Artist Biography
       
     
 Critical Existentialism Series - Semiotic Series (1)  Oil on Canvas  108cm(H) x 82cm(W)  2008
       
     
 Critical Existentialism Series - Semiotic Series (2)  Oil on Canvas  92cm(H) x 92cm(W)  2008
       
     
 Critical Existentialism Series - Semiotic Series (3)  Oil on Canvas  92cm(H) x 92cm(W)  2008
       
     
 Critical Existentialism Series - Dots Series (4)  Oil on Canvas  86cm(H) x 60cm(W)  2016
       
     
 Critical Existentialism Series - Elements Series  Oil on Canvas  153cm(H) x 153cm(W)  2011
       
     
Artist Biography
       
     
Artist Biography

 

Christopher Ku (Ku Minzhao), born in 1957 in Hong Kong. At the age of 19, Ku moved to Aberdeen, Scotland and enrolled at the local Kiel Art Academy. In 1990, Ku received his master's degree after attended the prestigious Royal College of Art in London. He then returned to North Edinburgh and devoted himself to painting, continued exploring the unique aesthetic and style for his work.

 

Ku moved to Hong Kong in 1999 and set up his own studio in Fo Tan Industrial district (New Territories) in 2003, becoming part of the “artists' focal point family”. After taking part in the "Hong Kong Arts Biennale" organised by the Hong Kong Museum of Art in 2001 for the first time, Ku had managed to showcase his works at numerous local exhibitions. "Art Commune" in Bullpen Art Village in 2003 was the largest amongst all, the success of the exhibition encouraged him to embrace his long held art philosophy of "Zero Boundary". Ku’s painting is characterised by a combination of contrasting and uncompromising brush stroke. His mature painting style features a combination of linguistic elements, which paradoxically can be expounded as primitive and meaningless figures. The symbols in his paintings (common + (plus), X (cross), arrow) have been defined by our culture and therefore have special roles. However when these symbols have no “function” to perform, it becomes doubtful whether they are signs at all. To read Ku’s paintings, one has to firstly grasp the composition consisted of figures of different sizes and shapes, textures and depths, before forming a comprehensive understanding of the painting as a unifying whole. The small figures which repeated as an individual / as an organised group, as well as the rich colour infiltration in the background; are all feasts for the eye.

 

Anti-stereotypes, yet seeking for harmony between breakthrough and techniques out of traditional painting, seemingly Ku has set himself an impossible task. In Ku’s paintings, different elements appear to merging or influencing one another, meanwhile upholding its own autonomous identity, performing independence/separation and fusion/disappearance; this may well be the testimony of how an outsider struggle himself/herself in a foreign land. 

 Critical Existentialism Series - Semiotic Series (1)  Oil on Canvas  108cm(H) x 82cm(W)  2008
       
     

Critical Existentialism Series - Semiotic Series (1)

Oil on Canvas

108cm(H) x 82cm(W)

2008

 Critical Existentialism Series - Semiotic Series (2)  Oil on Canvas  92cm(H) x 92cm(W)  2008
       
     

Critical Existentialism Series - Semiotic Series (2)

Oil on Canvas

92cm(H) x 92cm(W)

2008

 Critical Existentialism Series - Semiotic Series (3)  Oil on Canvas  92cm(H) x 92cm(W)  2008
       
     

Critical Existentialism Series - Semiotic Series (3)

Oil on Canvas

92cm(H) x 92cm(W)

2008

 Critical Existentialism Series - Dots Series (4)  Oil on Canvas  86cm(H) x 60cm(W)  2016
       
     

Critical Existentialism Series - Dots Series (4)

Oil on Canvas

86cm(H) x 60cm(W)

2016

 Critical Existentialism Series - Elements Series  Oil on Canvas  153cm(H) x 153cm(W)  2011
       
     

Critical Existentialism Series - Elements Series

Oil on Canvas

153cm(H) x 153cm(W)

2011