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Anthony P Yim, MD

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Compared to most artists, Anthony came from an unusual background.  A medical graduate of both Cambridge and Oxford Universities, he pioneered the early development of keyhole surgery of the chest which revolutionized the way chest surgery is currently practised. He was awarded Doctor of Medicine (without examination) by Oxford in 1999 and became a Chair Professor of Surgery at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2002.


He developed Parkinson's Disease (a progressive neurodegenerative disorder) in the mid-2010s which forced him to give up surgery he loved. Instead of lamenting over his loss, he picked up painting and discovered his true passion in life was in art. With his usual self-determination, perseverance, highly innovative mindset, together with his long, extensive experience as a surgeon, he was able to see the world in a totally new perspective and expressed this in his art. He is daring in his exploration of new media which has become his style. These include Western calligraphy ink on cards, mirrors, glass, acrylic sheets, sand, rocks and most recently, fabrics.  To him, art is not just about the end product or the destination, but rather, more of a journey of self-cultivation, a vehicle to take one to rediscover, understand and accept oneself in search of one's true identity. His life philosophy is well reflected in his work. For example, his preference for using a shiny or reflective medium is to emphasize perspectives. He is one of very few artists who focus more on the process of creation rather than the end products.


In 2018, Anthony published his first art album, My Second Career containing over 200 pieces of his work. He has had many highly successful solo exhibitions.  His work can be seen in many public places like building, hotel, private club and university. True to his spirit, he continues to paint, write and lecture, as a living example to inspire others not to give up in the face of life adversities but embrace these challenges with grace as they come.

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