DaGuan Gallery presents Contemporary Neoclassic Hong Kong Ink Art which features known artists like Kum Chi-Keung, Cheuk Ka-Wai, Zhang Xiaoli, Leung Ka-Yin, Hui Hoi-Kiu, Chan Kwan-Lok, Koon Bong, and Lau Ching-Wa.
The show runs from 19 August to 30 September.
Cheuk Ka-Wai‘s works follow the gongbi style of painting, a careful and realist way of Chinese painting that makes use of highly detailed brushstrokes. It is usually colorful and depicts figurative objects. Cheuk Ka-Wai uses traditional gongbi style in interpreting modern everyday realities, sometimes in a humorous way.
Koon Wai-Bong explores the relationship of man and nature through his ink paintings. He also approaches the possibility of ink art as a medium as well as an aesthetic choice. Through the bamboo tree, a septych, Koon Wai-Bong somehow tackles the importance of space in art.
Choi Tak-Yee’s landscape paintings are embedded with the traditional landscape paintings and they depict motifs found in Hong Kong’s old streets.
Leung Ka-Yin‘s works are infused with elements of the gongbi style, doggerel and comic drawing. Her artworks reflect her personal feeling and her outlook on society. Her subject matter is usually girls and she chooses nature as the backdrop. She also writes a poem (doggerel) to supplement her work.
Hui Hoi-Kiu is a contemporary ink painter who uses traditional Chinese motifs and everyday materials on tissue paper and rice paper. The artist transforms ordinary objects into meticulous brushwork on fine materials.
Chan Kwan-Lok‘s painting compositions are reminiscent of traditional Chinese landscape paintings. His ink and color on paper are filled with fantastic elements infused with scenes of everyday life.
Zhang Xiaoli‘s Lego Landscape series replaces the traditional elements of Chinese landscape paintings with Lego bricks. His landscapes are drawn inside things that can be carried anywhere such as a sardines can or a tin lunch box.
Kum Chi-Keung has made birdcages for nearly a decade. He has experimented with its appearance and ways to express his own artistic language by recreating these birdcages. He employs the traditional Chinese practice of birdcage-making by changing its size, design, materials, and composition.