By Elaine Dunn

 

The 7th edition of the Asia Contemporary Art Show will open at the Conrad Hong Kong on Oct. 8 with an invitation-only VIP Collectors Preview.  The show will present a diverse line-up of original paintings, limited editions, sculpture and photography by artists from 17 countries, 40 of whom will be present at the show.  Special focus will be on Hong Kong’s artists.  Tickets are now on sale: HK$220 (admits two if purchased online; admits one if purchased at the door).

 

 

Director Mark Saunderson explained: “We are excited to present some promising local young and mid-career talent at the show from Oct. 8-11.  Hong Kong has a lot of unsung artists, sometimes hidden from collectors and art buyers.  It is hard for Hong Kong artists to get the attention they deserve – art gallery overhead is high, and gallerists carefully weigh representing lesser-known local artists versus a sometimes easier path.

“We have been working for the last year to put together a strong selection of Hong Kong artists and more than 100 of their works at the upcoming Show.”

According to the news release, a total of 15 Hong Kong-based artists are featured, including:

Rachel Cheung Wai-Sze

Rachel Cheung graduated with a bachelor’s degree in ceramics.  She won a scholarship to the University of Sunderland, UK, where she obtained her master’s degree in glass.  The main theme of her work involves “Equilibrium.”  She believes that the state of an equilibrium relationship can be defined physically, philosophically and spiritually.  It is about relations and changes; what Cheung is searching for are magical and delightful endings, and these endings may lead to new beginning for some other stories.

Claire Billson

Claire Billson is a British born artist and painter who lives and works in Hong Kong.  Her medium of choice for the last 30 years has been watercolour.  Oils are a more recent addition to her repertoire.  Using oils, Billson is developing a new series of paintings based on iconic images of Hong Kong people.

T.K. Chan

T.K. Chan has been painting Scotland through her eyes when she was studying in Edinburgh.  Her recent series of work is "Aurora Revelation." inspired by the mysteriously beautiful astronomical phenomenon Aurora Borealis, which can be seen in northern Scotland.  The series is composed of circular works with a mix of colours representing the earth, sun, stars and their relations to human solidarity.  Each brush stroke in this series is created using a unique circular motion.

Rachel Cheung Wai-Sze

Rachel Cheung graduated with a bachelor’s degree in ceramics.  She won a scholarship to the University of Sunderland, UK, where she obtained her master’s degree in glass.  The main theme of her work involves “Equilibrium.”  She believes that the state of an equilibrium relationship can be defined physically, philosophically and spiritually..  It is about relations and changes; what Cheung is searching for are magical and delightful endings, and these endings may lead to new beginning for some other stories.

Andrea Chung

Andrea Chung is the youngest artist featured.  At age four, this talented and joyous artist already can express her feelings through different media.  Her artworks show her affectionate personality.

Heidi Leung

Heidi Leung is a Hong Kong artist and a committee member of the Hong Kong Creative Art Association.  She hopes to increase public awareness of the environment and nature through her art.  She has joined exhibitions in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Martin Lever (Li Wah)

Martin Lever, known as Li Wah, has lived and worked in Hong Kong on and off for 36 years. Lever's collection of oil and acrylic paintings depict locations around Hong Kong from a bird's-eye view. Titled "Above/Below," his so-called "groundscapes" series highlights the relationship between what happens at street level and life on the top floor of a skyscraper.  "I was searching for a fresh way to visualize some of the stories that Hong Kong has to tell.  The insight that I hit on was that we spend so much of our time up in the air in Hong Kong.  It's a vertical city. We sleep on the 30th floor, we eat on the 20th and we work on the 10th, but we very rarely look down," explained Lever.  Lever has won numerous advertising industry awards and is the author and illustrator of an acclaimed children’s book series “The Bogeybugz.”

Tang Tsz Kin (“Dragon Ken”)

Hong Kong’s “Dragon Ken” is the founder and chairperson of the Hong Kong Creative Art Association and an instructor at the Hong Kong Jockey Club and the YMCA.  He was the champion of the 1998 Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou Hong Kong Youth Computer Graphic Competition (Advanced Level), received the Judges' list award of Mobile Art Expedition (2005) and was the champion of the Portraits of Dolphin – Art Competition (2006).

Besides artists from Hong Kong, the show also features artists from 17 countries with 40 of them present at the show.

Show facts:

  • Runs from Oct. 8–11

  • Features more than 2,000 artworks from more than 60 exhibiting galleries

  • Opens on Thursday, Oct. 8 and continues through Sunday with “Friday ART Night” on Oct. 9

  • Long-term sponsors and partners include the Art Futures Group, the Wall Street Journal, AGS Four Winds, Fiji Water and Leaf Tea Boutique

  • After the Show, art collectors can continue discovering and buying art 24/7, all year round at www.asiacontemporaryart.com.




Heavy Load

Claire Billson

2015

Oil on canvas

41 x 41 cm

Aurora Rainbow

T.K. Chan

2015

Oil on canvas

40 x 40 cm


Looking for Equilibrium 4

Rachel Cheung

Porcelain and` glass``


House

Andrea Chung

2014

Acrylic

45 x 55 cm


West Pond

Heidi Leung

2014

Watercolour

50 x 35 cm``


Above/Aberdeen

Martin Lever (Li Wah)

2015

Oil & acrylic on canvas

80  x 120 cm


Horse

Tang Tsz Kin “Dragon Ken”

2012

Oil on canvas

50 x 70 cm



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