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Constance Chang

1918 in Nantong, Jiangsu province, China
1918: Nantong, Jiangsu province, China
1927: Nanjing, China
1936: Shanghai, China
1948: Hong Kong, China
1974- present: San Francisco, CA
1928-1936: Takes introductory painting course at Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou.
1937-1948: Takes a class at Southwest Academy of Art, Chengdu.
1961-1967: Studied painting under masters Chao Shao-an, Wong Po-yeh, and Lui Shou-kwan.
Selected Work:
Banana Flower, 1980’s. Ink and color on paper, 58 ¾ x 31 ¾ in.
Islands and Birds, 1970’s. Ink and colors on paper, 12 ¾ x 26 ¼ in
Artist Bibliography:
Cahill, James (Foreword) and Lee, So Kam Ng. Reflections in Ink: The Paintings of Constance Chang (1996)
Li, Chu-tsing and He. The Elegant Lotus: The Art and Life of Chang Shangpu (Constance Chang) (2004), Asian Art Museum-Chong Lee Center of Asian Art.
Kam Ng Lee, So. Reflections in Ink: The Paintings of Constance Change. Hong Kong: Wilsted & Taylor, 1996.
Li, Chu-tsing, and He Li. The Elegant Lotus: the art and life of Chang Shangpu (Constance Chang). San Francisco: New Asian Press, 2004.
Over her lengthy career as an artist Constance Chang (Chang Shangpu) endured the second Sino-Japanese war, civil war in China, and the relocation of her family; yet, none of which hindered her creativity. As an artist, singer, dancer, actress and art gallery owner Chang is a truly unique individual. After an early career in acting in the nineteen thirties and forties Chang went to Hong Kong where she immersed herself in the local art scene. It is also where she met and trained with masters Chao Shao-an, Wong Po-yeh and Lui Shou-kwan in the traditional style of Chinese ink painting. Convinced that the future of Chinese painting is the integration of old traditional styles and modern Western techniques, Chang began to abstract her painting to develop her own style. In 1987 Chang was named honorary member of the Chinese Artist Association, Zhejiang Branch.
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