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A charming watercolour of shipping in Hong Kong Harbour looking east from the late 1940s or early 1950s. Ling captures the mood of the busy harbour with junks, sampans, a tug boat and a Jardine Matheson steamship. Signed, Ling.
According to the Macau Museum of Art Kam Cheong Ling was born in Hong Kong. He was working in Hong Kong in the early 1950s and moved to Macau in 1954 where he became a leading artist. He was a student of the accomplished artist Choi Veng Cheng. While living in Macau he probably came across the work of George Chinnery and George Smirnoff who both lived and painted watercolours of Macau in the 19th and 20th century. Ling has a fluid watercolour style. He was a founding member of Macau's Yu Un Association of Chinese Painters and Calligraphists, and was instrumental in the creation of Macau's Fine Arts Academy, where he taught watercolor painting from the 1950s until the 1970s.