Artist(s): Francis Bacon, Adrian Ghenie, Zeng Fanzhi, George Condo, Yukimasa Ida
Opening / Event Date: 2 Jun, 2022
Closing / End Date: 30 Nov, 2022
Committed to pursuing the depth and philosophy of shui mo (“water-ink”), Galerie Ora-Ora has been dedicated to the development of ink since the very beginning. Riding on the undeniable trend of contemporary ink, auction records have reached new heights each season, creating great recognition and success for many artists. While the current contemporary ink market has been dominated by the work of masters and contemporaries, a period of ink featuring artists born subsequent to the Second World War have been notably under-discovered. Launching a new series “Rediscovering Shui Mo”, Galerie Ora-Ora is excited to present a compilation of exhibitions featuring this intermediate generation of ink artists. Consequent to early ink masters like Lui Shou-kwan, these “hidden gems” play a fundamental role to the development and history of shui mo. Ora-Ora will inaugurate this series with the paintings of local Hong Kong artist Nina Pryde. This exhibition seeks to bring the ancient culture of shan shui (“landscape”) painting to contemporary light.
Born and raised in post war Hong Kong, Nina Pryde faced the aftermath of the war head on. Burdened with the responsibility of supporting her large family at a young age, Nina faced the obstacles of a child factory worker by day, and a student by night. While this undoubtedly delayed her professional career as an artist, her determination, diligence and passion for art never faded. In 2004, Nina’s artwork caught the attention of contemporary ink master Wucius Wong. Honoured wth the opportunity as one of Wong’s esteemed protégés, under Wong’s guidance and encouragement, Nina began her pursuit of the theories and traditions of Chinese ink painting, while developing her own technical interpretation of contemporary shan shui.