Hong Kong is a fast-paced city in every way imaginable so when it comes to the art scene, it’s no exception. With each year, the local art community grows and becomes more dynamic, as it continues to evolve and push boundaries.
Whether we’re talking about figures who have shaped the industry or emerging artists who are changing the way we experience creativity, the art scene is more vibrant than ever. As art month is fast approaching, it’s the perfect opportunity to brush up on some of Hong Kong’s most talented artists:
Known for exploring humanity, religion, sexuality, philosophy and everything in between, Tsang Kin-Wah is one of Hong Kong’s most progressive artists. His work explores innovative ways of using text and language. Through the use of projectors, Tsang creates video installations that are as mesmerizing as they are thought-provoking. His fascinating work has been admired by many and exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo.
Kwok Mang Ho aka Frog King might just be the most eccentric artist in Hong Kong. An essential part to his work, he’s often seen in his extravagant shamanistic costume. Known for his performances, graffiti, sculptures, paintings and videos, Kwok has become a key figure in the conceptual art scene. Besides a collaboration with Shanghai Tang, he’s also become known for his Plastic Bag Performance series in which he tied plastic bags to Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall in China.
Chow Chun Fai
As one of Hong Kong’s most influential artists, Chow Chun Fai explores the concept of identity in his works. Though his earlier paintings were inspired by his rides through Hong Kong when he worked as a taxi driver, Chow’s most notable work are his paintings featuring stills from the city’s new wave films. Put into context with Chinese and English subtitles, they reflect political as well as social issues that have had a powerful impact. For these works, he has received the Sovereign Asian Art Prize in 2008.
Stanley Wong, also known as anothermountainman, is a key figure in Hong Kong’s art scene. As an artist, photographer and graphic designer, he is best known for creating his work around a red-white-blue theme, reminiscent of the local market bag. Though considered cheap and outdated, he has turned it into a symbol of Hong Kong’s vibrant spirit – way before Demna (read: Balenciaga) did. His work has always been about two things: identity and local pride.
Somewhat of an emerging artist, Sim Chan’s main source of inspiration comes from the city’s iconic skyline. Fascinated by this urban jungle, he creates paintings on handmade wooden frames, which feature Hong Kong’s extraordinary skyline as seen from the ground. This unique perspective and the use of vivid colours are just some of the reasons why his work has received a lot of (well-deserved) attention. In his works, the apartment blocks are at the centre of attention while the sky becomes distant and impossible to reach, raising important life questions within the viewer.
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