Two ways into the sublime

Local | 15 Jul 2020

It's always a joy to see Hong Kong's artistic creativity on display.

Chak and Raymond Fung Wing Kee, well-known artists born and based in Hong Kong have come out with some stunning new works lately.

Quite by coincidence, both have created a series of sublime and beautiful abstract landscapes.

Fung, who is also an architect, calls his new series Breathless - a reference to both the environmental crisis and the current pandemic.

He paints with ink on Chinese xuan rice paper in intense color patches of blue, black and gray.

His process is unusual: while the ink is still wet he covers it with cling film then removes it after the ink dries to create unexpected textures.

I can't wait to see these pieces directly, but in the meantime they're available for viewing on the website of Hong Kong and London's 3812 Gallery here: https://www.3812gallery.com/blog/43/

Chak's exhibition at the Hong Kong University Museum and Art Gallery is his first major show in his hometown. He graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and studied in Tokyo and the United States, where he held a prestigious residency at New York's MoMa PS 1.

His oil, acrylic and ink paintings pull you into a kinetic world of nature's beauty.

The exhibition has been extended at HKU until July 26, but if you can't make it there's a video of the work online at https://youtu.be/YAZzPM4fFXM

Bernard Charnwut Chan is chairman of Tai Kwun Culture & Arts Co Ltd.

standard@bernardchan.com

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