Homegrown: 5 Hong Kong artists to look for at Art Central

Further strengthening our city’s claim as Asia’s arts hub is the addition of Art Central to the growing list of satellite fairs based around the behemoth that is Art Basel Hong Kong. Brought to us by the founders of Art HK — one of Hong Kong’s first homegrown arts festivals to receive attention on the international art stage — the 10,000 square foot marquee on the New Central Harbourfront will showcase a carefully selected and exciting mix of established and emerging contemporary artists.

As you might imagine though, navigating a structure of that size could be a little overwhelming. If you’re all about celebrating local talent — and, let’s face it, who isn’t — we’ve hand picked our five favourite Hong Kong artists you need to check out at Art Central.

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Sonya Fu

Exhibiting with local gallery AP Contemporary, you might have spotted Fu’s digital works on one of your ambles down Tai Ping Shan. Part of Hong Kong’s new generation of ‘cyberpunk’ artists, Fu’s work often depicts young girls in dream states or parallel/virtual universes.

(Sonya Fu, ‘I Imagine’, 2014. Image courtesy AP Contemporary)


Kassia Ko

Kassia Ko doesn’t look far for her inspiration — her ink paintings often capture the beauty of Hong Kong’s natural, unadulterated landscapes. Ko’s reinterpretation of traditional Chinese painting is detailed and serene, allowing the audience to reflect on a Hong Kong before skyscrapers.

(Kassia Ko, ‘Through The Haze, 2014. Image courtesy Galerie Koo)


Vivian Poon

Nominated for Art Central’s RISE Award (sponsored by J.Crew) for emerging artists from emerging galleries, Poon’s drawings and paintings are presented in clever installations. Her intention with her installation at Art Central is to invite the audience to question the limitations of what they know — look out for her colourful take on calm and simplicity.

(Vivian Poon, ‘Drawing no. 14’, 2014. Image courtesy Mur Normande)



Vanessa Wong

Big props to the Cat Street Gallery for selecting exclusively local artists to represent them at the inaugural Art Central. One we’re loving is Vanessa Wong, whose watercolour and oil paintings explore the relationship between human desires and objects through the lens of consumerism, with a cheeky nod to pop art as well.

(Vanessa Wong, ‘Entity 007’. Image courtesy Cat Street Gallery)



Sim Chan

Using cityscapes as a starting point, Hong Kong Arts School grad Sim Chan’s work is a tangible expression of the desire to both blur and unlock boundaries of forms within the city. From his studio in Fo Tan, Chan has garnered fans both here and abroad, while still retaining a distinctly Hong Kong voice.

(Sim Chan, ‘SimCity_No38’. Image courtesy Cat Street Gallery)

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