We are simultaneously connected to both the sky and the street.
In this collection I probe the relationship between the land and the sky in a series of abstract ‘groundscapes’, inspired by some of Hong Kong’s most emotive locations.
By combining vivid oil and acrylic hues, these impressionist images capture Hong Kong’s unique contrasts from a completely fresh perspective.
Forget towering blocks and gleaming skylines. Anyone who knows Hong Kong understands the real colour and magic happens at street level.
The traditional working class heroes who add so much energy and character to Hong Kong’s street markets are slowly disappearing as developers sanitise and gentrify in every direction. As they profit, we grow culturally poorer.
To celebrate these unsung heroes, and in the hope that they will not disappear forever, I have created this new collection of Street portraits.
The #ArtVPlastic Project
#ArtVPlastic - ART CREATED TO HELP SAVE OUR SEAS!
Our lovely little planet is full of problems. Key to solving so many of them is education. One problem I’m passionately keen to help solve is the growing scourge of plastic waste in our seas. Why? Because unlike so many world problems, this one’s pretty damn easy to solve: refuse single use plastic, and manufacturers will soon stop producing it. Awareness of this issue is growing daily around the world. But in my home Hong Kong, not enough people care. And for an iconic world city surrounded by water that’s a sad thing.
So……I’ve teamed up with plasticfreeseas.org to create HK’s first and only online learning platform to help teach change across HK schools. To raise the funds needed, I’ve created a collection of artwork inspired by Hong Kong's stunning coastline titled “Above the Beaches” – and funds from sales will help plasticfreeseas.org educate tomorrow’s leaders on the difference between right and wrong ;)
So if you love this artwork...and love our planet too...why not make a little investment in tomorrow...and help us fight ugly with beauty!
For more details go to www.plasticfreeseas.org - or contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
Tai O Trippin
On the far West coast of Lantau Island sits Tai O - a timeless fishing village that has stood in the sea for centuries.
Its stilted anchors have stood firm against time and typhoons, ensuring that this unique little community survives and thrives unchanged amidst the modern world that surrounds it.
In Hong Kong we spend our lives up in the air. We sleep on the 30th floor. We work on the 20th floor. We eat on the 10th floor.
But the heart that pumps colour and life through the city beats on the street.
So let’s get back to the city’s grass roots.
Back down to earth.
Back to Hong Kong’s working class heroes.
Let’s celebrate the everyday.
Deify the everyman.
And strip away pretension and clutter to expose the bold, graphic soul of Hong Kong’s human core.
This is STREET.
In Hong Kong's unique urban landscape, tightly packed rooftops jostle for position and prominence. Like the people beneath them, they seem to be constantly in motion yet seamlessly interconnected. Feeding off the energy of the city, these rooftops are alive in a never-ending dance for dominance.
Anyone who thinks Hong Kong is a concrete jungle doesn't know Hong Kong.
The raw natural beauty of our home is sometimes so overpowering it can bring a tear to the eye.
So can the fact that it’s disappearing rapidly, seemingly swallowed leaf-by-leaf by the relentless surge of population growth, urban development, and the never-ending push for profit.
Without these rural spaces Hong Kong will suffocate. There will be nowhere to take a deep breath and feel truly alive. Without these rural communities, Hong Kong will lose a priceless link to the past – and a rich heritage that has helped shape its modern day identity.
That’s why I want to capture these magical vanishing places before they disappear forever. But not only capture them. I want to celebrate them in a vivid explosion of colour and energy – symbolising their life-giving qualities and the passion with which we should all fight for their survival.
We all need a roof over our heads. And there are none more delicious than the iconic roofs of Hong Kong’s fast disappearing rural communities. If you look hard enough, you may be lucky to discover one or two of these little houses hidden away on remote shorelines and nestled into hillsides. I’m sure each one has a wonderful story to tell. But for how much longer…
There is no city silhouette like a Middle Eastern city silhouette. The bright sunlight contrasts the rolling domes and spires against vast clean skies; colours dance and shimmer; and deep shadows move to their own heartbeat.
Hong Kong's urban silhouette is alive. Wherever you look, towering blocks seem to dance for dominance in a never-ending push for the skies. There is an incongruous beauty to this compressed landscape.
Individual buildings together as one.
A single pulse, a shared rhythm, a collective energy.
Creating a silhouette unlike any other.
This new collection captures the heartbeat of our hometown,
by paying homage to the stunning silhouettes that surround us.