The name behind the gallery ...
(1938 - 1975)
Born in China, Stephen Lowe (Liu Yunheng) displayed a natural inclination toward art,
poetry and music at an early age. While in his teens, Stephen enrolled at the Lingnan
School of Art in Hong Kong, acclaimed at the time as the leading school of modern Chinese
art. Under the direction of Professor Zhao Shaoang, a master artist from China, Stephen
formed a solid basis for his artistic technique founded on Chinese tradition and his love
for the natural beauty of the country. He eventually immigrated to Canada and from his art
studio in Victoria, shared his vision of China with people from all over the world through
his delicate and sensitive watercolour interpretations of flowers, birds and landscapes.
During his short life, he held 23 one-man shows, including exhibitions at the Provincial Museum
of British Columbia and at the United Nations in New York. In addition, Stephen taught at the Art
Gallery of Greater Victoria and privately for many years and, on occasion, at the University of
Victoria. In 1970 Stephen and his wife Eunice were invited by the Empress Hotel in Victoria
to open their first gallery. Four years after Stephen's untimely passing, Eunice and her family
carried on his legacy to Calgary by opening the second Stephen Lowe Art Gallery in 1979 where it
has flourished under the directorship of their eldest daughter Anna and her husband Allen.
In 1985, the government of China invited and sponsored a memorial exhibition of his work, which
toured four major cities in China including the National Gallery in Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai
and Guangzhou until 1986. The shows received critical acclaim across the country.
Through the legacy of his art and the memories of those who knew and loved him, the remembrance
of a great artist and gentle soul will live forever.
Anna Lowe Lam and Allen Lam, and their associates, have developed Calgary's Stephen Lowe Art Gallery
from specializing in Asian fine art to representing distinguished artists from across Canada and the
United States. Featuring outstanding original oils, acrylics, and watercolours, the gallery also
displays an impressive collection of art glass, ceramics, steel and stone sculpture.
Today the Stephen Lowe Art Gallery is proud to bring art lovers the finest in traditional and contemporary
fine art. Visit our gallery located downtown, in Bow Valley Square. Our staff is friendly, knowledgeable and experienced.