Hong Kong, March 12th, 2018: In less than 2 weeks the 12th edition of the Asia Contemporary Art Show will open. The first art fair in this year’s Hong Kong Arts Month, the Show opens on March 23rd and continues until the 26th at the Conrad Hong Kong. As the longest-running and most successful hotel art fair in Asia, the Show will feature artworks: original paintings, limited editions, sculpture and photography by some of the world's most interesting and promising artists.
Beginning on Friday, March 23rd, arts patrons and select guests will be welcomed at the exclusive UnionPay Private View, followed by the invitation-only UnionPay VIP Collectors Preview. General admission opens on Saturday, March 24th with fun HK Liquor Store Art Night, and continues until Monday, March 26th.
“Art is a journey of discovery,” remarked Show Director Mark Saunderson, “at the Asia Contemporary Art Show, we invite visitors to immerse themselves and discover art. The sector Artist Dialogues was expressly created to encourage direct interaction between artists and visitors, giving visitors the opportunity to learn about artists’ inspiration and artistic practice. To allow visitors to understand the art on display, the Show has in conjunction with Accidental Art arranged a series of guided tours.”
Saunderson continues, “We are excited to present so many different artists, each with their own distinctive narrative and style. Take for example Emma Hack whose body camouflage paintings are inspired by the unique flora and fauna of her native Australia. Illustrator Jeff Murray creates visuals inspired by music, film, lifestyle and exploration of travel for you to get lost within. Gareth Griffiths’ sculptures takes inspiration from 1950s era West Coast “Googie” architecture with their flowing lines, abstract cut-outs and upswept roofs. The Luo Brothers use gaudy art to reflect on the socio-economic and cultural changes in China. There’s simply so much to see and take in at the Show, of course the opportunity to buy a piece or two.”
Ai Weiwei, China - Macey & Sons, Room 4226
Ai Weiwei (b. 1957) is an activist, architect, curator, filmmaker, and China’s most famous artist. Some of Ai’s best known works are installations, often tending towards the conceptual and sparking dialogue between the contemporary world and traditional Chinese modes of thought and production. Ai served as artistic consultant on the design of the “Bird’s Nest” stadium for Beijing’s 2008 Olympics, and has curated pavilions and museum exhibitions around the globe.
"Hanging Man in Porcelain" by Ai Weiwei, Macey & Sons, Hong Kong, Room 4226
Jeff Murray, United Kingdom – Room 4126
Jeff Murray (b. 1986) creates visuals that art lovers can get lost within, making you find something new each time. With inspiration taken from the exploration of the world, the endless search for new outcomes never tires. By drawing these vivid ideas in art formations, they allow you to step into an intricate world of surreal illusions, intertwining natural surroundings and realistic impressions.
"Florence" by Jeff Murray, United Kingdom, Room 4126
Gareth Griffiths, United Kingdom – Fabrik Gallery,
Gareth Griffiths’ sculptures are influenced by West Coast American architecture called “Googie” that incorporated flowing lines, odd abstract cut-outs, upswept roofs, boomerang shapes that looked more like works of art rather than simply functional buildings. Griffiths’ sculptures are colourful and eye catching and are made with the intention of catching people’s attention and drawing people closer.
“Graciosa Blue” by Gareth Griffiths, Fabrik Gallery, Hong Kong, Room 4311
David Roy Ocotla, Mexico – X Espacio, Room 4223
David Roy Ocotla’s (b. 1984) work is recognized for his iconic portraits with a strong influence of urban art mixed with classical visual art techniques, that elevate and captivate the feelings of those that inspire him. He bases himself on the dialogue and the exercise of understanding and questioning his environment and daily space, through the diverse pictorial, visual and conceptual problematics.
“Violetal” by David Roy Ocotla, X Espacio, Mexico, Room 4223
Moon Hyeong-Tae, Korea – GALLERY MAC, Room 4016
Moon Hyeong-Tae (b. 1976) expresses his daily routines, experiences and surroundings through his work. With their distorted shapes and colors, they create surrealistic scenes, which extend beyond the documentary recording of his daily routines, to express the artist’s emotions and experiences as well.
