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Opening / Event Date:
24 September, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Closing / End Date:
18 October, 2020
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Exhibition Dates: 24 September – 18 October 2020

Opening Reception: Thursday 24 September, 6-8 pm

Blue Lotus Gallery: G/F 28 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Opening hours: Wed-Sun | 11am to 6pm

Wing Shya is a Master when it comes to capturing or amplifying particular human emotions and atmospheres. He pictures the tactile tension that exists between lovers: togetherness, intimacy or the hint of the erotic about to unfold. Or he frames the extreme opposite: the deep longing for love and connection, loneliness and isolation. Either way, there often is a sense of time being suspended. As if reality is slowing down and standing still in time.  There is a strong sense of waiting. Something dramatic is about to happen.

This quality might stem from when he worked on film sets with Wong Kar Wai when he was only able to shoot seconds before or after scenes. The mood created in these moments, which Wing Shya managed to pin down so skillfully, became his signature style.

We have made a selection of prints from various projects spanning a career of over 20  years, ranging from stills of Wong Kar Wai movie sets, fashions commissions, photo shoots of celebrities and his own artistic adventures.

2020 has been a year of isolation and times of bonding. People have been separated from their loved ones or forced to be together. In this emotionally challenging year we believe most of us can relate the core human feelings he so expertly expresses in his work.

About the artist:

Born in Hong Kong 1964. Wing Shya’s work encompasses the realms of film, art and fashion. After graduating from Emily Carr Institute in Canada, Wing Shya returned to Hong Kong and founded the award-winning design studio, Shya-La-La Workshop. Shya, who is renowned in typography and an outstanding graphic designer, has won numerous design awards for contributing numerous designs to the Hong Kong music and pop culture industries.

In 1997, appointed by Film Director Wong Kar-Wai as still photographer and graphic designer; Shya began collaborating with WKW on films Happy Together, In the Mood for Love, Eros and 2046. By the year 2019, the collaboration has evolved into numerous projects as conceptions of both individuals, ranging from motion pictures to art videos catering to top-tier luxury brands like Saint Laurent, and more.

A now-recognized director, Shya began his venture in filmmaking by collaborating with musicians like Jacky Cheung and Vanessa Mae on music videos. In Spring 2010, Shya debuted his block-buster feature film, Hot Summer Days and continued to work on the sequel, Love in Space, which was released in Fall 2011. In 2010, invited by Rodarte; Shya conceived of a fashion-art film for their Maggie Cheung Collection, and in 2011, he was invited by YOOX to conceive of Lost Paradise, an art/fashion video for thecorner.com, China. Over the course of the 2010s, Shya continued to work on various videographic projects for commercial initiatives like Sacaii, MOTHER magazine, i-D magazine and musicians like Li Yuchun. In year 2020, Shya is expected to release a feature film produced by WKW.

Wing Shya made his return to fine art In March 2006. Invited by the Mori Art Museum in Roppongi, Tokyo; Shya was the first foreign photographer to exhibit at the museum with his inaugural show, Distraction/Attraction. In 2007, he was selected to exhibit in In Fashion 07, curated by Marion de Beaupré at Art Basel Miami, in which his works were first collected by an international calibre. In October the same year, he had a solo exhibition, Jealousy, at Xintiandi, Shanghai. Shya also took part in China Design Now in 2008, which was exhibited at V&A Museum. During the early 2010s, Shya exhibited with Louise Alexander Gallery of Italy and +81 Gallery both in Tokyo and New York. In November 2017, Shya showcased his well-received retrospective show at SCoP Shanghai, curated by Karen Smith, which the same show travelled to Xie Zilong Photography Museum in Changsha in the Spring of 2019. Curated again by Karen Smith, Shya exhibited his works in the year 2020 edition of Kyotographie.


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