Professor Lok Tok:“Forever Spring Spreading In The Earth”

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Professor Lok Tok:“Forever Spring Spreading In The Earth”

Painter            : Professor Lok Tok
Limited Prints   : 128 pcs
Type               : Chinese Painting
Printed Size     : 48” X 18.7”
Original Size     : 146” X 57”
Producer         : Elegance Art House Sdn. Bhd
Year Painted    : 1980
Year Printed    : 2012

The copy is an authorized print

Introduction of the painting “Forever Spring Spreading In The Earth”
“Forever Spring Spreading In The Earth” is the first giant painting of Professor Lok Tok. This masterpiece was created in his 50s, during the peak of his career as an artist. He has used a combination of the traditional horse-painting style of his godfather, Xu Bei-Hong and the landscape painting style of his teacher Huang-Bing-Hong to produce this painting.

The Penang-born Professor Lok is Malaysia’s most famous international Chinese painting artist. After he had graduated from Chung Ling High School in Penang, he went to China to stay with his godfather, Xu Bei-Hong and started to learn painting. He was the classmate of the international well known movie director, the late Richard Li Han Hsiang. During the Chinese Cultural Revolution, he gave up the chance of studying in France but stayed in China due to his determination to continue studying under his godfather. However, he was maligned and banished to a remote farm. He could not practice his painting openly, but could only do it secretly at night on the floor in the stable. Because of his passion in painting, he suffered greatly for almost 20 years. When the Cultural Revolutionary ended, he was able to move to Hong Kong and opened his painting class. During the process of planning to migrate to Canada, in the hope for greater freedom and extension of his works, he produced this great piece of “Forever Spring Spreading In The Earth” in 1980. This 12-feet high Chinese painting contains 68 horses on the steppe and it consolidated the styles of his teachers, the premiere artists in China, such as Xu Bei-Hong, Qi Bai-Shi, Li Ke-Ran, Huang Bin-Hong, Wu Zuo-Ren and Jiang Zhao-He.

Just like what was described in the poem written by Professor Lok Tok in this painting, the painting showed vividly a spring scene, with snow top mountains, lush pine forest, blossoms of peach flowers, horses which play and roam lively in the dawn within the delightful scenery, accompanied by the aromatic grass. In this painting, Professor Lok has painted each horse meticulously with different demeanor, using different tecniques. It is the finest horses painting he had ever produced. Besides, Professor Lok has combined Xu’s pure horse painting, Chinese traditional landscape painting, Canada’s pine forest and Western perspective into this painting to produce a unique style and taste. In addition, he uses his unique painting skill to present his ideology in the from of sea clouds. He used the spacing in between mountains to create clouds feeling and the composition-decomposition to symbolize our ever changing life is very impressive.

Liao-Jing-Wen, Xu Bei-Hong’s wife, once commented that the horses painting of Professor Lok was inspired by the enormously rich natural resources of Canadian scenery and Western style of horses painting, combined with Chinese painting style, cultural and philosophy, had reached the state where it is far beyond for the western artists to attain.

During her visit to Penang in 2011, the China official Museum and non-governmental painting connoisseur, Xu-Li had a chance to view the “Eight Horses” painting presented to Kwong Wah Yit Poh by Professor Lok. She commented that in Lok Tok’s painting; the horses roaming lively on the field are dynamically beyond realism. She also commented that Professor Lok’s horses contained some of Xu Bei-Hong’s style, however he had basically moved out of Xu’s frame, he had combined Chinese and Western style to develop his own style and charm. This is also the most invaluable creativity possessed by an artist.

The paintings of Professor Lok were collected by both Chinese and Western connoisseurs and collectors. His paintings were also collected and kept in Royal Ontario Museum in Canada, Canadian and Malaysian Governments. He enjoys the rare distinction of already having one of his paintings accepted by the Royal Ontario Museum, ranked among world top ten museums. He is the only surviving artist whose artwork is in collection of the museum.

Lok Tok Profile

Lok Tok, International famous artist, now resident in Canada, he is the student and godson of China most famous contemporary artist Xu Bei-Hong.

1928 He was born in Penang state of Malaya’s (now Malaysia). Ancestor origin of Fujian Huian. He studied in Chung Ling High School. His father Mr. Loh Cheng Chuan was a famous art collector among Malayans and Singaporeans, who had established the Malaysia’s Penang Arts Society, and was the god brother of Xu Bei-Hong.

1941 He studied arts with Xu Bei-Hong.

1947 He enrolled into BeiPing Arts Academy and studied under Xu Bei-Hong, Qi Bai-Shi, Li Ke-Ran, Huang Bin-Hong, Wu Zuo-Ren, Jiang Zhao He and other China most prominent contemporary artists.

1951 He graduated from Centre Arts College. After graduation he remained in Beijing to work in arts related jobs.

1956 He was selected to be member of Chinese Artists Association where he worked on arts education and evaluation.

1978 He was a resident in Hong Kong. He established “Bei Hong Gallery”, and taught Chinese painting in Hong Kong Chinese Cultural University.

1993, He was invited to join the “International Art Fair” held in Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and was jointly invited by Canadian High Commissioner, Toronto and Hong Kong Municipal Council to hold exhibition on the topic of “Father and Son”.

1996 He was selected to participate in the “Oh! Canada Project – Arts for the Nation” held at the Art Gallery of Ontario (formerly known as the Art Gallery of Toronto). It was a special exhibition to commemorate the contribution of the famous “Group of Seven” to the visual arts in Canada.

2002 The Canadian government held Royal Winter Harvest Grand Exhibition at Ontario International Centre, He and his son Lok Yi-Tong were invited to hold an art exhibition at the Presidential and VIP Halls.

2003 He was invited to be the Chief Judge for Water Painting Special Exhibition of the United State of America to commemorate its 40th Anniversary.

* He lectured and held exhibitions in the University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, University of Minnesota, Rochester Institute of Technology, Omega Institute in New York, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the Minneapolis Museum, and academy institutes in Malaysia and Thailand etc..

* His paintings are in the permanent collection of The Royal Ontario Museum and the Canadian and Malaysian National Collections. He enjoys the rare distinction of already having one of his paintings accepted by the Royal Ontario Museum. He is the only surviving artist whose artwork is in collection of the museum.

* His painting style is unique, full of contemporary feel; his painting topic is broad, including animals, landscapes, people and flowers. He specialised in horse painting, in which he had created a new dimension and uplifted it to a higher level.

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