“Supercar” by Moon Hyeong-Tae, GALLERY MAC, South Korea, Room 4016
Emma Hack, Australia – Emma Hack Gallery, Room 4203
Emma Hack (b. 1972) has received great acclaim for her refined body paint camouflage technique; through a combination of painting on canvas, body painting and studio-based photography, her work evokes a rich array of visual narrative and magical realism. Emma Hack’s diverse artwork collections draw inspiration from the unique Australian flora and fauna, as well as Oriental influences and expanding to fine embroidered portraits.
"Zola with Lillies" by Emma Hack, Emma Hack Gallery, Australia, Room 4203
Mie Kodama, Japan – Wamono Art, Room 4308
Mie Kodama’s (b. 1976) series of circular woven works are inspired by the beauty of nature: the moon, trees, sunset reflected on the surface of a lake. Her multi-layered works use “Susutake”, a smoked and deep brown bamboo. Her works evoke the calmness of nature that at the same time provide a deeper understanding of the world around us.
“Corona of the Sun” by Mie Kodama, Wamono Art, Japan, Room 4308
Luis Fuentes, Peru, Room 4120
Luis Fuentes’ (b. 1969) paintings are an invitation into a peaceful world where the sea is the main protagonist. Luis has the ability to take the viewer on a trip through open windows for an enjoyable walk on the sand, rocks and water. One of the most important elements of Luis’ artwork is the contrast between light and shadow, giving his works a glowing illusion of reality.
“Light on the Window” by Luis Fuentes, Peru, Room 4120
Yoo Sun-Tai, Korea – Galerie GAIA, Room 4306
Yoo Sun-Tai (b. 1957) is one of Korea's most widely recognized contemporary artists. While pursuing his PhD in Paris, the artist developed his now well-known style of three-dimensional painting. Yoo is obsessed with objects, which he utilises as metaphors for life’s elements whose meanings depend on personal imagination or interpretation.
"The Words 1" by Yoo, Sun-Tai, Galerie GAIA, South Korea, Room 4306
Luo Brothers, China – Amanda Wei Gallery, Room 4326
Luo Weidong, Luo Weiguo, Luo Weibing-- called "Luo Brothers" are some of the earliest Chinese contemporary artists to have influences on artistic communities in the Western world. Coming from the southern Chinese province of Guangxi, they represent the classic "gaudy" art. Their works serve as a barometer for the socio-economic and cultural change in China.
“Welcome 10” by Luo Brothers, Amanda Wei Gallery, Hong Kong, Room 4326
Jean-Marc Peyer, France, Room 4106
Jean-Marc Peyer (b. 1948) is a French-Swiss artist residing in the South of France. His paintings represent his vision and deep feelings for this luminous, harsh and sometimes very mysterious Provence. The strength of the colours, the shapes, bring forward an atmosphere of peace and warmth, occasionally with a hint towards abstraction. A very personal and stylized representation, which has brought him worldwide recognition.
“Hamlet called “Les Baumettes”, near Mouries in Provence” by Jean-Marc Peyer, France, Room 4106
Langton’s East Asia
Hospitality partner Langton’s East Asia will be pouring their exclusive Charles de Fère, Réserve Blanc de Blancs Brut, NV at the exclusive UnionPay Private View and UnionPay VIP Collector’s Preview on ThursdayFriday, September March, 21st23rd. With its brilliant gold hue and white fruit aromas, the Réserve Blanc de Blancs Brut is bottle-aged for 12 months using the méthode traditionnelle, resulting in an elegant wine with a long-lasting palate that exquisitely balances freshness and fruit.
Langton’s East Asia will also be on hand to let you experience Australian terroir and discover the diversity of six key Australian wine regions with exclusive guided tastings throughout the evening. Some of Australia’s finest producers will feature, with a few of the next generation also showcased.
