Po Shun Leong is a British artist born in 1941, raised in the middle of the war, that after all, lead him to create art furniture and masterpieces until the modern days.
“When the sirens screamed in London during the Second World War, we headed underground for the deep shelters to avoid German bombs. To escape the dangers in 1944, my father sent me as a 3 year old child to live with a carpenter in the countryside until the end of the war. ” says Po Shun Leong. The dramatic episode was the reason why he had the chance to learn to work with wood and get all the skills necessary to produce amazingly detailed pieces.
“The carpenter had a hobby of making model ocean liners. One of them, a majestically long vessel filled his small parlour. When he carved the complex wood pieces, I crouched beside the liner and rolled marbles along the enclosed decks and into the maze of its inner chambers. Mr. Page and his wife were a childless couple and became very attached to me. When my parents came to collect me at the end of the war, Mrs Page was devastated and had a nervous breakdown.”
In 1964 the artist immigrated to Mexico after receiving an architecture degree cum laude in London from the Architectural Association. The following 16 years he designed department stores, schools and homes and produced low-cost furniture. His architectural models were important for clients to decide whether to make the projects possible.
You can work on wood indefinitely, strip it down and start all over again. Fifty-eight years later in California, that model wartime liner is still there to haunt his art.
His works are represented by Gallery ALL.
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