With a calendar of art events such as Art Basel & Art Central, fairs, new gallery shows, designer exhibits and much more – it’s no surprise that March is popularly referred to as the “art month” in Hong Kong. It’s one of the most happening and exciting times of the year as we welcome artists & designers from all around the world to showcase their best works. Read on for a recap of the ones I was able to attend over the span of one weekend ~
Asia Contemporary Art Show, Conrad Hotel
Attending the Asia Contemporary Art Show for the first time this year at Conrad Hotel was definitely a highlight. The artwork was perhaps the closest to a more traditional form in terms of mediums used – what you would typically expect to see at a high-end, top-class art show – compared to the other art fairs.
It spanned across rooms covering three whole floors of the hotel, featuring a grand display of oil paintings that hung over queen-sized beds and pristine bathroom sinks. It was quite a unique and interesting concept; having viewers snake their way through all the bedrooms, walk into the artist’s personal space in order to appreciate and admire their work (yes, that’s right – the artists actually sleep in these rooms at the end of the day!). The best part was that most of the artists were there to talk to us about their inspirations, methods, how long each piece took and more. Highlighted below are five favourites:
Jeff Murray, United Kingdom
Jeff Murray (b.1986) takes inspiration from his personal experiences and interests, with the world and its wonders being the main subject. His “visual journals” capture the way he sees the world and what it means to him. Focusing heavily on architecture, landscapes, history and nature, his work speaks to all art lovers so that they can connect with each and every piece in a different way. – (Asia Contemporary Art Show, 2019)
Song Yong Hua, China
Song Yong Hua (b.1975) paints landscapes that are influenced by traditional Chinese forms of art, adapting calligraphy, ancient poetry, and painting in his works. With themes of melancholy, perplexity, and unlimited accountability, he turns traditional brushwork into contemporary artwork with a strong composition like visual poems on a canvas, capturing natural wonders. – (Asia Contemporary Art Show, 2019)
Lydia Mouawad, Lebanon
Lydia Moawad (b. 1965) is considered as one of the most renowned contemporary Lebanese artist painters. Moawad is comfortable with the distribution of colors, she highlights her paintings and creates her own universe, a universe rich in memories and feelings. Moawad’s art is an exploration of color, movement, and emotions. The artist has been awarded several medals of honor and other acknowledgments for her work in Lebanon and abroad. – (Asia Contemporary Art Show, 2019)
David Hinchcliffe, Australia
A former Deputy Mayor of Brisbane and a politician of almost 25 years, Hinchliffe has returned to his original profession as an a full-time professional artist with great success. He describes his style as “City Portraiture”, he paints portraits of cities that he loves. The artist has been painting, exhibiting and selling his work in galleries since the age of 12. – (Asia Contemporary Art Show, 2019)
Akshita Gandhi, India
Akshita Gandhi’s work is not just a visual treat, it engages the audience beyond that, penetrating their intellect, mind and tugging at the viewer’s soul. Her work is amalgamated with poetry based on literary and historical references. The artist photographs cities, prints them on canvas, which becomes the backdrop of the artwork and then works over it using different mediums such as acrylics, decoupage, Chinese ink to name a few. – (Asia Contemporary Art Show, 2019)
Although you may not be able to tell from the photos below – this year’s artwork at Art Central was truly mind-blowing. It was so much more innovative and extraordinary – changing societal perceptions of what art once used to be recognised as. There was a considerable amount of artwork that used technology to engage and interact viewers with. Or simply curated spaces built around one particular piece that the audience would immerse in – such as live artwork that would move, generate messages or react in a certain way.
Art Basel – one of the most prestigious art events of the year, has it’s own special way of displaying artwork in a grandiose manner. It definitely has much more large-scaled pieces than Art Central, serving as centrepieces for an entire hall that people can walk under, into or around. A truly unique piece was a sculpture of a woman reading a newspaper (as pictured below) that looked completely real, but wasn’t.
Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades
The collection is a creative, elegant and poetic line of decorative, travel-inspired objects, imagined by some of the world’s most-renowned designers. Each object is an encounter between a designer and Louis Vuitton’s creative artisans, a mixing of their different savoir-faires in an imaginative interpretation of the idea of travel – (Louis Vuitton, 2019)
Till next year! Xx