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Seeking info on "lost" Hong Kong artist painter

Greetings from Canada,


You might be our last hope as you are located directly in Hong Kong  and I am also hoping your readers might help us too, in order to find information about Mr. F. c. Cheung or C. Cheung (At an earlier stage of his life). We have eight oil paintings we strongly believe to be from the same man. Three earlier ones signed "c. cheung" and five later signed "F.c. cheung". It seems most all of his work is known of his later 1960 to mid 1970's signed "F.c. cheung" paintings mostly all on canvas. A few are for sale right now in small art galleries in Hawaii and England. Once in a while a private sale occurs on the internet. The style of painting is called ABSTRACT REALISM.

After alot of personnal research on the internet, contacting some private owners and contacting art galleries, even trying through the Chinese Embassy for Canada which we had no reply, this is what we currently know about this undeservingly obscure man:

Born in or around 1900 ~ 1910 (Presumed deceased at this time), he lived all his life in or near Hong Kong. He apparently painted for at least 50 years. All his know work subjects are scenes of the Hong Kong harbour and chinese junks. He was very productive and his work was picked up by many English art exporters for their simple beauty. It is rumored some of his works were exposed in a good gallery in South England in the 1960's. His work was sold in North and South America, Great Britain and Australia that we know.

This was on the back of an Fc Cheung painting (Not one of ours).Did Cheung share a Gallery with a Chau?:

"Blue Sky Arts, manufacturers and exporters of all kinds of best quality original oil paintings, frames, chinese scrolls and art craft."

Shop 140, "Cheung Chau Gallery", Deck 1, Ocean Terminal Shopping Arcade, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Ph # : 3-6779943 (Most likely no longer valid)

There is a reason why this mysterious man's works sold so well; they are simply unmatched in that style and presentation. The attachment photos  do not truly pay justice to these. One needs to see them up close to appreciate them.

My wife and I would very much like to immortalize the work of a great Chinese painter that truly deserves it. We are dedicated in creating a web site where many of our fellow Cheung art appreciators could come and post their own paintings. A website dedicated to C. Cheung/ F.C. Cheung.

Is it possible to locate a death certificate, pictures of the man, remaining relatives or any other information? 

Again we believe he was Born c. Cheung and that later on, in order to help differentiate himself, added the capital "F" to his name. Adding surnames or suffixes In China was popular at that time we know. We might be wrong but the works have too many shared distinctive styles, execution and colours and a signature expert told us that the early "C. Cheung" signatures look like someone just starting to learn to sign his name and that both signatures are very similar and quite possibly from the same hand. We speculate he indeed might have been told at some point (1950's?) to sign his work in English for exporting sales appeal. If no records exists, I would first ask older painters in Hong Kong's art district if they remember F.c. Cheung. We cannot believe this talented and productive artist is destined to total obscurity. He was still painting up until the mid 1970's that we know; surely someone in the art world of Hong Kong still remembers him.

CAN YOU HELP US IMMORTALIZE F.C. CHEUNG, A CHINESE MAN THAT GAVE SO MUCH BEAUTY TO THE ENGLISH COMMONWEALTH WORLD TO APPRECIATE?

My wife and I and many other proud owners of the late Mr. Cheung's work I am sure, would like to THANK YOU in advance for any help and information you could provide us. In the meantime we are keeping hope we will eventually honour a truly talented Chinese artist who gave many of the world the sights and beauty of a truly exotic place.

Best Regards,

 

 

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I have followed the instructions to upload photos several times to no avail.

Sorry I have tried to load these several times following the instructions without success. I have emailed them to petelepine@hotmail.com

Thanks

Pauline

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20190203_122323.jpg, by Pauline Tucker
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20190203_122338.jpg, by Pauline Tucker

Thanks for showing the painting of the old fisherman. Very nice  indeed!!

If it was signed by C. Cheung, it is surely from C. Cheung. At best, we can imagine that is the name more or less of a master, or even the master of a group of painter-workers who mass-produced paintings in which 'C. Cheung' is used as a brand name. It is true we are a bit hard to know about the confusion!

Regards

Tung

 

When an artist gets really happy about his work done, he will sign his signature in a very serious manner just like a note of confirmation about his fame and authenticity. That has to be consistent in style and size (or in proportion), cleanly done to be identifyable, and never with an almost dried-out brush or pen. It is often done as a most careful manner without urgency.

Now you are the judge...

Regards

Tung

 

This is just an observation and don't know if it holds true, but it appears that C. Cheung signed his artwork on the left and FC Cheung signed his on the right.  BTW I just love Pauline's latest piece of art.  It is beautiful.

 

I have also aquired a pinting by this rtist and signature and style matches exactly to paintings here..

Hi , my name is Jason and I’ve bought these 2 pieces and just love them I agree that he is seriously under rated and  at present , undiscovered , though not for long ,these 2 paintings seem to me to be from the same artist and were bought from the same collector , however as you can see one has a pre anglicised signature while the other clearly signed in the anglicised C Cheung , I hope this helps to get this artist the recognition he clearly deserves!

I've had a C. Cheung painting for quite some time. It was given to me by my father who had purchased it in Hong Kong some time in the 1960's. I to have been searching for inforamtion on this artist as the painting is rather Large - 58 inch by 28 inchs. Here is a picuter of this painting. 

 

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IMG_7952.jpg, by C. Cheung

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