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Martha Cheung

Updated: Feb 22

Hong Kong-born artist. Completely deviated from her artist trajectory, she graduated as a mathematician and chose to be in the manufacturing industry related to product design. During this time, she disguised her art-making within the industry. Thereafter, she started her fellowship with several renowned traditional and contemporary masters blurring the boundaries between traditional and contemporary Chinese ink painting.

Cultivated from her early passion in bird-and-flower and landscape paintings, her keen sensitivity to nature was developed through trips made around the globe. The emotional reflection of her works is subsequently drawn from the imagery of her travel through monumental landscapes. Cheung's meticulous brushwork and techniques share the same roots as primitive painters but lazed with contemporary thinking and conceptualization to express the ethereal feeling found in traditional Chinese paintings.

Throughout the years, she was invited to exhibit in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Changchun, Paris, Seoul, Kyoto and Belgrade.

She is currently the president of the Hong Kong Contemporary Creative Ink Painting Association, a member of the Hong Kong Artists Association, a member of the Hong Kong Modern Ink Painting Association, a member of the Hong Kong Four-dimensional Painting Association, and a member of the Hong Kong Yuan Painting Association.

In 2020, her series - "Qi" was selected into the Global 500 Ink Painting Exhibition, and "Qi" was selected into the Shi Jingyi Cup.


Qi Act ∙ 炁躍躍

Aesthetics as a branch of philosophy is increasingly detached from the visual representation in Art. Practitioners are fascinated by concepts and lack mastery of brush work. The merit in visualising 'Art' is being jeopardised by distorted conceptualisation and myriads of ideas in the contemporary society. Martha is one of the last defenders conserving Chinese painting style attempts to reflect a great degree of the culture's ideational presuppositions.

The subtle atmosphere created by oozing ink technique produces the other-worldly realm which echoes tranquil feeling found in traditional landscape paintings. The mineral colours are carefully composited to produce a rich coloured effect. Amongst the hazy 'Qi', fine lines and elaborate details


Qi Act ∙ 炁躍躍 1

Ink and colour on paper | 60 x 60 cm with Frame| 2021 |HKD9,800

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Qi Act ∙ 炁躍躍 2

Ink and colour on paper | 60 x 60 cm with Frame| 2021 |HKD9,800

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Qi Act ∙ 炁躍躍 3

Ink and colour on paper | 60 x 60 cm with Frame| 2021 |HKD9,800

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Qi Act ∙ 炁躍躍 4

Ink and colour on paper | 60 x 60 cm with Frame| 2021 |HKD9,800

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Samantha ∙ 止觀

Qi, defined as the vital force that sustains all fauna and flora on earth, undergoes and creates constant transformation. Like its fellow natural forces, Qi is not visible by the naked eyes but it is very much visible metaphysically- it is meant to be felt and imagined by us. Its existence and form are ever changing and do not conform to any one set of rules for how it should be like.

Coinciding to the feeling of love that dominates our life...


Samantha ∙ 止觀 1

Ink and color on paper | 60 x 60 cm with Frame| 2021 |HKD9,800

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Samantha ∙ 止觀 2

Ink and color on paper | 60 x 60 cm with Frame| 2021 |HKD9,800

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Samantha ∙ 止觀 3

Ink and color on paper | 60 x 60 cm with Frame| 2021 |HKD9,800

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Gathering ∙ 聚有時

Aestheticism of beauty, grace and dynamism is germinated here to create a focus of attitude, experience and perception that are seized by the dreamlike contemplation amongst the natural landscape. The Chinese deified use of black and white is texturized on the medium of Xuan paper and by the oozing technique. Rigid lines of the mountain reverberate with the rate of mist to haze over the landscape, turned into a surreal realm of timeless, spaceless multiverse.

In this series, Martha approached her paintings with an objective of expressing her inner self, the sombre expressions from her interior is projected onto the exterior of the monumental landscape. Despite the use of sombre theme, throughout this series, shades of subdued colour are building up like condensation of the water cycle to express the silver lining.


Gathering ∙ 聚有時 1

Ink and colour on paper | 46 x 42 cm with Frame| 2021 |HKD8,800

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Gathering ∙ 聚有時 2

Ink and colour on paper | 46 x 42 cm with Frame| 2021 |HKD8,800

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Gathering ∙ 聚有時 3

Ink and colour on paper | 46 x 42 cm with Frame| 2021 |HKD8,800

Exhibit with frame


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