This year's Hanart TZ Gallery Summer Show features five new artists: two from China and three from Hong Kong. All emerging artists, each has already won recognition through recent awards, show their work till August 31.
Li Songsong is one of the artists featured in the Hong Kong Summer Show. A more senior artist and a PhD candidate at Qinghua University, Li has just won the prestigious Chinese Contemporary Award (CCA award) in Beijing this year.
Li's free style depiction of historical events through black and white oil painting picks up the tradition of grand historical narrative of socialist art, and renders a fresh link with modern China's official painting.
Another participating artist, Shen Ruijun works with brush and ink, and she is now pursuing a master degree in USA. Her biomorphic forms take plants and rockery into the realm of erotic and psychological fantasy.
Silia Tung, originally from Hong Kong, has met critical acclaim since completing her degree at the Slade School in London. Tung's paintings of teaming, luminous creatures are inspired by imagination of the microbiological world; she has also structured the paintings so that the squares connect at more than one side, to hint at the wondrous engineering of nature.
Au Hoi-lam has also just completed her master's degree, and her oil painting has a controlled lyricism that addresses traces of her personal emotional life; the pastel colours and balanced forms reflect a youthful optimism.
Kwan Sheung-chi won the Hui's Fine Arts Competition the previous year. Kwan's conceptualist works satirise the market mechanism of fame and production, inventively exploiting features of Hong Kong's local consumer industry and art education system.