5 Hong Kong Artists You Need to Know About
From cursive curses to graffiti grunge, we highlight five of Hong Kong’ most creative artists
All hail Samson Young, the very first traveling artist of the BMW Art Journey. A ground breaking sound artist, Young was traditionally trained as a composer before turning to multimedia projects and site specific performances. Young’s work starts its journey this summer so keep your eyes peeled for his creative exploits.
Tsang Kin-Wah’s signature style of text and video melange has garnered acclaim both locally and further afield, having recently represented Hong Kong on the global stage at the Venice Biennale with his work “The Infinite Nothing.” Tsang’s best-known works playfully combine English and Chinese text weaving profanity-laden text into fantastic floral designs.
Hong Kong-based award winning artist Lee Kit isn’t limited by genre. Working across media turning his hand to drawing, painting, video and installation. Kit is most renowned for his hand-painted cloth works, which embody his enduring design ethos of focusing on the artistic process.
Kwan Sheung Chi
International art fans have yet to discover this born and bred Hong Kong star. Kwan has not shown extensively internationally, but this hasn’t hampered him from bringing home the inaugural Hugo Boss Asia Art Award. Working across a broad range of media including installations, drawings, performance and photography, no need to fear as there’s something for every art lover with Kwan.
City walls become the canvas for this fresh, emerging Hong Kong graffiti artist. An illustrator as well as a graffiti artist, Carotoes’ murals have adorned walls worldwide from Shanghai to Hawaii. Bold, bright colours and lines are emblematic of her work, but you won’t find it in the gallery so keep an eye out around town!
Fashion and lifestyle journalist Babette Radclyffe-Thomas is based in the concrete jungle of creativity, Hong Kong. Having spent her formative teenage years in Hong Kong, after a MA in Fashion Journalism from the London College of Fashion, the city’s charms lured her back and she has made it her mission to discover the latest creative hotspots and trend setters.