Trio - WONG Kam Luen

Trio - WONG Kam Luen

三人行必有我師 黃錦綸

Mr. WONG Kam Luen’s painting Trio is indeed intriguing. It was love at first sight for the hostess of East Cottage and Trio was quickly added to her collection. “It features chrysanthemums, one of the four plants known as the ‘Four Gentlemen’ in Chinese art,” she said. “The flowers are leaning on a wine bottle covered with drawings of lofty mountains and flowing water, implying a noble friendship. In the painting are also three wine glasses but only two crabs, missing the self in the Trio - a profound insight on modesty.” The arrangement of the three glasses warrants more thoughts.  This is not a form of perspective drawing.  It was the painter’s deliberate attempt to depict one’s insignificance compared to his teachers by arranging the largest one at the back.   It could also imply that teachers are not ranked by seniority. This is undoubtedly a rare piece of Chinese painting that combines form with content.

原來黃錦綸老師的「三人行必有我師」畫作頗有玄妙之處。東籬軒主看後,馬上收藏。她說:“畫面有“四君子”之一的菊花,高山流水的酒瓶,寓意君子之交。三隻酒杯,兩隻螃蟹,無我,卻有我師,意境深遠,虛懷若谷。“又,三隻酒杯,小杯在前,大杯在後,非透視之效果,而是畫家特意爲之,我小師大,也可寓意師無前後。實在是一幅難得的形意合璧之作。

題字: 三人行必有我師