Gary Poon

poon_over birdsPoon Tai To (Gary Poon) was born in Mainland, China. At the tender age of five, he began the serious study of art under the tutelage of China’s famed Chao Shoa-An. He was considered the master of Ling-Nam school and the most versatile Chinese painter the last century has produced. Tai To quietly and meticulously learned the difficult and disciplined traditional Chinese bamboo brushwork. His progress was rapid. He won the governor of Hong Kong’s favor and had his first exhibit at the palace.

My subject matters is forceful, yet you see hope and expectancy. Scenes of soaring mountains peeing through gossamer clouds, while below tiny sampans slowly float their way down the winding river, A n egret perched atop a jagged cliff, surveying from his lonely watch the idyllic distance scene of lush meadows abloom with cherry blossoms. 
Exquisite is “Spring Sound” painted on Chinese silk… one lonely bird resting on a cherry branch, looking at his siblings.
The command of the brush in my paintings on silk fabric is derived directly from the practice of Chinese calligraphy.

I have learned for many long years from the works of acknowledged masters and the exact strokes of a conventional artistic vocabulary constituted an arduous apprenticeship.

My work employs Sumi, which means literally “throw-ink”.

Since the traditional silk fabric base is very absorbent, lines cannot be altered or diluted and as a skilled artist never repeats a line, it becomes impossible to tell when drawing ceases and painting begins.
You can reach Gary at his studio in Claremont at 909-893-3838, or online at

www.taipoon.com