Kwok Wai Chau
Kwok Wai Chau, born in Hong Kong in 1954, moved to Australia in 1991, obtained citizenship, and later returned to Hong Kong. Educated in Hong Kong and the UK, he became a qualified accountant and climbed the corporate ladder, serving as CEO of a listed company in Singapore and General Manager of another in Hong Kong. Passionate about Tai Chi, he has trained for 18 years and leads the Taiji Foundation Ltd. in Hong Kong, offering free classes. An avid sketch artist and watercolorist, Chau studied under renowned Hong Kong artist Kong Kai Ming. His post-retirement years saw frequent European travels, sketching historic architecture. However, travel restrictions from the COVID-19 outbreak turned his focus to watercolor, earning him multiple international accolades.
As a watercolor artist, I am deeply inspired by the beauty of the world and strive to capture the beauty and complexity of life through an impressionistic realism style, which allows me to capture the mood and atmosphere of a subject. My work is a reflection of my innermost thoughts and emotions, influenced by the Tai Chi Yin Yang principle of balance and harmony.
In my work, I play with the interplay of light and dark, use contrasting colors to create depth and vibrancy and use dynamic composition and soft and hard brushstrokes to create a sense of movement and energy. I believe that art should not only be visually pleasing but also evocative and thought-provoking and have an emotional impact on the viewer. Ultimately, my goal is to inspire others to embrace the beauty and wonder of the natural world and find peace and balance in the Yin and Yang of life.
I am fascinated by the fluidity and transparency of the watercolor medium and the ways in which it can transform even the most mundane objects into something truly remarkable. One of my favorite aspects of the artistic process is the element of chance. I embrace happy accidents, allowing the materials and techniques to guide me and bring unexpected beauty to my work. My inspiration comes from the world around me, and I am constantly seeking new ways to interpret and express the beauty of the natural world.
Through my art, I hope to convey a sense of peace and tranquility to the viewer. I believe that watercolor through its expressive and versatile nature has the power to evoke emotion and to transport us to another place and time. I hope to inspire others to take a moment to appreciate the world around them.