Serene Chinese Landscape

by Stephen Won H. Lowe (1938- 1975) 

This is one of three monumental landscape paintings in the Club’s collection by Chinese-Canadian artist, Stephen Won H. Lowe.
Born in China, Stephen Lowe (Lau Wan Hang) displayed a natural inclination toward art, poetry and music at an early age.  While in his teens, Stephen enrolled at the Lingnan School of Art in Hong Kong, acclaimed at the time as the leading school of modern Chinese art. Under the direction of Professor Chao Shao-an, a master artist from China, Stephen formed a solid basis for his artistic technique founded on Chinese tradition and his love for the natural beauty of the country.  He eventually immigrated to Canada and from his art studio in Victoria, shared his vision of China with people from all over the world.  He was noted for his superb brush technique and atmospheric settings, hallmarks of his delicate and sensitive watercolour interpretations of flowers, birds and landscapes.
During his short life, he held 23 one-man shows, including exhibitions at the Provincial Museum of British Columbia and at the United Nations in New York. In addition, Stephen taught at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and privately for many years and, on occasion, at the University of Victoria. In 1970 Stephen and his wife Eunice were invited by the Empress Hotel in Victoria to open their first gallery. Four years after Stephen’s untimely passing, Eunice and her family opened the second Stephen Lowe Art Gallery in 1979 in Calgary, Alberta, where it has flourished under the directorship of their eldest daughter Anna and her husband Allen.
In 1985, the government of China invited and sponsored a memorial exhibition of his work, which toured four major cities in China including the National Gallery in Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai and Guangzhou until 1986. The shows received critical acclaim across China and his work remains much in demand today both in China and North America.

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