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Mountain Taoist
May 22, 2020

The University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG) is honoured to display six newly donated works by Wesley Tongson (1957–2012). Known both for his traditional ink work and unique style of finger painting, this display combines both techniques, including his mountain landscapes and bamboo paintings, which together document his imaginative move from brush to finger.

Although modest in terms of number of works, the scope of the paintings spans twenty crucial years of Tongson’s life. He considered landscape paintings the most difficult form of Chinese art to master, referring to himself as the ‘mountain Taoist’ or ‘mountain teacher’. Nature offered him a spiritual retreat, a zen-like space that—along with his painting practice—he could withdraw into.

Tongson’s work displays a deep understanding of the natural and spiritual meaning of the Chinese landscape and a continuous appreciation for traditional masters, including their philosophies, art and culture.

Spiritual Mountains 9, Wesley Tongson, 2010, Ink on paper, Gift of Lilia and Kenneth Tongson, HKU.P.2019.2466, © University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong

White Christmas, Wesley Tongson, 1995, Ink and colour on board, Gift of Lilia and Kenneth Tongson, HKU.P.2019.2462, © University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong

Mountains of Heaven 5, Wesley Tongson, 2002, Ink and colour on board, Gift of Lilia and Kenneth Tongson, HKU.P.2019.2463, © University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong

Installation view of Mountain Taoist

Details of the Exhibition
Period: May 16, 2020 (Saturday) to July 26, 2020 (Sunday) 
Opening Hours:
9:30 am – 6:00 pm (Tuesday to Saturday)
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Sunday)
Closed on Mondays, University and Public Holidays
Venue: 1/F, Fung Ping Shan Building, University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong 
Tel/Email: (852) 2241 5500 (General Enquiry) / museum@hku.hk
Admission: Free
Website: http://www.umag.hku.hk/en/


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