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Kan Tai-keung
Founder,
KL&K Design / Hong Kong, China
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As a world-renowned designer and artist,
Dr. Kan Tai-keung has earned numerous awards including the Hong Kong Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in 1979 and the Urban Council Design Grand Award in 1984; he was also the first Chinese citizen to be included in the 1995 “Who's Who in Graphic Design” of Switzerland. He was conferred the Honour of Bronze Bauhinia Star and the Honour of Silver Bauhinia Star in 1999 and 2010 respectively. In 2016, Kan was awarded HKDA Lifetime Honorary Award by Hong Kong Designers Association. At present, Kan is actively involved in educating and promoting art and design profession. He is now the Honorary Dean of the Cheung Kong School of Art and Design of Shantou University, a fellow member of Hong Kong Designers Association, a member of Chinese Committee of the Alliance Graphique Internationale, an advisor of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Honorary Advisor of Hong Kong Museum of Art. 

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2013 - Celebrating Paris (Poster)

With a theme of celebrating Paris, Eiffel Tower will come to people minds at once. It represents a forward-looking and innovative spirit of French Architecture. On the same hand, Chinese tower has an important role in the history of Chinese Architecture. They are blended and also made an “A” for “PARIS”. Other characters are written by ink; it is an assimilation of Parisian and Chinese arts.

2014 - Fusion (Poster)

The 2014 AGI annual convention is held at Sao Paulo and “Fusion” is the theme of the invitational creation by AGI members. The word “fusion” is translated to “融” in Chinese and I presented it through an integration of Chinese cursive script and landscape to form a calligraphic landscape. This original art style of mine revealed influences of the fusion of western and eastern culture to me in years. Accompany with “融”, “Fusion” is presented as a modern typography, each character is surrounded by multiple lanes of a sports field, to express the energetic and sports-loving culture in Sao Paolo.

2015 - Coexistence (Poster)

The 2015 AGI annual convention is held at Switzerland and “Coexistence” is the theme of the invitational creation by AGI members. A red cross symbolised Switzerland and I presented the Chinese character “共”, which means “together with” through a calligraphic landscape, to express the fusion and communication of culture. The landscape depicted the well-known snowy mountain of Switzerland, revealing thoughts of the symbolic relationship between human and nature.

2017 - Blow, Winds (Poster)

I was invited to join the “100 Wind, 100 Hope, Korea China Japan Cultural Olympic Art Poster” exhibition. A windmill composed by four Korean characters “바람” which means “wind” is readable from four sides. Mirroring and Opposite to each other, it shows the wind directions of north and south, accompany with a Chinese character “風” and English “Blowing Winds…” to express my thoughts of an impermanent life so as the blowing wind.

2017 - Yidan Prize (Logo)

The overall concept is formed by two Chinese characters: “一” and “丹”. “一” is created with the traditional ink wash painting technique, generating an Oriental aura. The geometric lines that go through this simple character form a door that leads to unlimited space. The red dot inside the door resembles a blooming lotus, which represents a loyal heart. It stands for the vision and big heart of an educationist’s commitment to building a better world through education.

2018 - Yidan Prize for Education Development and Education Research (Gold Medals)

For the Prize of Education Development, it is a growing pine and a human underneath looking far beyond the horizon on the medal front. It represents the developing education proficiency and an educator who continuously seeking for the means of education. On the back of the medal, an image of 20 flipping pages symbolised the 20 chapters in Analects of Confucius.

For the Prize of Education Research, a fruit-bearing pine and a resting human underneath represents an educator is enjoying his fruitful researches and consolidating to a deeper philosophy. On the back of the medal, an image of 13 flipping pages symbolised the Thirteen Classics of Confusion traditions.