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Stephen Lowe

(1938 - 1975)

Born in China, Stephen Lowe (Lau Wan Hang) 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 Chao Shao-an, 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 immagrated 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.

Since 1979, Anna and Allen Lam, and their associates, have developed Calgary's Stephen Lowe Art Gallery from specializing in oriental fine art to representing distinguished artists from across Canada and the United States. Featuring outstanding original oils, acrylics, watercolours, and pastels, the gallery also displays an impressive collection of glass, raku, ceramic, 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 informal gallery, conveniently located downtown in Bow Valley Square, or let us bring our art directly to your office or home. Our staff is friendly, knowledgeable and experienced.