Dong Kingman (1911-2000)
“Dong Kingman is recognized as one of the premier watercolor masters in America and a pioneer of the California school of painting.
Born in Oakland, California as Dong Moy Shu, Mr. Kingman returned to Hong Kong with his family at age five. There, at the Lingnan School, he studied painting with a Paris-trained teacher.
When he returned to Oakland in 1929, he already excelled at calligraphy and watercolor painting; however, he enrolled at a local art school to further his studies. A solo exhibition in San Francisco in 1936 elevated him to national recognition.
In the decades that followed, Mr. Kingman became the recipient of every major award for watercolors, including two Guggenheim Fellowships (1942/1943), a Metropolitan Museum of Art Award (1975) and the American Watercolor Society’s Dolphin Medal (1987).
Dong Kingman’s work is represented in the permanent collections of 50 museums and universities, including the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Hirshhorn Museum, Art Institute of Chicago and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.”
— excerpt from San Francisco State University College of Creative Arts bio.
— Watercolor Masters: Dong Kingman © 2010 Greg Conley —