Rare Paintings by Irene Chou: Rediscovered at Duddell’s
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Irene Chou Rediscovered: Paintings from the M K Lau Collection at Duddell’s features a rare, large-scale masterpiece by leading Hong Kong ink artist Irene Chou, which has been hidden from public view for decades.
The M K Lau Collection, one of Asia’s finest private collections of modern and contemporary ink, presents Irene Chou Rediscovered: Paintings from the M K Lau Collection. The small-scale exhibition, accompanied by a talks programme, showcases an early Chou masterpiece that has been hidden from public view for decades. It also celebrates Chou’s creative journey over a twenty-year period while offering insights into the artist’s personality, interests and convictions.
Born in 1924 in Shanghai, Irene Chou left China for Taipei and eventually Hong Kong in 1949, where she first formally studied Chinese painting under Zhao Shao’ang (1905-1998). Chou’s art are expressions of the spirit of her times, and representations of herself as a modern woman, daughter, sister, wife, mother and artist.
The recent rediscovery of Untitled, 1971, is a significant moment in paying tribute to Chou, a female artist whose forward-thinking and creative freedom remains so relevant today. The over four-meter-long painting was commissioned in the early 1970s for the Pavilion restaurant in the iconic but now-demolished Lee Gardens Hotel in Causeway Bay.