Fire Painting, Summer, 1976

Hong Kong 2015
10 Chancery Lane Gallery
Ink on layers of traditional Chinese lantern paper, kite paper, burnt paper, lacquer finish
Frog King Fire Painting, Summer, 1975-1976 Ink on layers of traditional Chinese lantern paper, kite paper, burnt paper, lacquer finish 79 x 54.5 cm Hong Kong artist Frog King Kwok (a.k.a. Kwok Mang-ho, b. 1947) is an inimitable force unto himself. A pioneering conceptual and performance artist, Frog King has been breaking boundaries in Hong Kong and beyond since the late 1960s. Originally trained in ink painting and calligraphy in the studio of seminal New Ink Painting master Lui Shou Kwan—where he was already considered to be something of an enfant terrible—Frog King was one of the earliest Chinese contemporary artists to explore the use of ink painting as a conceptual tool, incorporating it as both action and material into multiple-media installations, performances, happenings and assembled environments incorporating, discarded and everyday objects.