The Ever Evolving Artist

Yellow Day Lilies, 81 x 66cm, oil on canvas, 1991, Still Life (1122) [D525-91]

Yellow Day Lilies, 81 x 66cm, oil on canvas, 1991, Still Life (1122) [D525-91]

Yellow Day Lilies, 81 x 66 cm, oil on canvas, 1991, Still Life (1122) [D525-91]
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Ng Po Wan’s style was ever evolving as he learned, experimented and painted.  Kids the world over, have heard the same refrain from their parents, “practice makes perfect”.  The same can be said for painting.  The more you paint, the better you’ll become.  This was quintessentially Ng Po Wan.  He was a prolific painter and had over 1400 works of art but he was always learning, always trying something new in his paintings.  That is the sign of a Master, a man always trying to perfect his art, always evolving his art.

“Some people say that art is an innate talent that cannot be taught or attained through diligence in application.  Such a notion is unfounded.  The prerequisite of an artist is a life-long endeavor for art.”

– Ng Po Wan, 1956 lecture to students at the Hong Kong Academy of Art

Although his style evolved, Po Wan’s hope in humanity and his optimism are a theme that can be seen throughout his paintings.  He shows an understanding of the human spirit’s ability to endure.  He shows the joy in life and in everyday scenes and objects.

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