Dong King-Man is a Chinese-American artist and one of America’s leading watercolor masters.  He began his formal education after returning back to China with his family at the age of 5; his name was given then by his instructor which literally means “scenery” and “composition” in Cantonese as he aspired to be an artist.  He would later combine the two names into Kingman, placing his family name first in accordance with Chinese naming conventions, creating the name Dong Kingman.  Kingman returned to the United States in his late teens.  In 1929 he attended the Fox Morgan Art School while holding down a variety of jobs.  It was at this time that he chose to concentrate on watercolor painting.  His critical breakthrough occurred in 1936, when he gained a solo exhibition at the San Francisco Art Association which brought him national recognition and success.  He has won widespread critical acclaim; in 1987, the American Watercolor Society awarded him Dolphin Medal Award.  His works are included in over 50 public and private collections worldwide, including Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Brooklyn Museum; deYoung Museum and Art Institute, Chicago.

Besides, Kingman also worked as an illustrator in the film industry, designing backgrounds for many major motion pictures.  Over 300 of his film-related works are permanently housed at the Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study at the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California.  
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