Now I have the opportunity to examine closely the works of the man.
What a lively man! Such an eye for the character of place and a situation. Such masterly placement of his shapes. Such playful application of his colours. He can tease out the glow and caress into being the many nuences of the surface of skin and bark and stones. His clouds whisper. The leaves he brushes rustle. His water dances and excites. All these expressed with swift deft strokes.
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Dong Kingman (Chinese: 曾景文, 31 March 1911 - 12 May 2000) was a Chinese American artist and one of America's leading watercolor masters. As a painter on the forefront of the California Style School of painting, he was known for his urban and landscape paintings as well as his graphic design work in the Hollywood film industry. He has won widespread critical acclaim and his works are included in over 50 public and private collections worldwide, including Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Brooklyn Museum; deYoung Museum and Art Institute, Chicago.
Dong Kingman was born Dong Moy Shu in Oakland, California, the son of Chinese
immigrants from Hong Kong. At the age of five, he travelled with his family back to Hong Kong where his father established a dry goods business. He began his formal education at the Bok Jai School, where he was given a school name in accordance with Chinese customs. Hearing that he aspired to be an artist, his instructor gave him the name "King Man" (lit. "scenery" and "composition" in Cantonese). He would later combine the two names into Kingman, placing his family name first in accordance with Chinese naming conventions, creating the name Dong Kingman.