Alisan Fine Arts, founded in 1981, was the first professionally run gallery in Hong Kong. Over the years it has organised more than 100 exhibitions for Chinese artists living around the world. Through these exhibitions and other events, Alisan has brought to Hong Kong and other parts of Asia established international Chinese artists, including Zao Wouki, Chu Teh Chun and Gao Xingjian (France), Chao Chung Hsiang, John Way and Fay Ming (USA), Walasse Ting (Netherlands) and Hsiao Chin (Italy). In 1987 the gallery began promoting Chinese artists from the mainland.
Important recent exhibitions include "Wonders of Chinese Abstraction" and "Lui Shou Kwan and his School" in 1995 and "Chinese Abstraction and Beyond" in 1997, "Chinese Roots" in 1997 at the Shanghai Art Museum. In November 1999 Alisan organised an exhibition of Chao Chung Hsiang works as the inaugural event for the new West Lake Art Museum, part of the Zhejiang Provincial Museum in Hangzhou. Mrs King served on the committee to bring Zao Wouki to the Shanghai Museum and the Beijing Art Museum in 1999 and 2000. In June 2000 the gallery organised a sculpture exhibition at the Beijing Oriental Plaza featuring the work of 22 Chinese artists.
Gallery director Alice King was born in Shanghai, raised in Hong Kong and educated in the United States. She has been a pioneer in the field of contemporary Chinese painting and was awarded the "Chevalier des Arts et Lettres" in 1995 followed by the "Chevalier Legion d'Honeur" in 2000 by the French government. Among her many activities, she has served on the advisory committee for the Guggenheim Museum's 1999 exhibition entitled "China 2000 Years."
While concentrating on contemporary Chinese painters, the gallery has also staged exhibitions for a few select Western artists, particularly sculptors. In 1995 the gallery was instrumental in bringing French sculptor Bernar Venet's exhibition to the Shanghai Museum. In 1998 gallery director Alice King was co-organiser with the Shanghai Municipal Government of the Shanghai International Sculpture Symposium with international sculptors Christo (France), Bernar Venet (France), Mark di Suvero (USA) and Philip King (UK) participating. In 1999 Mrs King served on the committee for the Shenzhen Sculpture Biennial and was responsible for installing monumental sculptures by Bernar Venet (Paris) and Philip King (UK) in the Shenzhen Overseas Chinese Town's Sculpture Park.
Alisan Fine Arts has also participated in many art fairs such as: Art Asia, Hong Kong; Tresors, Singapore, 1993, 1994, 1995; Art Taipei, 1994; and The International Asian Art Fair, New York, 1996.
The following museums have acquired and/or shown works of the gallery's major artists: The Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong; The Shanghai Museum, Shanghai; The China National Academy of Art, Hangzhou; The West Lake Art Museum, Hangzhou; Taiwan Provincial Fine Art Museum, Taichung; Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei; the Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena; The Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco; The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University, New Jersey; The British Museum, London; The Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark; The Guggenheim Museum, New York,The Chicago Institute, The Malmo Konsthall, Sweden.