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Josh Hon, Dead Water Convulsion 2

Josh Hon, Dead Water Convulsion 2 (1984), oil on canvas [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Mar 4-May 28] Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery, Courtesy of the Artist

Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong Artists in Vancouver

Vancouver Art Gallery
Vancouver BC – Mar 4-May 28, 2017

Paul Chui, North Series #5

Paul Chui, North Series #5 (2013), ink and pigment on paper [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Mar 4-May 28] Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery, Courtesy of the Artist

Carrie Koo, Sunset

Carrie Koo, Sunset (1996), acrylic on canvas [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Mar 4-May 28] Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery, Courtesy of the Artist

While this June marks the 20th anniversary of the transfer of Hong Kong sovereignty from the UK to mainland China, emigration in advance of this transfer was already well underway, with many former residents having moved to cities like Vancouver, fearful of a government said to be indisposed to capitalism. As it turned out, things remained more or less business as usual, with Vancouver’s art scene among the beneficiaries.

Four artists who came to Vancouver from Hong Kong between the1960s and the 1980s are David Lam, Paul Chui, Carrie Koo and Josh Hon, all whom are the focus of an exhibition that explores the early stages of modern landscape and abstract painting in the years leading up to their departure.

Of these paintings, many are influenced by the artists’ new surroundings. In David Lam’s watercolour Canyon Park (1975) we see the influence of Cubism and montage, where the southern face of Vancouver’s North Shore Mountains overlooks what could be a northern BC lake. Carrie Koo’s expressive acrylic-on-canvas Sunset (1996), though equally placeless, is dominated by an atmospheric condition that, like J.M.W. Turner’s Rain, Steam, and Speed – The Great Western Railway (1844), belongs as much to the active mind as it does to the passive, if furtive, landscape.

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Paul Chui, North Series #4

Paul Chui, North Series #4 (2013), ink and pigment on paper [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Mar 4-May 28] Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery, Courtesy of the Artist

David Lam, My favourite place - Canyon Park

David Lam, My favourite place - Canyon Park (1975), watercolour [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Mar 4-May 28] Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery, Collection of Sam Wu


 Tue, Apr 4, 2017