Poon Tai To 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.
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.