. Liu Kuo-sung will join via Zoom.


Liu Kuo-sung, founder of the Taiwanese modern art Fifth Moon Group (1956-1972), created a new language of ink painting by synthesising Western and Chinese artistic practices. From as early as the 1960s, Liu’s pioneering works have been widely exhibited in Hong Kong, Europe and the USA. In 2016, Liu was elected by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) as a Foreign Honorary Member—the first Chinese artist to earn this honour. As an art educator, he has nurtured many young ink artists over the past few decades. In 2019, the Liu Kuo-sung Archives together with the Ink Society inaugurated the biennial Liu Kuo-sung Ink Art Award.


In 1966, Tsui Chi Yu started his studies in the Fine Arts Department, New Asia College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He was a student of teachers including Chen Shih-Wen, Ding Yanyong, Pierre Ryckmans, Ming Fay and Li Tung Keung. From 1973–2000, he worked in various units of CUHK, including as technician of the Fine Arts Department, producer of the ITV programme “Introduction to Chinese Painting”, and assistant editor of the programme’s reference book. For more than 20 years, he has created hammering and welding steel sculptures that incorporate Chinese landscape painting elements. In the last decade, he has been the executive editor of numerous books published by the Alumni Association of the Fine Arts Department, CUHK.  



Nancy Chu Woo studied with Lingnan School painters Zhao Shao’ang and Yang Shanshen. Woo received her BFA from Cornell University and MA from Columbia University. Her work is distinguished by a synthesis of Chinese and Western artistic styles. After returning to Hong Kong from the USA in 1973, she taught in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Hong Kong. Woo has exhibited in Asia, the USA, Canada and Europe.