HK Liquor Store
HK Liquor Store Art Night on Saturday evening September March 24th will be welcoming over 20 artists from around the world exhibiting in Artist Dialogues, a special sector focuses on solo or joint artist presentations. HK Liquor Store will be serving a crisp and delicious “Eve’s Spirit” – a specially created whiskey cocktail for the Asia Contemporary Art Show, made with Gold Bar Whiskey. Guests at the Show will also be able to take part in an exclusive whiskey tasting on the 41st floor.
With over 1,800 products featured on its website and over 500 products in its stores, HK Liquor Store aims to bring the widest variety and best value spirits to consumer's hands.
The Founder of the Asia Contemporary Art Show
The Founders and Directors of the Asia Contemporary Art Show are three art enthusiasts with more than 25 years’ experience in the region, Mark Saunderson, Douwe Cramer and Sarah Benecke. Viewed as pioneers in the art space, they consider the interest of artists, galleries and buyers are best served by providing vibrant fairs and online content which stimulate discovery, exploration, and conversations about art. The Asia Contemporary Art Show is Hong Kong’s only art fair that take place twice a year.
Asia Contemporary Art Buyer
The Founders of the Asia Contemporary Art Show also produce Asia’s leading art website, Asia Contemporary Art Buyer (http://www.asiacontemporaryart.com). The site features over 12,000 artworks from 1,600 artists. Asia Contemporary Art Buyer extends the value of the Asia Contemporary Art Show for both buyers and sellers of art, from an exciting four-day Show with face-to-face engagement wzith artists and galleries, to 365 days a year and 24/7 online for personal browsing and buying.
THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS
Lead Partner UnionPay International
UnionPay International (UPI) is a subsidiary of China UnionPay focused on the growth and support of UnionPay’s global business. In partnership with more than 1,700 institutions worldwide, UnionPay International has enabled card acceptance in 168 countries and regions with issuance in 48 countries and regions. UnionPay International provides high quality, cost-effective and secure cross-border payment services to the world’s largest cardholder base and ensures convenient local services to a growing number of global UnionPay cardholders and merchants.
Macey & Sons
As a long-standing pioneer in art brokerage and auctioneering, Macey & Sons advise clients on starting and expanding their art collection, enabling them to make steady returns on investments through art. Macey & Sons specialise in sourcing and trading art in both the primary and secondary markets; with a huge inventory of fine art and luxury collectables from all over the world.
Macey & Sons also offer a rich and varied portfolio including famous fine art masters, blue chip Chinese contemporary ink, iconic legends and award-winning emerging artists.
To expand global reach and give more investment opportunities to clients in Asia, Macey & Sons has formed strategic alliances with Lyon & Turnbull, one of the longest established auction houses in the UK since 1826, along with Freemans, the oldest auction house in the US.
Amanda Wei Gallery
Amanda Wei Gallery exhibits unique art pieces from around the world, including paintings, sculpture, photographs, multimedia, and installations. As a modern art space with an international vision, the Gallery aims to provide an innovative forum to bring well-established artists and their works to Hong Kong while also promoting creative young talent.
The Asia Contemporary Art Show would like to acknowledge and thank arts patrons UnionPay International, Macey & Sons, Amanda Wei Gallery, Langton’s East Asia, HK Liquor Store, and FIJI Water; as well as hospitality partners Gold Bar Whiskey, Samuel Adams, Leaf Tea Boutique, Tranquini and Elite Concepts for their support.
Asia Contemporary Art Show, 12th Edition
Conrad Hong Kong, 40th – 43rd floors
March 23rd – 26th, 2018
Friday, March 23rd
UnionPay Private View (Invitation only) | 4pm – 6pm
UnionPay VIP Collectors Preview (Invitation only) | 6pm – 9pm
Saturday, March 24th | 1pm – 6pm
HK Liquor Store Art Night | 6pm – 9pm
Sunday, March 25th | 12pm – 8pm
Monday, March 26th | 12pm – 6pm
HK$250 (admits two if purchased online; admits one if purchased at the door)
Free admission for children under 16yrs accompanied by an adult.
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