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KINGMAN, Dong (1911-2000) American
Watercolor on Paper
"Inter-Continental Bali Beach Hotel Rendering"
(22.0" x 30.0") ca.1964


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Inter-Continental Bali Beach Hotel, Sanur, Bali, Indonesia 1964

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Note: Artwork Photographed with its Glass Frame
Dong Kingman (1911-2000) Watercolor on Paper (22" x 30")




Artist:           Dong Kingman (1911-2000), American

Title:            "Inter-Continental Bali Beach Hotel, in Sanur, Bali, Indonesia" (Commissioned Rendering, Commercial, Hotel opened in 1966)

Date:            ca. 1964/1965

Medium:      Water Color

Materials:     Paper

Markings:     Signed, lower right corner “D. Kingman

Dimensions: 22” x 30”

Framed:        Yes, item has remained in the original frame when presented to the Board of Directors of Inter-Continental¹ of how the new exterior would view of the Hotel after the completion, as rendered by Mr. Kingman.

Provenance:  Neal Prince Trust u/a/d 10.18.1999

Mr. Neal Prince

Mr. Neal Prince and Mr. Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.¹

Mr. Dong Kingman, Artist



Footnote¹:             Once the presentation was completed, it was custom at the time to discard the renderings once the Hotel was completed. Mr. Prince retained this rendering from destruction by acquiring this original artwork for his own archives.


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Dong Kingman (1911-2000), American

Mr., Kingman was born in Oakland, California. His father was a Chinese immigrant who worked as a laundryman and dry goods merchant. The family returned to Hong Kong when the artist was a child. There he studied traditional painting and calligraphy, as well as European styles, and worked briefly in an architectural drafting office and with a motion picture company. His early ambition was to direct films. He returned to United States during the Depression and supported his painting by working in his brother's factory and as a houseboy for a San Francisco family. After a successful first show of watercolors in 1933 he joined the Works Progress Administration for five years while also teaching at the Academy of Advertising Arts in San Francisco. In 1940, the Metropolitan Museum of Art bought one of Mr., Kingman's paintings, and later two more. His New York solo debut was at Midtown Gallery in 1942. In the same year he was awarded the first of two Guggenheim Fellowships. After serving in the Army during World War II, he moved to New York, where he taught at Columbia University and Hunter College, and at the Famous Artist School in Westport, Conn. Mr. Kingman also showed with Wildenstein and Hammer Galleries in New York, but magazines and films expanded his audience. He did many illustrations, including covers for Time, Life and Saturday Review of when he was introduced to Mr. Neal Prince and Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. His urban scenes have a cheered in 1954 while on a cultural exchange program sponsored by the State Department. The scroll was published in Life. He also painted mood-setting scenes for films like "Flower Drum Song"-1961 and "55 Days at Peking"-1963, and was technical and promotional adviser for "The World of Suzie Wong"-1960. The paintings appeared in the films or were records of production. In a 1997 book on Mr. Kingman is peppered with photographs of the artist posing beside Hollywood celebrities. In 1964, Mr. Prince contacted Mr. Kingman in a water color rendering of one of their newly Hotels in Bali, Indonesia. Mr. Kingman accepted the Commerical work which became a great success with the Board of Directors of Inter-Continental Hotel.  Once the presentation was completed, it was custom at the time to discard the renderings once the Hotel was completed. Mr. Prince retained this rendering from destruction by acquiring this original artwork for his own archives. This item has been held by Mr. Prince since that time. In 1981, The Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China arranged a show of his paintings in Beijing. The Taipei Fine Arts Museum in Taiwan organized "40 Years of Watercolors by Dong Kingman" in 1994; in 1999 a retrospective was organized by the Taichung provincial Museum in Taiwan. Another retrospective was schedule to tour in the United States from 2000-2001. In 2000, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences organized an exhibition of his film-related work. Paintings by Mr. Kingman are owned by the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and are in Private Collections, such as Mr. Prince's Estate Trust.  

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