Local Painters Join Forces to Paint the Hong Kong Countryside
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Local artists Stephen Wong Chun Hei and Yeung Hok Tak present joint exhibition Beside the City that features paintings of the Hong Kong countryside.
Wong and Yeung’s works of the Hong Kong countryside are joint effort inspired by French painters Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s historical collaboration in 1869.
Wong and Yeung’s excursions brought them to scenic spots such as Tai Tam Reservoir, Lamma Island and Cape D’Aguilar, where they sketched and took photos for the creation of a final work in the isolation of their own studios. There is a marked stylistic divergence between the two artists’ depictions of these places, with Wong’s leaning towards idealisations of reality, and Yeung’s a rejection of reality within the associative process. One of Yeung’s paintings shows a whale skeleton at Cape D’Aguilar which Yeung fused with the concept of the Fire Dragon Dance, functioning as a surreal and satirical jab at Chinese traditionalism.
These collaborative works seem to invite appreciative comparison when exhibited together. Yet they stem from a common curiosity that inspires and connects the artists, and can do the same for the audience.