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Dragon boat festival
Ink and colour on paper
69 x 135 cm
Luis Chan was born in Panama in 1905 and settled in Hong Kong in 1910. The source of his paintings has always been based on landscapes of Hong Kong and his own state of mind. For several decades, he has been continuously representing what he has seen and heard in Hong Kong by combining the styles of Chinese and Western art, and the new with the old.
He expresses his subconscious ideas in his paintings, such as the distorted, mysterious animals and objects that are scattered throughout the present work. The dragon boats in the painting have already become the symbol of dragon boat festival in contemporary Hong Kong. This festival, which was originally dedicated to the commemoration of the great Chinese poet Qu Yuan of the third century B.C. has also developed into a festival in which many traditional activities are held. Nowadays, watching dragon boat racing in the festival has also become a leisure activity for families, providing physical and mental relaxation.
—Collection of Hong Kong Museum of Art