Hong Kong Artist Ng Lung Wai Folds Paint
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Acclaimed local artist Ng Lung Wai creates visually arresting and culturally rich works that feature miniature boats folded out of paint.
Ng’s solo exhibition All the Best features a series of colourful canvases covered with vessels folded from sheets made of dried acrylic paint. With these works, he challenges what ‘painting’ can be. Is the act of folding paint to make an artwork and defining the space on a canvas, a painting?
His technique draws inspiration from the cultural and historical art form “zhézhi”, the art of paper folding that originated in medieval China, which the artist first learned when he was seven years old.
By assembling these vessels on canvases, Ng creates a unique form of abstraction and pointillism. The colours of his works are inspired by Tibetan and Nepalese prayer flags in blue, white, red, green, and yellow, which are hanging throughout the landscapes and architecture.