Fifty years ago, for a Chi­nese painter in the West, there was no sup­port sys­tem and I had no en­cour­age­ment. But now, I feel that the con­di­tions are cor­rect, es­pe­cially with China be­ing so pros­per­ous and cre­at­ing many great re­cent artists.”

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and per­haps the most chal­leng­ing art form: ab­stract paint­ing.”

Around the found­ing of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China, Chow’s mother sent Chow and his sib­lings abroad, in ad­vance of a cas­cade of so­cial move­ments that would lay waste to his fam­ily’s for­tune and le­gacy.

Chow said his mother had many tal­ents deal­ing with life and skills to live in the world. “My ca­reer life is based half on my fa­ther and half on my mother,” Chow added.

In 1951, Chow went on his own to board­ing school in Eng­land in the bleak, war­rav­aged and food-ra­tioned coun­try, leav­ing a life of pam­pered op­u­lence.

Dif­fer­ent from the new rich sec­ond gen­er­a­tion 60 years later, Chow’s over­seas life started with a rude shock.

“I lost ev­ery­thing I loved or familiar. I found my­self an alien in an un­fa­mil­iar place. I felt like Oliver Twist,” Chow

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