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HONG KONG CALLING by Rewa Walia

HONG KONG CALLING by Rewa Walia

Rewa Walia : Artist and Travel Art Reporter

Rewa Walia

Hollywood Road in Central Hong Kong has owls and bats springing out to the viewer’s eye ball.With three legged stockings hiding a party going spotted skull creating more mystery in the white snow like landscape, which is wall; the canvas; a stage for the collaborated art of Jerome Meynen, Francois Dieltiens and Antoine Detaille. Not far were skulls of a different kind, singing Happy Halloween in the thickness of night and buzz of the day. Spiders and stocking clad heeled legs of demons with flared skirts screamed for attention from passer bys. The Wellington gallery of Hong Kong had larger than life faces of artist Fang Hui, and moments caught in almond eyes; so deep they reveal darkness of personalities. Then there was the art of Qi Baicheng, and his hands replacing heads; coiled and twisted to the overpowering nature of masses. Art seemed to have overtaken the proud streets in Central Hong Kong, just then it seemed to have a deeper meaning in the collection of Korean art by Harry, the managing director of Korea Gallery, who seemed to have fallen into the business by chance, re-discovering the purpose of his obsession. What really grabbed my attention was the art of Chun Kwang Young, hanging among other masters on the walls of Opera Gallery. The artist is best known for his free-standing compositions and two-dimensional low-reliefs made of small triangles of Styrofoam wrapped in printed paper, each small piece tied with twisted “threads” of the paper. A multi- leveled gallery that offers something for everyone was a space where I found staying power, among a great collection of art, with professional staff to guide me. Isn’t that what you’d expect from a visit to the ever moving place called Hong Kong?

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Inside Opera Gallery             

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Inside Wellington Gallery

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Artist Fang Hui at Wellington Gallery

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Halloween decorations on the streets

Some links for further exploration.

http://www.operagallery.com/ang/asia/hong-kong.html

http://www.sundaramtagore.com/

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