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  • Sold Date: May 02, 2011
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Brother & Sister"1975 Swanson Art Gallery of San Francisco 23.25" x 19.50" Unframed Limited-Edition Serigraph Signed and Numbered 139/300 ARTIST: LO HING KWOK Later became known as: WAI MING PayPal Only. Payment required within three (3) days of auction close. Serigraph will be professionally packaged and shipped via USPS Priority Air, replete with tracking and insurance pre-paid. Shipping and handling is free of charge to Buyer/Winner. Good luck and may the smartest bidder win! WELCOME to this RARE, NO RESERVE, LOW STARTING BID / AUCTION STYLE opportunity to own an even rarer piece of prized art. PLEASE NOTE: Listed and renown artist WAI MING came to the USA in 1974 from his birthplace, Canton, China. When he arrived he painted under his original name, LO HING KWOK. This is easily verified at numerous sources online, but none more authoritative than the artist's own website: The LIMITED EDITION, SIGNED AND NUMBERED BY ARTIST serigraph being auctioned is titled "BROTHER AND SISTER". It is a crucial piece for several reasons. First, it is rare: one of only 300 that sold out in 1975. Second, Brother & Sister has become almost synonymous with the artist LO HING KWOK / WAI MING. It appears in all of the books and posters/prints of the original (not to be confused with lithographs and serigraphs) remain wildly popular today. Brother & Sister is even featured on WAI MING'S website. Third, it was painted purely by memories of the sad but hopeful poverty in the artist's native homeland. This is not a portrait. As WAI MING flourished in the USA, many of his subjects-- often children-- became more joyful and curious. This piece clearly reflects the drama of family life in the impoverished, rural areas of China. Finally, both the ORIGINAL OIL ON CANVAS and this LIMITED EDITION SERIGRAPH contain the RARE and COLLECTIBLE SIGNATURE of LO HING KWOK. Again, he later adopted his current name: WAI MING. For nearly 40 years this piece has been displayed in a SUNLESS, SMOKE-FREE environment. It has been under protective glass and professionally framed since it was first sold at SWANSON ART GALLERY in SAN FRANCISO, CA in 1975. The condition is perfect. The piece is very valuable and a definitive component of the vast and celebrated WAI MING portfolio. Its starting, NO RESERVE bid is A FRACTION of retail, market, and insured value. Please feel free to research this information to learn that you may bid with absolute confidence. BROTHER & SISTER is a must-have addition to any LO HING KWOK / WAI MING collection. It is perfect for a home gallery, office, lobby, or Asian motif. This is a pampered piece of art and please provide an equally loving new home! Thank you to all visitors, and GOOD LUCK to all bidders! We are happy to answer any and all questions promptly and fully. We will post all questions and answers for the convenience of other prospective bidders. THIS IS FROM THE ARTIST'S WEBSITE AT: :

Wai Ming's original oil paintings and fine art reproductions, mainly of oriental subjects, are admired and collected by people throughout the world, including the famous and foreign dignitaries. Seldom has the impact of an artist been so immediate as that of Wai Ming on his arrival in San Francisco from Hong Kong in 1974. His artistic sensitivity is combined with a startling realism that has caught the attention of the public. His four paintings that he displayed at Swanson Art Gallery in San Francisco for the first time in 1975 were all sold within the first day. Not only has the demand for his work grown steadily, but he is acknowledged by many as one of the Bay Area's leading artist.

Wai Ming was born in Canton in 1938, the son of a school master with nine children. Extremely poor as a child, he was raised in Hong Kong enduring many hardships. There, Wai Ming developed his drawing techniques without any art education and began painting what he saw.

Though self-taught, Wai Ming paints with a rare professionalism which makes an important social statement.