Faced with a blank canvas, modern day artists have to answer the question of they want to portray the subject matter at hand. You'll witness an intriguing negotiation between realism and abstract by modern day artists as you navigate through the Asia Contemporary Art Show 2017.
Spanning from paintings that mimic realism to the dot, capturing every fall of light, to other works that throw realistic imagery out the window and opt for the abstract, here are six artists with distinctive styles for you to sample before the show.
Les Objets de Abondance by Anna Rubin, Australia, Room 4209
Anna Rubin, Australia--Room 4209
Let's begin with the realistic side of the spectrum. Choosing to employ the techniques popularly used by European artists back in 16th century Renaissance, it's said that Rubin spends hundreds of hours on these paintings, layering up to 500 layers of paint in order to precisely capture every detail realistically onto the canvas. The time and effort result in artworks that emanate the same awe-inspiring beauty found within classic paintings.
New York New York by Jeff Murray, United Kingdom, Room 4104
Jeff Murray, United Kingdom--Room 4104
Another artist that portrays the reality with meticulous details is Jeff Murray. You have to take a closer look at his paintings so as not to miss out on all the iconic architecture he penned out in intricately inked lines. Murray's paintings portray different cities around the world in his unique surrealistic style, giving you a birds-eye view of the city where the details are not blurred by distance.
Butchers, Sei Kai Wan Markets by David Hinchliffe, The Gallery Eumundi, Australia, Room 4326
David Hinchliffe, Australia--Room 4326
Doesn't this scene look familiar? The Australian artist is showcasing a collection of "City Portraiture" of Hong Kong in this year's exhibition. There may not be as many microscopic details, but Hinchliffe's painterly brushstrokes evoke a sense of nostalgia reminiscent of a slightly blurry memory. These breath-taking artworks of the wet market, the star ferry, and the busy streets will definitely make you look twice.
Musicians in Concert by Annemarie Ambrosoli, I.T.V. Holz-Art Gallery, Austria, Room 4311
Annemarie Ambrosoli, Austria--Room 4311
Ambrosoli's paintings are decidedly more abstract, influenced heavily by art movements like Impressionism and Fauvism. The bright use of colours and simple geometric shapes is sure to catch your attention. It is easy to decipher the human being within her compositions, in which a distinctive object is oftentimes included within the mix. In Musicians in Concert, for instance, the ears of the musicians are highlighted through the complicated merging of circles, to depict how the sound of the harp resonates with the people around.
Zen Series #11 by Pang Yongjie, Fabrick Gallery, Hong Kong, Room 4126
Pang Yongjie, China--Room 4126
Pang's rather abstract artwork might seem hard to grasp at first glance, but as you look carefully at these plump female figures in his paintings, you'll start to see their resemblance to the full-figured beauty that's celebrated in Tang dynasty art. The artist takes this traditional concept and incorporates the flare of vibrant colours found within the modern western art to create a new and distinctive sense of beauty.
Broaching the Subject by Amy Cheng, Art Alliance, USA, Room 4117
Amy Cheng, USA--Room 4117
Considering the subject matter and the way of presentation, Cheng's artworks are easily some of the most abstract on the list. She chooses to explore the spiritual dimension of meditation through the Islamic art form of mandalas. Within these complicated concentric designs, you'd find Eastern and Middle Eastern artistic patterns and calligraphic lines. Channelling the essence of Western abstraction, her works explores the interconnection between every cell and particle within the vast universe.
Realism and the abstract are no longer binary opposites. Artist nowadays gets the freedom to choose within this fluid spectrum for a style that suits best in delivering their message. Drop by the Asia Contemporary Art Show to be held on 18 March to 20 March 2017, at the Conrad Hong Kong, and embark on a fun journey exploring how various art movements in the past inspire these amazing artworks created by present-day artists.
Saturday, March 18, 12nn – 9pm
Sunday, March 19, 12nn – 8pm
Monday, March 20, 12nn – 6pm
Admission tickets will go on sale two months prior to the event
HK$220 (admits two if purchased online; admits one if purchased at the door)
Free admission for children under 16yrs accompanied by an adult.
Buy tickets at http://www.asiacontemporaryart.com/tickets/
Written by Sharon Yeung