The Spring edition of the Asia Contemporary Art Show will be the first art fair to open its doors to collectors and art buyers during Hong Kong Art Week. The 10th edition of the Asia Contemporary Art Show will take place from March 17 to 20, 2017, at the Conrad Hong Kong and will welcome more than 80 galleries and artists from Asia and the world – from up-and-coming and mid-career artists, to those who have achieved success at auction.
Two new features have been added: China Perspectives and Artist Projects, which reflect the evolving interests and tastes of both today’s young collectors and those with more experience. China Perspectives will present contemporary artworks from new and emerging Chinese artists, while Artist Projects brings solo or joint artist presentations to 25 art spaces spread across two floors.
“Our show is about engagement and discovery,” says Show Director Mark Saunderson. “When visitors come to our show, they have the unique opportunity to interact with the creators of art themselves, like in Artist Projects. This standout feature makes the experience at the Asia Contemporary Art Show quite different from other art fairs, where typically only galleries are present and not the artists.”
Saunderson continues, “We also aim to provide a platform that enables art and artists to enter the vibrant Hong Kong art market, like with China Perspectives. Art fairs offer a springboard into the market and we endeavour to present works that appeal to young, tech-savvy collectors, as well as more experienced collectors who appreciate direct interaction with the art.
China Perspectives presents a series of works by selected galleries, artists and artist collectives that follow in the tradition of the Chinese contemporary art movement. Within the collection will be examples of works done in the Political Pop and Cynical Realist styles, as well as works that demonstrate the new wave in traditional ink, and others that blend the Western abstract style with Chinese materials and aesthetic.
Du Haijun, China
Du Haijun (b.1978) represents the new generation of Chinese contemporary art, with works that are statements on the social and economic issues that form part of today’s new China. Having been witness to China’s rapid economic development, his paintings reflect the crowded urban life structures that now exemplify the modern Chinese cityscape. Du Haijun graduated from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts. Nancy’s Gallery, Room 4220
Li Baiming, China
Trained in traditional Chinese ink and watercolour, Li Baiming (b.1981) has evolved a style that is uniquely his own. Redefining and reinterpreting traditional norms into a contemporary perspective, Li’s series “Creation . Recreation . Metamorphosis” exemplifies the “new wave” of ink painting. The artist is learned in Chinese history, classical literature and poetry, drawing on this knowledge to inspire a visual language exceptional in colour, composition and innovation. His mastery of technique allows him to express the subtleties of imagery, ranging from majestic mountaintops to seas of delicate clouds with masterful brushstrokes effortlessly applied with ink and watercolour across xuan paper. Beijing Central Gallery, Room 4307
Zhang Hui, China
Blending East and West, Zhang Hui (b.1957) draws inspiration from Master Lin Fengmian, considered a pioneer of modern Chinese painting for combining Chinese and Western styles. Taught by his father who studied under Master Lin, Zhang’s unique method of using sinuous lines and bright colours to depict female figures is reminiscent of Japanese Ukiyo-e painting. The artist travelled extensively to Japan where he learned traditional Japanese Ukiyo-e techniques and subsequently incorporated them into his female portraits, layering them with exoticness and sensuality. Ling Art, Room 4317
Artist Projects brings artists from around the world to exhibit in a solo or joint presentation. This new feature will bring narrative and context to life with the artist as storyteller, chronicling the accounts of what motivates and inspires their work and artistic practice.
Internationally acclaimed wildlife artist, Sobrane, has spent countless hours watching birds, and observing their movements and behaviours. In her lively and energetic compositions, the artist aims to convey the uniqueness and individuality of each animal. Sobrane uses a mix of mediums and expressive brushstrokes to create her large-scale works on linen. She creatively transforms pigments of spray paint, inks, enamel, pastels and charcoal into beautifully rendered pieces, conveying the depth and soul of each creature. Room 4103
Brian Sze, Hong Kong,
Managing the ups and downs of life through his alter ego, Mr. baby, artist Brian Sze (b.1977) embarks on adventures through magical worlds visually communicating the importance of virtues and emotions. Mr. baby, a “human rabbit”, is a dichotomous being straddling the adult “real” world and the child “fantasy” world. In his China series, Sze places Mr. baby among scenes replete with Chinese symbolism and Buddhist tales. Engaging with azure dragons, white tigers or pandas, the artist aims to tie together important symbols prevalent in Chinese culture. Room 4119