Born in 1980, Dr Chui Pui-Chee studied at the Department of Fine Arts of The Chinese University of Hong Kong before taking up postgraduate studies at the Department of Chinese Calligraphy of China Academy of Art. Chui currently teaches calligraphy at United College, CUHK and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Competent in a wide range of scripts, Dr Chui's calligraphy exerts a dynamic and vigorous quality, while his painting derives from the structure of calligraphic fundamentals.
This particular piece depicts swarms of mosquitoes, sprawled in ink across four panels of scroll-like silk paintings. Inspired by the experiences of young scholars in ancient China who, when pursuing government jobs were forced to stay in low-end accommodation in rooms filled with mosquitos, Friends of Humble Chamber XIX is based on the idea that one must face hardship in order to succeed. Rather than becoming frustrated with the insects, the scholars found that the mosquitos eventually ended up becoming their companions, and helped them in their battle with loneliness.
In 2012, Dr Chui received the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards' Young Artist Award. His artworks have been acquired by the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Oxford, as well as private collectors.