Having now enjoyed six successful editions in Hong Kong – including record sales of HKD28 million in March – the Asia Contemporary Art Show is gearing up to give something back to the city.
Along with the usual focus on mid-career talent from across the world, the Fall 2015 show – taking place at the Conrad (Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty) from Oct. 8 to 11 – is set to showcase Hong Kong’s local artists with particular vigour.
Director Mark Saunderson explains, “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.”
More than 100 is a lot to take in – even for the most avid of art fans – so here are just seven we think you should look out for.
Bobo Po is a self-confessed beginner, having only started painting after taking a class in 2012. The artist hopes to develop her own unique methods as she experiments further.
Born in the UK but now working and living in Hong Kong, Claire Billson has dedicated one of her most recent series to the city’s “invisible” street workers.
The founder and chairperson of the Hong Kong Creative Art Association, Dragon Ken (cool name) has been heavily involved in graphics and art education since winning the 1998 Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou Hong Kong Youth Computer Graphic Competition at the tender age of 18.
Having lived in Hong Kong all her life, Heidi Leung hopes her watercolour towns and landscapes will encourage locals to get more in touch with nature and increase public awareness about conservation.
Above Spring Garden Lane
Martin Lever has lived in Hong Kong on and off for 36 years and takes much of his inspiration from the city. Using striking colour contrasts and lighthearted observational touches, one of his latest series features expressionist paintings of Hong Kong from above.
With two masters degrees and a whole host of awards under her belt, Rachel Cheung has earned the right to be a bit abstract with her glass and ceramic work. She focusses on equilibrium and hopes the viewer experiences freedom, expansion and infinity from her work.
TK Chan’s latest series, “Aurora Revelation” features the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) as seen through her eyes while at university in Scotland. Each circular brush stroke represents the Earth, sun, stars and the relationship of human solidarity to protect the planet.
Coconuts HK is media partners with the Asia Contemporary Art Show.