“I like to see how people interact with my work and the comments they leave for each drawing. To me, creating resonance is very fulfilling.” – Mr. Paul
Life is fun! Adding a little humor with imagination, we can turn daily life into a joke effortlessly. The popular dark humor illustrator Mr. Paul is good at playing on words and using colorful tones to create a series of resonant and funny illustrations. From May 5 to June 5 2022, Mr. Paul’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong – “Mr. Paul’s Playground on His Mind” is exhibited at Gallery by the Harbour. Nearly 50 selected artworks in the past 8 years are showcased. What’s more, Mr. Paul has created 3 latest illustrations with the theme of Hong Kong’s authentic snacks for the exhibition exclusively. Apart from his artworks, a series of limited-edition premiums are also available in the exhibition, including postcard, phone case and tote bag etc, so that visitors can bring happiness home.
Nearly 50 selected artworks Inspired from daily life
Most of Mr. Paul’s inspiration comes from life: chatting with friends, shopping, dining, working, and conversations between young people etc. When he hears a word or phrase, he often turns it fun and creates unexpected and interesting illustrations. The picturization of the words is one of the characteristics of his works. Through simple illustrations and words, people can instantly understand the hidden messages and resonance. The exhibition features nearly 50 of his most popular works in the past 8 years, including “Earn a living with face”, “Young hunk”, “Polite neck muscle” and “Be pregnant for 10 months, over drinking for 10 months” etc., which makes people laugh.
3 latest illustrations with the theme of Hong Kong’s authentic snacks
Besides, Mr. Paul has created 3 latest illustrations with the theme of Hong Kong’s authentic snacks, including “Buddha bubble waffles” which shows an egg waffle paper bag printed with the face of the Big Buddha; “Emotional egg tarts” which has various facial expressions on egg tarts; “YuenYeung (coffee with milk tea)” in which a couple of mandarin ducks swim on a cup of coffee with milk tea.
Besides the artwork, a series of limited-edition premiums are also available for sale in the exhibition, including Mr. Paul x RhinoShield phone cases and Mr. Paul x Find Viewer tote bag. Limited quantity while stocks last.
“Mr. Paul’s Playground on His Mind”
Date: 5 May – 5 June 2022
Time: 11am- 10pm
Venue: Gallery by the Harbour (Shop 207, Level 2, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui)
About Mr. Paul
In 2014, Mr. Paul still worked in an office at the time, and decided to study drawing on his own and make doodles. From reproducing still-life portraits in the beginning to adding some of his own whimsy, he began to share his work with the public on social media, which accumulated nearly 34K IG followers. In 2018, he quit his full time job and became an illustrator. He published his personal illustration collection book in 2020.
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