The Fine Art Society is delighted to announce a one-week ‘pop-up’ exhibition in Hong Kong juxtaposing three areas of specialism; Modern British Art, Scottish Painting from 1750 and Contemporary Art.
Since The Fine Art Society was founded in 1876, the gallery has always worked with, and championed, living artists and this diverse selection of works from 1820 to the present day aims to show an interesting art historical experience in a young and dynamic market.
The contemporary section of this exhibition follows on from the collaborative show The British Cut held at The Space in May 2012 with The Cat Street Gallery.
Some of the names presented in the exhibition will be very familiar to Hong Kong collectors such as the duo Rob and Nick Carter who will present their multifaceted, inventive practice. Also instantly recognizable is the Godfather of Pop Art, Sir Peter Blake who has created a collectible flag for The Fine Art Society in his distinctive visual language. Hugo Dalton employs Asian elements in his sitespecific light installation for The Space.
Following on from the successful Hong Kong debut of several artists in The British Cut, this exhibition revisits key names such as Chris Levine who created the well-known portraits of Queen Elizabeth II, a series that will be contextualized with other unique work by the pioneering light artist. Included too are paintings by Melanie Comber, offering another opportunity to see her textured abstract surfaces in advance of her first solo show with The Cat Street Gallery next spring. An artist who made a considerable impact in May was Emily Young, Britain’s foremost stone carver, who deftly straddles a classical legacy with a visionary approach to her exquisite materials.
Joining them is a selection of artists – both emerging and established - who have not yet been exposed widely to an Asian audience. These include a key work by the Renaissance Man John Bryne, much loved for his illustrious playwright career as well as for his masterful paintings. The Sydney-based realist painter Giles Alexander exhibits full mastery of his medium in his mesmerising group of oil and resin creations. Mario Rossi’s paintings revisitswhat might be considered the over-determined genre of the 'seascape', which in relation to issues relating to geopolitics, identity and territory re-emerges as a charged site. Finally, there will be photographic work by two artists who each use their medium to allow us to see the world differently; the telescopic cityscapes by Peter Newman and the young architectural photographer Gina Soden who explores portrayals of dereliction.