Date: 11 Jan 2018 (Thursday)


10 Ink Artists.10 New Faces — Hong Kong Next Generation of Ink Art

10位藝術家.10種新面向 ---- 香港水墨藝術的下一代

What would the next generation of ink art be like? To answer this question, a group of young artists from the Academy of Visual Arts (AVA) of Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) joined last month’s international art fair Ink Asia 2017 and showcased their artworks in a wide range of styles that explore the possibilities of the unique medium of ink.

One of the artists is Beijing-born Wang Yiyi who now resides in Hong Kong. She often depicts subject matters in a realistic style, and relishes bagging up each item in a resealable storage bag. By doing so she makes the item look like it has become a vacuum-packed product and is an artistic means to preserve her life experience as a Beijing-born Hong Konger as well as her memories between these two cities forever.

Through the splashed ink technique, another artist Jenny Kan explores the built-in quality and possibilities of the painting material in order to release the visual power and the intrinsic vitality from a piece of abstract painting, and to examine the value of the material.

In fact, it is not merely Jenny, who has a unique way to experience daily objects. Ren Mak is also obsessed with the touching and the appearance of the organic textures. Through her meticulous depiction, she reveals the internal liveliness out of the minute details of ordinary objects.

Wang Shun-yu’s traditional style is inspired by the Yuan artists and emphasises the expression of brushwork rather than ink washing in the hope of creating a serene and imperturbable landscape. In the upper space of the scroll, the inscription is actually taken from modern lyrics that project a recluse heading to the remote isles to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

Chung Sin-wa is an artist who likes oscillating between Chinese and Western cultures. Her ink painting is an intriguing mixture with acrylic paint and drawing chalk, creating a world between loneliness and agitation from the bottom of the artist’s heart.

On the contrary, the work by Tony Cheng displays the artist’s manner of self-possession, although he also integrates his ink painting with western medium. His employment of various painting techniques such as paper folding, ink washing and colour splashing led to the creation of a Lü Shoukun-ish mindscape.

If abstract art is to purely transmit emotion from an artist, the work by Silver Qian is considered an exemplification. She experiments with splashed ink technique and the collage of dried flowers on paper in an attempt to capture the feelings and emotions of a particular moment.

The only 3D artwork in the show is produced by Isis Wong. She is fond of deconstructing and reconstructing the four basic elements of Chinese landscape painting: outline, texture stroke, moss dot and washing. Through the overlap of transparent images, viewers can find a “fundamental” yet intricate perspective to examine a piece of Chinese painting.

Inspired by Liu Guosong’s modern ink painting techniques, artist Jun Heiri injects her personal feelings into ink painting. By drawing her family grave and creating a sorrowful aura, she attempts to release her love towards the person who recently passed away.

Shum Kwan-yi is the only artist who displayed two paintings in the show. One of them is an ink landscape of a common Hong Kong scene that is a recollection of the artist’s memory, while another is a Japanese-style gold painting. This work is more than just a simple copy of the Japanese masterpiece Rakuchū-rakugai-zu Byōbu, but an artistic transformation as displayed by the inclusion of the Chinese method of painting trees and rocks. The delicacy of the tiny images unequivocally demonstrates the talent of the artist.

Ink Asia is an art exhibition that showcases hundreds of excellent ink works to the world. Even though it was held only for three days, the number of visitors exceeded 10,000. Most of the visitors were professional artists, curators, art critics and gallerists across the globe, and their interest in the event is indicative of its quality.

Through this event, AVA has earned not only international exposure for its artists, but also recognition from art professionals in the field. Indeed, four artworks by current AVA students were added to the collections of art experts, including a curator of Hong Kong Museum of Art, the organiser of the fair, and the board member of the West Kowloon Cultural District, Mr Henry Tang.

In addition, workshops by Shum Kwan-yi and Wang Shun-yu were arranged to teach those who were interested to draw animals in various styles, enhancing the quality of life enjoyed by Hong Kong citizens.

Featured Artists‭:‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
Wang Yiyi
Jenny Kan Ching-wing
Ren Mak Wan-chi
Wang Shun-yu
Chung Sin-wa
Tony Cheng Yuen-ho
Silver Qian Yinxiao
Isis Wong Kai-ling
Jun Heiri
Shum Kwan-yi

About AVA:
The Academy of Visual Arts (AVA) is the first university academy of its kind in Hong Kong, providing visual arts degree programmes linked to international exchange, current arts development and the fast-growing creative industries. AVA offers excellent teaching and is committed to nurturing creative and professional talent of international renown.

Artwork Photos:

下一代的水墨藝術是什麼? 在上個月,一班香港浸會大學視覺藝術院(AVA)的年輕藝術家藉著參與國際盛會「水墨藝博2017」來回應這個問題。他們展示的作品,手法不同、面貌各異,以尋找水墨的不同面向和可能性。
其中一位藝術家王乙伊,出身北京,現居香港。她以寫實的手法繪畫國畫,畫中出現的每件物件,皆像真空產品一樣儲存於一個密封袋裡,目的是將她身為一個北京人住在香港的經歷,以及對兩個城市的記憶永遠保鮮 。


其實,不僅簡靖穎鍾情於日常物件的探索,麥蘊姿就迷戀於有機物質的質感與紋理,通過仔細的描繪,表達出由微細物件所渙發出的內在生命力 。












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