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Kam Cheong Ling (1911-1991) - Mid 20th Century Watercolour, Harbour Scene

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A very fine watercolour study from Chinese artist Kam Cheong Ling (1911-1991). The artist has depicted a bustling harbour scene, filled with sailing boats and port workers. Kam Cheong Ling was one of the very first artists to take on western style painting in his hometown of Macau, China, and it's highly likely this harbour scene depicts the port of Macau. He is best known for his works in watercolours and pencil, which he used before transferring his compositions onto canvas.

He painted the city of Macu for over 30 years between 1950 and 1970, capturing the everyday life of the urban city. Kam's work is considered an important legacy in the progression of Chinese art, as his style shows a strong western influence. This influence comes from his student days, where he spent hours under the influence of his master Choi Veng Cheng. In Kam's work, influences of George Chinnery and George Smirnoff can also be recognized, as these two western artists also painted Macau.

Signed. On watercolour paper.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration and minor foxing. Various closed tears to the outer edges of the paper. The largest measures 4cm.


33.9 x 50cm (13.3" x 19.7")
Sheet: 36.7 x 52.2cm (14.4" x 20.6")

Artist Biography

Born in Xinhui, in the Guangdong province, Kam arrived in Macau during 1954 after spending time in Hong Kong. He was a highly influential artist, accepted into the Yu Un Association of Chinese Painters and Calligraphists, of which he was a founding member. Kam also had a hand in the creation of Macau's Fine Arts Academy, where he taught watercolour painting from the 50's until the 70's.

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Code pt103
Artist Kam Cheong Ling (1911-1991)
Date Mid 20th Century
Dimensions 33.9 x 50cm
Framed No
Medium Watercolour
Style Realism
Subject Abstract
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