Cheng-Wu Fei (1914 - 2001) was a Chinese painter who studied under Xu Beihong in the Jiagsu province. Xu Beihong was primarily known for his Chinese ink paintings of horses and birds and was one of the first Chinese artists to articulate the need for artistic expressions that reflected a modern China at the beginning of the 20th century. He was also regarded as one of the first to create monumental oil paintings with epic Chinese themes in a highly accomplished 'Western' art technique.
Cheng-Wu Fei came to Great Britain in 1947 on a British Council scholarship to further purse studies of art. Here he gave up Western style of painting for the traditional Chinese style. He met his wife while in Britain who was also an artist Zhang Qianying and settle in London.
These two Chinese ink and colour paintings entitled 'Parrot and Magnolia' and 'Chicken and Hens' were painted by Cheng-Wu Fei in the 1960s. The labels on the back of each paintings show that they were sold through Rowland Ward's, a renowned sporting and natural history gallery in London famous for its taxidermy work on birds and large game trophies since Victorian times.
These paintings were Gift Aided donations to FARA New Kings Road.
Both pieces sold in Chiswick Auction's Fine Chinese Painting sale - LOT 489 for £550 on Monday 12th November. Please view the full auction catalogue here https://chiswickauctions.co.uk/catalogues/181112/