Impression of Red Flowers, 2019
Oil on Canvas 168 x 122 cm
Impression of Red Flowers, 2019
Born in Beijing, China, 1946
Lives and works in Melbourne
Since arriving in Australia in 1990, contemporary realist Fu Hong has gained a deserved national and international reputation for his original synthesis of representational painting with “impressionist” and “expressionist” leanings.
Each individual picture has an experiential sculptural syntax underscoring its pictorial space – one can see the solidity of his pictorial forms and “feel” them through his skilful and inventive use of modelling, perspective and spatial illusion. The lavish and sensuous manner in which he captures the emotional state of his subject in a dynamic synthesis of classical realism and impressionist colour application, continues his fascinating painterly journey by consistently reinventing his theatrical approach to picture making. In 1996 Hong held a solo exhibition featuring this style – inks on paper. A selection of work from that exhibition hangs in Crown Casino.
Fu Hong’s portrait commissions include his penetrating painting of art doyen Dr Joseph Brown, and his compassionate portrait of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch.
1966 – 1990 Graduated from Institute of Arts & Design, Beijing / Stage art designer of The National Broadcast & Television of China / Art editor of China Central Television / Director of Artist’s Gallery, Beijing, China
1990 Arrived in Australia
1988 – 2018 55 solo exhibitions in Australia, China, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Italy, Hong Kong and UK (London)
2018 Guest artist to ‘Art Amoy’ International Art Fair, Xiamen, China
2017 Guest artist to ‘Mapping Melbourne’ Asian-Pacific Contemporary Art Festival
2014 Finalist of the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
2014 Finalist of the Black Swan Portrait Prize
2012 Retrospective Celebration Exhibition of 50 Years, Montsalvat Art Centre, Melbourne
2011 Commission portrait of Chancellor of Centre Queensland University – R.C.Rennie Fritsch’y
2011 Commission portrait of Vice Chancellor of Centre Queensland University, Professor – John Rickad
2010 Portrait of ‘Sarah’ selected into the finalist of the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, NSW
2010 Invited to be judge of St. George Art Award 2010 of Hurstville City Library, Museum & Gallery NSW
2009 Portrait of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch selected into the finalist of The Archibald Prize
2009 Commission portrait of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch by Jenny Pihan Fine Art
2009 Invited solo exhibition, Tian Jin Museum, Tian Jin, China
2009 Commission portrait of Sir James Gobbo (governor of Vic from 1997- 2000), by Supreme Court, Vic
2009 ‘Nude portrait’ won bronze medal of Herald-Sun Prize, Comberwell, Vic.
2008 Portrait of Dr. Joseph Brown selected into the finalist of The Archibald Prize 2008
2008 Commission portrait of Dr. Joseph Brown by CBUS foundation.
2006 Portrait of Cathy Freeman selected into Des Refuse’s Salon ‘the Alternate Archibald Prize Selection’, National Trust S.H.Ervin Gallery, NSW
2005 Retrospective Exhibition of 15 years in Australia, Montsalvat Art Centre, Melbourne
2004 Portrait of ‘Angela’ selected into the finalist the Dobell Prize of Drawing 2004, National Gallery of NSW
2004 Won the Most Outstanding Art Work, Stanthorp Regional Art Gallery, Queensland
2002 Won 2002 Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award, Bega Valey Regional Art Gallery, NSW
2002 Drawing portrait of ‘Sarah’ collected by Stanthorp Regional Art Gallery, QLD
2000 Portrait of ‘Ernst Fries’ selected into The Alternative Archibald Prize Selection National Trust S.H.Ervin Gallery, NSW
1999 Won Third Prize of James Farrell self-portrait Award,
1999 Castlemaine Art Gallery & Historical Museum
1997 Works collected by Safti Military Institute of Singapore
1997 Works commissioned by Singapore Discovery Centre, department of defence
1996 Portrait of ‘watch maker’ selected as the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Finalist, National 1996 Gallery, Victoria
1996 Interviewed and broadcasted by SBS Television and SBS Radio Station
1988 First solo exhibition at the highly acclaimed China National Gallery, Beijing, China
1983 Exhibition, Bologna, Italy
CBUS foundation, Supreme Court VIC, Murdoch’s family, Sir Charles Court, John Hilson, Stanthorp Regional Art Gallery QLD, Crown Casino, Ethel Turner’s family, Safti Military Institute of Singapore, West Australia University, University of New Castle, The CQ University Australia, and Bank of Japan.
Private collections are in China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, USA, France, Germany, Italy, Holland, Belgium, UK and Australia