Yuk Kan Yeung
Drawing on Porcelain
9 November 2019 – 9 January 2020
For Yuk Kan, creating ceramics and drawings are like writing poetry. Her love for literature and poetry are combined and integrated into her porcelain as well as in her drawing on paper. She describes her work thus: ‘It is the excitement of the exploration and to encounter the unexpected that inspire me the most. A gentle push, a tender touch, even a thin line in a breeze, the objects capture the movement and poetry takes shape in clay.’ One can trace back to her Chinese background through her abstract drawing and painting. Her passion in Chinese calligraphy is one of her sources of inspiration. Very often she uses her intuition to mark on the soft surface, every line and space are a search within, a composition of poetry, a magical transformation of the human emotions.
For this exhibition she creates new porcelain works which are inspired by poetry, architecture and the search of her inner peace. The colours are carefully chosen to create a balanced character between and within each work. She first draws and paints on paper with coloured porcelain slip and then directly prints them on the thinly formed vessel. This monoprint graphic technique gives each work a unique character which can’t be repeated. After biscuit firing, she applies more drawings and colours on the surface to create further depth before the final firing of 1260 C in an electric kiln. The result is a 3-dimensional painting on porcelain.
Born in Hong Kong, Yuk Kan Yeung graduated with B.A. honours at the Fine Arts Department, The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1981. She obtained a postgraduate degree in ceramics at Goldsmith’s College, University of London in 1987. She lives and works in the Netherlands since 1987.
Yuk Kan held many solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions throughout China, Hong Kong, Europe, United Kingdom, USA, Australia and Korea. Including the award-winning solo exhibition at the Landes Museum Oldenburg, Germany; the selected artists exhibition at World Ceramic Biennale 2007 and 2005 Icheon, Korea. Her awards including the 1st prize, theme competition ‘Obenauf’, Oldenburg, Germany; honourable mention ‘World Ceramic Biennale’ 2007 and 2005 in Korea, honourable mention ‘International de Ceramica L’Alcora’ 2004 and 2003 in Spain; an Artist in residence at Falmouth College of Arts, England. In 2014 she took part of an artist in residence program in Jingdezhen, Sanbao ceramic art institute. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts Leipzig, Germany, Falmouth College of Arts England, Crafts Council London, World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, Icheon Korea, Jingdezhen Sanbao Ceramics Museum, as well as in private collections in Asia, Australia, Europe, United Kingdom and the United States