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Sing Hoo Yuen

Section 18, Lot 349
York Cemetery

Canadian Sculptor Sing Hoo was born in Canton, China on May 15, 1911. An internationally-know artist and sculptor, Sing Hoo was 14 when he arrived in Calgary from southern China in 1922. Prior to his graduation from the Ontario College of Art in 1933 he assisted his instructor, Emanuel Hahn (1881-1957), with the Sir Adam Beck Monument in Toronto. From 1934 to 1942 he worked at the Paleontology Department of the Royal Ontario Museum. Sing Hoo continued his studies in London, England, at both the Slade School of Fine Art (1937) and the Royal Academy of Art (1948). He was a member of the Ontario Society of Artists, the Sculptors Society of Canada, the Royal Canadian Academy of Art, and a fellow of the International Arts and Letters Club, Geneva. In both 1984 and 1992, he accepted invitations from the Chinese Government to lecture on Canadian art in China. He became a good friend of the now-famous Group of Seven and, in fact, was the one to introduce their works to Asians. He died in March, 2000 at the age of 91.


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