Bridget Riley and her galloping colours

Viewing the show of Bridget Riley’s latest works at the Sunley Room, the National Gallery, has been a real treat. It seems always apt that her work is shown here, at the gallery where the genuine paintings of old masters like Seurat, Mantegna and Raphael, whom she admired, are exhibited. I have always been quiteContinue reading “Bridget Riley and her galloping colours”

Rachel Whiteread’s drawings

Rachel Whiteread’s drawings exhibited at Tate Britain are a fascinating account that compare sculptures with modern architecture. Sketching furniture with correction fluid, tracing silhouettes of buildings and spaces on graph paper, articulate a deep preoccupation with the way imagination converts one’s two-dimensional seeing into a three-dimensional world. In some sketches, buildings are painted over withContinue reading “Rachel Whiteread’s drawings”

Frederick Cayley Robinson: Acts of Mercy

I have chanced upon the Wellcome Trust sponsored exhibition at National Gallery the other day – Frederick Cayley Robinson’s Acts of Mercy and other paintings. While his work seems calm and serene at the outset, one discovers how the subtlety and flat colours combine to express both hope and resignation. This is related to theContinue reading “Frederick Cayley Robinson: Acts of Mercy”

Poem inspired by Surreal House show at the Barbican

This is the floor of my mind. The floor. You can curl your limbs and your mind as if in yoga. Fold up your thoughts, one by one, then undo the positions. The stove is hot. Don’t touch it. Don’t touch. And don’t surf. Or I’ll stab your hands with pencils. I mean it. GirlContinue reading “Poem inspired by Surreal House show at the Barbican”

Picasso and the Mediterranean mood

Looking at the exclusive family-owned collection of his paintings, sculptures and drawings exhibited at the Gagosian Gallery this summer, it is wonderful to be reminded how irrelevant age is to one’s imagination and creativity. That flamboyant body of work was what Picasso, in his 60s, created in the Mediterranean. The colourful ceramics featured in theContinue reading “Picasso and the Mediterranean mood”

Good morning Hong Kong towel

I am thinking of an artpiece I did a while ago – Good Morning Hong Kong. This is the most traditional towel you can find in Hong Kong, with the Chinese words in red: ‘Wish you a good morning’. Although it is more associated with working classes, I like its down-to-earth character. Decorated with theContinue reading “Good morning Hong Kong towel”

Hong Kong’s favourite: Instant noodles

I was always teased for my love of instant noodles. The midnight cravings for the unhealthy food. The other day I took a close examination at it and manipulate the perspective, with some fascinating findings. The first image shows cooked instant noodles in its original, pure state. The choice of wooden chopsticks is used intentionally.Continue reading “Hong Kong’s favourite: Instant noodles”

Henry Moore

With the exhibition on Henry Moore drawing to a close at Tate Britain, I went there for a browse. I had always harboured interest for the artist’s work, ever since I noticed ‘The Oval’ in Exchange Square, Hong Kong. Compared to the two isolated sculptures I saw in my home city, this exhibition at theContinue reading “Henry Moore”

Simplicity and optimism in the work of Christian Købke

The three-month exhibition at the National Gallery featuring Christian Købke’s paintings has done a great job in raising profile of this lesser-known Danish artist who died young, reviving attention towards Købke’s interpretation of characters and colours in his artwork. Anchored in the simplicity of folk life and customs, and with an invested faith in realism, Købke’s workContinue reading “Simplicity and optimism in the work of Christian Købke”