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March 6, 2008

Eat Your Art Out

If your apartment is looking less like an idyllic scene from a John Singer Sargent painting and more like Tracey Emin’s “My Bed,” consider making a fresh start on your interior design scheme, courtesy of the Hong Kong ArtWalk. The annual charitable evening of art appreciation is back on Wednesday, March 12th, and the city’s finest galleries will be opening their doors exhibiting exceptional works of art by both local and international leading artists not to mention free flowing wine and canapés sponsored by many of our all-time favourite restaurants. It’s time to go for a walk and eat your art out!

Arm yourself with a brochure and head to Sheung Wan for the start of your artistic adventure. Begin your night among the works of up-and-coming stars at Moon Gallery (111 Queens Road West, Sheung Wan), which is currently featuring synergistic works by three young mainland artists. Next, take your evening to a more surreal level at Dis Play Para/Site Art Space (4 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan) where three local artists explore the relationship between sculpture and display with an obscure twist. Then, relish in inspiring shots by hailed LA based photographer Paul Robinson with In Camera, which stylishly incorporates architecture, texture and portraits in a frame of film at The Cat Street Gallery (222 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan).

Hop on the tram (why not, we’re feeling very inspired by the city tonight) and come off at Wanchai. First stop, Asia Fine Art Gallery (99 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai) where Valentine de la Vie exhibits a romantic feast of flowers, fruits and faces from Burmese artist Aye Nyein Myint. Next, head to the stylish agnes b. Librarie Galerie (1/F, Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai) featuring pieces hand selected by the iconic designer herself. From Russia with love, King’s Gallery (16/F, Tai Sang Commercial Building, 24-34 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai) will present their new collection of contemporary Russian paintings in Splendid Memories, featuring works by A. Smirnov and O. Trushnikova.

At this stage, you will have consumed a few dozen canapés and guzzled a fair amount of wine, it might be time to get some fresh air. Take a little stroll into Central where the crescendoed finale takes place. Start off at Art Gallery (20 Ice House Street, Central) for a dose of satirical pop art about the Cultural Revolution by mainland artist Wei Guangqing. Next, check out hkfineart.com gallery (11/F, Century Square, 1 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong) for an extensive range of vibrant paintings by renowned Vietnamese artists. Ride the escalator up to Sin Sin Fine Art (1 Prince’s Terrace, Central) to peruse minimalist works inspired by “the great floods” from American artist Rick Lewis. On the way down hit Karin Weber Gallery (20 Aberdeen Street, Central) to view Unmasked, figurative pieces that illustrate the beauty of women using a combination of charcoal and pencil by Burmese artist Nay Myo Say. And make a quick jaunt up to Schoeni Art Gallery (G/F, 21-31 Old Bailey Street, Central), which will feature Chinese contemporary artists alongside Italian artist Omar Galliani and American photographer Lawrence Schiller.

You’re on the homestretch now! Don’t miss Arch Angel Art (58 Hollywood Road, Central) featuring The Stunning Lotus, colourful oil paintings of lotus flowers and ponds by Vietnamese artist Dang Phuong and Zee Stone Gallery (43-55 Wyndham Street, Central) where Burmese artist Tin Tun Hlaing is exhibiting realistic paintings using acrylic on canvas. Last stop before the real drinking begins is Wattis Fine Art (2/F, 20 Hollywood Road, Central) featuring an exhibition of paintings of our own glorious surroundings by Jean Pattou entitled Hong Kong: The Escalator Era & Macau: A New View.

If you arrive home remembering the names of more than one of the exhibiting artists and without having to be carried out of one of the galleries, consider the evening a great success! As for your apartment, there’s always next year…

*Photos courtesy of Hong Kong ArtWalk



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