Posts Tagged ‘hong kong’

Artist Update……..Space Invader revisits Hong Kong




Last year in 2014 renown street artist Invader visited Hong Kong leaving behind 50 examples of his art. Most were removed within one months time by government officials.

In 2015, the artist is showing his art with government approval. The artist and his trademark mosaic style which showcases the very beginnings of video games, from Pac Man to his namesake Space Invader.

The artist left paintings and sculptures around the city of Hong Kong.

For more examples of his fine work check out my blog entry on the artist.

Some of the subject matter for this exhibition includes the main cultural items of Hong Kong including Bruce Lee, the dollar, and the rubik’s cube.

Below some wonderful examples of Invader’s Hong Kong show WipeOut:


New Auction record for Chinese Porcelain


A wonderful piece of porcelain, a rare wine cup fired at the Ming dynasty kiln was sold at auction for $36 million dollars at the famed Sotheby’s Auction House located in Hong Kong yesterday.

The last cup was sold in 1999. Only four cups are known to be owned by private collectors.

As you can see in the picture below, its called a chicken cup for the artwork appearing on the side:


In this clip a closer look at the cup in question:


Its been awesome to see the flood of money flowing toward Asian and Chinese art. I enjoy watching the Antiques Roadshow when jade items come up for question. Many times the item might be a rhino horn or jade and go for six figures!


Artist of the moment…..Luis Chan

Luis Chan was born in Panama in 1905. Chan and his family relocated to Hong Kong when the artist was five years old. Chan was self taught as an artist and was heavily involved in the arts of the area in the 1920s. His style was more western than many of his peers, so his niche was doing the local landscape of Hong Kong, but in a style closer to western art, but still maintaining its Eastern charm and design.

Chan worked in many mediums over his life, collage, watercolors, oils, ink, and acrylics.

He is most associated with fantasy and realism, but for brief period of time did abstract works that were sprayed on the canvas.

Came onto the international scene with his paintings of Hong Kong and the region in the 1970s.

Considered by many to be the best modern artist of Hong Kong in the 20th century.

price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $65,000.

Luis Chan was still residing in Hong Kong when he passed away in 1995 at the age of 90 years of age.


Artist of the moment…..Hong Kong Street Calligraphy artist…..Tsang Tsou-Choi

Tsang Tsou-Choi was born in Guangdong, China in the year 1921 and was the most famous graffiti artist to come from Hong Kong. His style was a mix of calligraphy and graffiti.

Moved to Hong Kong after fleeing China in the 1930s. Started to do his signature graffiti in 1950s.

He seemed preoccupied with covering the public spaces with his calligraphy, claiming his grandfather owned the land. This caused his family to disown him and his wife to leave him.

Tsou-Choi spent a great deal of his life living in the streets. Much of artwork has been covered, but that which comes up at auction might include acrylic and ink on paper or even calligraphy on a public utility box.

He would spent countless hours walking the streets with brushes and ink moving very slowly on crutches.

A clever move was securing a contract with Swipe Away. In the television commercial he used the product to remove his calligraphy ink.

If the authorities removed his ink, he would soon replenish the work. Over the years he created between 50,000 and 60,000 works on lamps, utility boxes, and walls.

Over his career he never earned more than pocket money for art, but Sotheby’s held an auction for the artist and one work on board sold for slightly more than $7,000.

Seen as a public art star, the government sprayed some works with a clear protective finish to preserve them for future generations.

In this clip the public argues to preserve his calligraphy.

In this clip a short career retrospective of Tsang Tsou-Choi.

Tsang Tsou-Choi passed away in 2007 at the age of 85 years old.

Artists of the moment…..Lin Fengmian…..


The artist was born in 1900 in Guangdong.

A clip featuring the artist’s work set to fantastic Chinese music.

The artist was born in 1900. When he was born his name was Lin Fengming. He was an innovator as far as painting for mixing eastern and western painting ideas. He worked mainly wit ink and watercolor on paper.

high price range: $1.5 million for an oil painting titled OPERA SERIES: BEAUTY DEFIES TYRANNY.

low price range: $30,000

Fengmian was born in Guangdong and participated in a work- study program in China. The artist travelled through out Europe in the 1920 staying in Germany and Paris for long periods of time of time. In 1925 he started teaching art in China. In 1928 he formed his own school for art and was the first principle.

The artist had a large output, but due to unfortunate circumstances many of his earlier works have been lost or destroyed. During the Sino-Japanese war, many works were destroyed by Japanese soldiers. During a cultural revolution in China many works were also destroyed.  Lin Fengmian himself ruined many works of art
by soaking the art and trying to flush it down the toilet. He was still sent to prison for a length of four years his ideas and paintings.

He was let out of jail in 1977 and the government assumed he would head for Brazil to live. Instead the artist lived in Hong Kong until he passed away in 1991. During this time in Hong Kong the artist started to recreate some of his many destroyed art works.

This artist was great and an awesome example of how the pen is mightier than the sword. I consider him to be a precursor to modern contemporary artists such as Ai WeiWei. Both stood for their individual thoughts and ideas. Both were part of a minority way of thinking that was despised by the government. Its easy for me to imagine Fengmian under government surveillance, similar to Ai WeiWei.  Fengmian probably had a little more difficulty as it was easier to contain bad events since communication wasn’t so easy as it is now in the days of cell phones. Think of all the scenes we have seen from Syria or the middle East, this wouldn’t have been possible when Fengmian was in his prime as a master artist.
When Ai WeiWei was taken by the goverment a huge public outcry was felt from around the world. Weiwei was in custody and always had at least two guards at his sides, even when he slept or went to the bathroom. Weiwei was supposedly not to have any social media contact, but soon after being released after eighty one days in prison, the artist was back writing negative comments about the Chinese government.

Artists working with the face and the figure…..Annysa Ng

This clip is from a show featuring the artist. The verbal parts are in Chinese but the pictures start at 14 seconds. Its great to see the artwork as it might appear in person so as to appreciate the extremely large size of the art.

The artist was born in Hong Kong and spent her childhood growing up in the Eastern part of the world. She currently resides in New York City. If I had to  compare her to another artist who paints in a similar manner it would be Kara Walker. The African American woman who paints silhouettes that deal with the many feelings that existed between the races during slavery and the days of the Underground Railroad.  In the works of Annysa and Kara Walker the viewer only sees the outline of the subjects in the picture. With so many shadowed covered areas like the mouth or the eyes its impossible figure out exactly what the viewer the subject is feeling. Instead the viewer must place themselves in the work and feel the emotions for themselves.

Her characters seem very elegantly dressed. Perhaps a deck of Chinese playing card queens that has sprung to life. Its great when the subject has no color or expression, the viewer can do it for themselves and have more fun in the process.

Attended the College of Visual Arts in New York City. Also attended the Saatchi Academy of Art  in Germany. Took classes in computer arts in Hong Kong.

Has been a part of national art competitions that focus on contemporary young artists such as the Basel Fine Arts show.

The artist works in a variety of media including ink, ,acrylics, and oils.

Has painted a mural for a hotel in Germany.

Another idea that comes to mind when looking at this artist’s work is the sixty year  jubilee for the Queen of England the idea of colonialism. The mix of an Asian as royalty but dressed as European loyalty with their clothing, is another idea great contrast.  Coming from Communist China the artist also enjoys making narratives out of the male dominated aspects of life and the little say the working woman gets nowadays.

on line and land based galleries: Blindspot Galleries in Central Hong Kong.

The artist is very prolific and in addition to painting also enjoys creating sculptures and installations. The artist also heads her own atelier should you wish to improve your painting or drawing skills!

Happy Sunday!