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“Affordable Art Like” Re-creation Oil Paintings Exhibition by Siu Hak

27 Dec, 2018

Gallery by the Harbour proudly presents “Affordable Art Like” Re-creation Oil Paintings Exhibition, by Siu Hak, a famous local art illustrator named “Father of Panda-a-Panda”. From 19th December 2018 to 6th January 2019, a series of oil painting “Re-creations” with the theme of “What is Art” will be exhibited.

In recent years, the trend of modern art shows such as “Art Basel” and “Affordable Art Fair” in Hong Kong has inspired Siu Hak to revisit the notion “What is Art”. In doing so, Siu Hak has decided to initiate a game as part of a mini exhibition named “Affordable Art Like”, calling all art lovers and fanatics, as he takes the playful demeanour of his works on paper into the “pure art” realm to search for the answer together.

Siu Hak’s first step in planning the game was to visit “Dafen Oil Painting Village” in Shenzhen, China. He bought a lot of paintings which were deemed cookie cutter, trite and “touristy”, the kind of oil paintings art commentators and experts would call “cliché”.

With each one, Siu Hak then painted his add-ons on top: his well-loved comic strip characters. This process transforms the aforementioned paintings into some quite amusing derivative works, a re-creation of all sorts. In short, it is practically a social experiment to reassess the value of the original paintings: will the selling price soar to a record-high, or dip to an all-time low?

In this exhibition, alongside each of his derivative paintings, Siu Hak will also be showing the manuscripts of his previous weekly comic series “Fake Forensic Science”. It is the biggest party mix of new and old works, of original versus re-creation in this beautiful Victoria Harbour city we thought we knew so well. Let’s take a walk down memory lane and see how many likes we can “Art”!

“Affordable Art Like” Re-creation Oil Paintings Exhibition by Siu Hak

Date: 19/12/2018 – 6/1/2019

Time: 11am – 10pm

Venue: Gallery by the Harbour