CHAN Billy Ping-Kwong, also known as Shou Ren, was born in Hong Kong in 1938. He learnt about Chinese classics and calligraphy from his uncle. Since graduating from high school, he studied under the Lingnan master Chao Shaoan. He held his first solo show at the age of 20. Chan also studied under Deng Fen. In the 1950s, he followed Deng and others and embarked on a cultural exchange with other artists. In the 1960s, he began travelling Europe extensively and experimented with other painting techniques. He moved to Australia in the 1970s.
With other fellow painters Szeto Kei and Yau Bing-Leung, Chan was one of the founders of the Village Artists Association and was an invited speaker at Kyung Hee University in Korea and St. John’s University in New York City. Chan’s paintings were shown in the United States, Australia, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Holland, Sweden, Hong Kong and elsewhere.
Chan values the act of art creation and appreciation. He believes that art is a medium for expressing one’s aesthetics, and a way of cultivating one’s appreciation for the natural world.
Produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.