David Clarke is Professor in the Department of Fine Arts, University of Hong Kong. He obtained his PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, in 1983 and has lived in Hong Kong since 1986. He has written extensively on both Chinese and Western art and culture, with a primary focus on the twentieth century. His most recently published books are Modern Chinese Art (Oxford University Press, 2000); Hong Kong Art: Culture and Decolonization (Duke University Press, 2002); Reclaimed Land: Hong Kong in Transition (Hong Kong University Press, 2002); and Hong Kong x 24×365: A Year in the Life of a City (Hong Kong University Press, 2007). Water and Art, a cross-cultural study of water as medium and subject in modern and contemporary art, is scheduled for publication by Reaktion Books in 2010. Clarke is also active as a photographer and has undertaken a number of public service roles, including membership of the Board of Governors of the Hong Kong Arts Centre, the Council of the Hong Kong Art School, and the Museums Advisory Group of the Consultative Committee on the Core Arts and Cultural Facilities of the West Kowloon Cultural District.