“Past Continuous Tense” 2011 is originally the title of an art piece by Lam Tung-pang depicting a wildfire, where images of trees were copied from ancient Chinese, Korean and Japanese painters. It is a metaphor of connecting the past and now, creation and destruction. In this exhibition with the same title, Lam continues this metaphor with his real experience of city development and his frequent visits to the village of Ma Shi Po in Fanling. A large-size painting (220cm x 480cm) showing the artist’s impression of Ma Shi Po and his complex feelings towards the development of cityscape will be featured. Also on display are an installation of a found object from Ma Shi Po and a group of paintings on plywood, inspired mainly by Chinese paintings.
Currently living and working in Hong Kong, Lam Tung-pang uses both traditional (oil, acrylic, charcoal, pencil) and non-traditional (nails, sand, plywood) materials to produce thought-provoking pieces engaging with the ideas of memory, history or reflecting the specific situation of individuals or groups. They are mostly related to specific situations or social contents and some of them are in monument scale. All of Lam’s works are given a touch of humanity that makes them more approachable. Lam studied Fine Art at the Chinese University of Hong Kong before undertaking an MA at Central St Martin’s College of Art, London in 2004. He has been awarded numerous scholarship and awards, including Arts Scholarship from Hong Kong Arts Development Council (2003), “Hunting Art Prizes Young Artist of the Year” in U.K.(2005) and Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Awards (2009). He has exhibited extensively world-wide and has work in many private and public collections, including Deutsche Bank and Hong Kong Museum of Art.