Francis YU Wai Luen 余偉聯
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Francis Yu Wai Luen went abroad to study art and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts from York University, Toronto, an Master of Arts degree in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in the theory and practice of painting at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. Yu taught at Hong Kong Art School between 2000 and 2008. He is now working as an Associate Professor at the Academy of Visual Arts of Hong Kong Baptist University. Yu’s artistic practice revolves around painting. He takes an interdisciplinary approach, developing his paintings through the synthesis of different art forms, and working with texts, images, objects and spaces in a continual interrogation of the painting process. He has undertaken a series of research projects to examine his conception of ‘total painting’. His creative outputs have been featured in twelve solo exhibitions and more than sixty group exhibitions over the last twenty years.
Painting can be characterised through the development of hand skills and the exploration embodied in the action of art making. Hand skills can be broad, they encompass an acknowledgement towards the world and a sense of understanding as well as awareness.