I first came across a beautifully framed Hu Yong Kai print while shopping near Golden Sands beach resort in Penang. Not exactly a place to find a Chinese painting shop but there it was sandwiched between the endless number of souvenir shops.
If you love the movie "In the mood for love" starring the enigmatic Maggi Cheung and Tony Leung, you would appreciate a Hu Yong Kai painting. He studied at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing and was later an art director at the Shanghai Animation Studios in the 60's.
I love the way he combines the classic charm of a lady from the Eastern world and the exciting allure of a woman in modern times. This picture of Shanghainese ladies in the 60's adds a touch of oriental glam to the corner of my balcony.