kwing-wing POON 潘 烱 榮 ( 水 禾 田 )
b. 1 9 4 8 ( B o r n i n G u a n g d o n g , C h i n a )
Multidisciplinary artist Poon Kwing Wing (b. 1944), has a strong visual sense and an openness to exploring different mediums and styles throughout his long career as an artist. Also known under his pen name Water Poon, he possesses a keen understanding of the power of simplicity and restraint in creating impactful artwork. For more than half a century, this largely self-taught artist has been practicing the art of Chinese ink painting in Hong Kong and beyond. In his Chinese watercolors, he frequently employs a minimalist approach, using a restricted palette, the color wash technique, and a few defining brushstrokes. This technique allows him to convey a sense of calm or tranquillity in his paintings.
Poon's artistic career is best described as diverse and dynamic. As a keen amateur photographer, he first gained recognition as a young design apprentice billboard painter at the Shaw Brothers studios while still in his teens, where he broke new ground in Hong Kong with his innovative approach to poster design, incorporating actual photographs and film stills. After working as a photojournalist for Chinese Readers Digest, Poon adopted the more professional and English-sounding pen names "Water" and "Shui Wo Tin (水禾田)", playful renderings of his Chinese surname. His photography has been exhibited throughout Asia, becoming the first photographer to exhibit photographs of Taipei in Beijing and photographs of Beijing in Taipei. In addition to photography, he also ventured into documentary filmmaking and won numerous international awards.