Hui Pat

1943, Hong Kong

Introduction

Born in 1943 in Hong Kong, Pat Hui is an ink painter known for her colourful paintings. Wucius Wong, who she often collaborates with, wrote “her colours are sometimes in quiet pastel shades, but generally tend to exhibit a strong radiant quality, evoking a sense of pathos often expressed in Song poems with themes of solitude, remorsefulness and desolation, employing images of distinctive colour sensations such as falling petals, willows, autumn leaves, the setting sun, the moon.”(Wucius Wong, Pat Hui (Hong Kong: Alisan Fine Arts, 1993), 6)

Hui began studying painting under Lui Shou-kwan in 1961 after Wong introduced them. Following undergraduate studies in Philosophy at the University of Hong Kong, she attended the University of Minnesota where she completed a PhD in Western Philosophy with a minor in Chinese and Indian Buddhism. In 1974, she studied Studio Art and Design at the same university. In 1978, she moved to Canada and began designing clothes using her own technique of painting on silk. Since then she has founded her own fine art gallery Hui Arts in Canada and the United States, and the art studio Traffic Zone Centre for Visual Arts in Minneapolis. All the while she has continued painting, combining her ink art with her studies in philosophy and literature.

Alisan Fine Arts began representing Pat Hui in the 1980s. We have also organised several shows, including two joint exhibitions of collaborative works by Hui and Wucius Wong in 1987 and 2005 respectively. Significantly, her works were featured in two exhibitions documenting Lui Shou-kwan’s work and influence in 1995 and 2015. When asked about Alice King, Hui says “we share many common interests and artistic goals… these include, giving a venue to the artists to show their works [and] introducing the artists to a wider audience. Throughout the thirty-five years, Alice has successfully achieved these goals and much more.”

Hui’s works have been exhibited in over twenty solo and group exhibitions, including at the first “Art Toronto” in 1980, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, as well as in galleries across the United States. Her works have been collected by Minneapolis Institute of Arts; The Marsh, Minneapolis; Hongkong Land; American Express, Hong Kong; BHF Bank, Hong Kong.


BIOGRAPHY

1943 Born in Hong Kong

1961-62 Learned Chinese painting from Lui Shou-kwan 

1963 Member of Modern Literature and Art Association, Hong Kong

1964 Studied at University of Hong Kong, major: Western philosophy; minor: Chinese philosophy

1967-71 Graduate School, University of Minnesota, United States, major: Western philosophy; minor: Chinese and Indian Buddhism

1974 Studio Art and Design Department, University of Minnesota, United States

1980 Founded Hui Arts, Toronto, Canada

Participated in Art Toronto ‘80

1981-86 Founded Hui Arts, Minneapolis, United States, representing contemporary Chinese artists from all over the world

1997 Founded Hui Arts Studio at Traffic Zone Centre for Visual Arts, Minneapolis, United States

Present Lives in Minneapolis, United States, working as an artist, writer and translator

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2010

  • Exhibition with Paul Kwok, Traffic Zone Gallery, Minneapolis, United States

2007

  • By the Water—Colourful Seasons in Minnesota, Works by Pat Hui and Paul Kwok, Chung Chi College, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2005

2003

  • To Live and to Create: Painting/Poetry/Calligraphy/Translation by Pat Hui, Hui Arts, Minneapolis, United States

2002

  • Painting/Poetry/Calligraphy, Marsh Gallery, Minnetonka, Minnesota, United States

1998-2015

  • Annual Spring Exhibition with Paul Kwok, Hui Arts, Minneapolis, United States

1997

  • Painting/Poetry/Calligraphy/Translation/Fashion/Photography by Pat Hui, Hui Arts, Minneapolis, United States

1993

  • New Landscapes, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong

1987

  • The Poetic Vision: Poetry, Painting, Calligraphy with Wucius Wong, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong

1986

  • Spring: Poetry, Painting, Calligraphy, Hui Arts, Minneapolis, United States

1985

  • The Shadow of Poetry: Fashion Design, Painting, Calligraphy, Honeywell Corporate Gallery, Minneapolis, United States

1984

  • The Poet’s Vision: Painting, Poetry, Calligraphy, Hui Arts, Minneapolis, United States


1983

  • Painting and Fashion, Hui Arts, Minneapolis, United States

 

Selected Group Exhibitions 

2018            

2015

2009

2004

  • 125 Group Exhibition, Poetry (English & Chinese) /Painting by Paul Kwok/Calligraphy by Pat Hui, Hui Arts, Minneapolis, United States

2000

  • 145 Group Exhibition, Poetry (English & Chinese) /Painting by Paul Kwok/Calligraphy by Pat Hui, Hui Arts, Minneapolis, United States

1995

1988

  • Three Friends: with Robert Lesch, Paul Kwok, Red Carpet Gallery, Minneapolis, United States

1987

  • Opening show, Forum Gallery, Minneapolis, United States

1985

  • Shui Mo – The New Spirit of Chinese Tradition, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong 
  • Painting/Poetry/Calligraphy with Wucius Wong, Lu Weiming, Hui Arts, Minneapolis, United States

 

Selected Public Collections

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, United States

The Marsh, Minneapolis, United States

Hongkong Land, Hong Kong

American Express Bank, Hong Kong

BHF Bank, Hong Kong