Gallery: Pékin Fine Arts
Artist(s): Phénix Varbanov
Opening / Event Date: 28 Jul, 2023
Closing / End Date: 30 Sep, 2023
Galerie Koo is delighted to present “Reminiscences” by Hong Kong artists Joshua Leung and Kwong Kwok Wai.
Exhibition Period: 12th August to 9th September 2023
Opening Reception: 12th August 2023 (Saturday)
Time: 3 – 6 pm
(Artist in attendance)
Exploring the relationship between people and the city is the central theme of Joshua Leung and Kwong Kwok Wai‘s work. Both are contemporary artists born and raised in Hong Kong, a unique place in terms of geography, culture and academic background, Leung and Kwong’s work conveys a dense expression of urban conditions and their own feelings about living in the city.
Joshua believes that art is a powerful tool for communicating values and perspectives – a glue that binds communities together. His works are not only narratives rooted in reality but also, retain a sense of self-conscious spirituality that is intertwined with the abstraction of the subject matter.
For Kwok Wai finding ‘Elysium’ is a universal desire, he expressed it in a contemporary approach using abstractions to push the boundaries of interpretation. Using old local maps as a reference in his painting process, he transformed them into organic marks and shapes of a new imaginary land. For him, it’s a process of rebirth and reconciliation with the unknown self.
Both artists record their feelings about Hong Kong, hoping to build a bridge through their works, thus communicating with the viewer and creating resonance.