Country: Hong Kong
Founded in the 1980s by Alice King, Alisan Fine Arts is one of the first professionally run galleries in Hong Kong and has been a pioneer in the field of Chinese contemporary art and New Ink Art. In particular, focusing on promoting established Chinese diaspora artists, as well as mainland Chinese and Hong Kong artists. In 1996 Daphne King Yao joined the gallery and in 2005 was appointed Director, formally taking over operations in 2011. Currently, the gallery manages two premises in Central’s business district and Aberdeen.
Over the years, under the leadership of Alice King and Daphne King Yao, the gallery has organized over 100 exhibitions in Hong Kong and abroad. In 1987 the gallery organized one of the first exhibitions in Hong Kong to showcase contemporary mainland Chinese artists. The landmark exhibition “A State of Transition: Contemporary Paintings from Shanghai” included fourteen artists such as Chen Jialing and Li Shan. The gallery was also the first to organize a commercial exhibition of Zao Wou-ki's works in Hong Kong in 1993 and since then has held five more solo exhibitions for the acclaimed artist. Alisan has also organized solo exhibitions for well-known artists Chu Teh-chun, Walasse Ting, Lui Shou-kwan, and manages the estate of Chao Chung-hsiang.
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