Goodbye to Our Friend Kwan Jung

Posted April 01 2016

We had the pleasure of working with artist Kwan Jung when he came and filmed one of our first DVDs here at Creative Catalyst Production. We were sad to hear of his passing and wanted to share his obituary here.

Kwan Jung

Kwan graduated from New Asia College, the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a B.A. degree in painting in 1961.  He married Yee Wah Yip also an artist in 1962. They moved to San Diego, California in 1963.  At one time, they joined many local art societies such as The San Diego Art Institute, The San Diego Art Guild, The San Diego Watercolor Society, the Watercolor West etc. and were active locally.

Kwan did post graduate studies in San Diego State University in 1968-1969.  He has become a member of The National Watercolor Society in 1970; member of The American Watercolor Society in 1976; and has been listed in the Who's Who in American Art.

Born in China 1932 from a Chinese American family, watercolorist Kwan Jung earned a BA degree in painting from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and did graduate work at the San Diego State University.  He lives and works in San Diego, CA.  He has taught at the University California San Diego, Crafton Hill College and at White Rock Summer School of Fine Art in B.C. Canada. He is the author of the book “Chinese Brush Painting, Step by Step” which has been translated into French and German. He is better known for his American abstract landscape paintings.  He is featured in the video workshop, "Chinese Brush Painting with Kwan Jung" by Creative Catalyst Productions.

Exhibitions include the Edward Dean Museum of Decorative Art, Hong Kong City Hall, Chinese University of Hong Kong, United States International University San Diego, Mira Costa College Oceanside, CA., San Diego Chinese Historical Museum., Earl Birdie Taylor Library , CA., Springfield College Art Gallery., Art Center of Rancho Santa Fe, CA., and Huney Gallery . His work is included in the collections of the Springville Museum of Art, Utah., Hickory Museum of Fine Art, NC., San Diego Chinese Historical Museum., Pui Ying Scahool Historical Museum, China, IBM Corporation, New York., General Atomics, San Diego., PharMingen, San Diego., Sun-Telegram Newspaper, CA., Cedar City College,  Utah State University and the San Bernardino Art Association, CA.  He is listed in Who’s Who in American Art; who’s Who in the West and Who’s Who in America.