Hai Shuet Yeung is a prolific painter, and has been a British resident since 1969. Hundreds of paintings created by this Grimsby-based artist show the progression and evolution of his style, from the classical and scholarly, to abstract expressionist.
In 2008 he was awarded an MBE for services to art and the community. He said he was proud to pick up the award from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. He sees the award as recognition of his attempt to build a bridge between the two cultures through his art: “Western watercolour, oil painting and Chinese art; both, they’ve got a lot of space to develop in. But I have been considering how about theses two different kinds of culture; two different art ideas; technical, material, maybe become a combination. Mix it up. So I have done it. Oil painting, water colour it ‘s all mixed up now.”
Hai Shuet Yeung’s work thus represents a significant point of departure for modern painting, and not only in a Chinese context. The images that he seems to create with wonderful ease have an astonishingly varied vocabulary, layers of meaning and significance, and command a universal appeal. Hai Shuet Yeung has been set apart from his contemporaries, who are known for variations on Guohua, the traditional Chinese painting, by endeavouring to refresh and renew media techniques, as well as the subject matter of his painting.
This site is a showcase of his many different painting styles and methods.