Cuts in Synchronicity: Paintings by Magical Realism Artist Yeung Tong Lung

Why We Recommend it

This is a 2018 retrospective exhibition of artist Yeung Tong Lung, who cleverly dissects and reassembles daily life in Hong Kong through oil paintings.


Fujian-born artist Yeung Tong Lung (b.1956) moved to Hong Kong in 1973 and began painting two years later. He held his first solo exhibition in 1986 and has participated in group exhibitions from 1984 until now. The versatile artists also works as a mural artist and a set painter for interior designers, photographers and film directors.

Yeung’s paintings deal with both the internal and external landscapes and spaces of human beings, and include everyday street scenes, old buildings and homes, transportation, ordinary people, back alleys, parks or plants commonly seen in Hong Kong. He plays with perspectives to construct a delusional 3-Dimensional space, providing multiple viewpoints and subtle hints on sightline movements to guide the audience in and out of his painting scenarios. Yeung’s protagonists are out of realistic proportions at times, yet their gazes are almost interacting with the viewers’.  Relatively large, with an average size of 2m x 1.5m, some in groups of 2 or more, Yeung’s paintings create an awe-inspiring experience for their viewers in the midst of his magic realism.

He has a unique aesthetic and constantly challenges the boundary and essence of medium by experimenting different painting approaches. Apart from the work itself, Yeung’s creation process is also worth studying in depth. He spends long hours sketching, creating various sketches for revisions, displacements and collages, which process helps him explore the relationship between space, time and people, as well as our living condition at the present moment. His works have been collected by the Hong Kong Art Museum, M+ Museum for Visual Culture and curators such as William Lim.

Read our interview with Yeung to find out more about his life and career.

The exhibition will be companioned by a closing gathering on 29 March 2019. RSVP here.


When: 1 Mar 2019 - 31 Mar 2019 Where: ACO Art Space, 6/F Foo Tak Building – 365-367 Hennessy Road – Wan Chai