Instant Reflection

Hong Kong Artists and Sketches

12/6/2020 - 29/8/2020

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Featuring around 120 sketches by 40 Hong Kong artists from different fields, the exhibition is jointly organised by Sun Museum and Xiang Gang Mei Xie in collaboration with Hong Kong Art.

Sketching is the fundamental skill of representing shapes and forms. It is also an independent art form. The exhibits demonstrate their creators’ keen eyes of observation as well as swift but accurate drawing skills. Spanning a range of media, they speak of the distinctive style of each participating artist: human forms delineated in charcoal; glamorous cityscapes captured in ink wash; atmospheric effects rendered with oil paint; landscapes and architecture depicted with precision typical of the fountain pen. The sketches may appear simple or as a form of doodling and yet adequately reflect the artistic attainments of their creators.

Artists​

Tien Chi

WONG Chau Tung

Wucius WONG

SZETO Nai Chung, Nigel

SHING Kin Cheung

CHU Tat Shing

HO Siu Chung, Alex

SHEN Ping

CHEUK Na

ZHOU Jin

LAM Shiu Chi

LAM Tian Xing

LAM Cheng Feng

LAM Man Kong

QIU Yu Zhang

HAU Siu Ching

WAI King Man, Keman

YUNG Ngai Man

Yick Hang

MA Tat Wai

MA Chuen

Kassia KO

HUI Chiu Ki

HUI Kam Wor, Thomas

CHAN Chung Shu

CHAN Fong Yuen

CHAN Wai

CHAN Chiu Lung

CHEN Keng

PANG Lai Man, Amy

ZENG Damao

WONG Hau Kwei

LIU Cheng Mui

HUNG Hoi

ZHAO Zhijun

AUYEUNG Nai Chim

POON Yeuk Fai

CHOI Kin Yue

TAM Nga Man

TSE Ching

The Art of Sketching

Sketching and drawing are highly related because sketches are in fact a type of drawing. Drawing is a basic skill and can generally be divided into two categories: “slow drawing” in which a painter meticulously depicts a subject and “quick drawing” in which the depiction is rapidly executed. Both are derived from life drawing.

As for how drawing is accomplished, three methods are commonly adopted. The first is by observing the subject from a fixed angle and drawing exactly what is seen. This is named the “linear perspective” as the drawing only has one fixed focal point. The second method is by observing the subject from different perspectives and recording its various forms, known as the “scattered perspective”. As such, “linear perspective” only presents a single form of the subject while “scattered perspective” depicts not a fixed but multiple forms. Consequently, an expanded scene is created since the image of an object is interpreted from different angles.

Painters practising Western painting often use the “linear perspective” to draw a direct replica of what is seen while those practising traditional Chinese painting prefer the “scattered perspective” and draw lines using ink. This is called bai miao (“plain drawing”), similar to drawing in Western art. However, bai miao does not show varying gradations of ink while drawing gives rise to a three-dimensional effect through the light-dark contrast.

Chinese painters emphasise the essence of a sketched subject. They conduct a comprehensive observation and then render all the multiple forms in one drawing. Hence, bai miao is usually a “slow drawing” with “scattered perspective”.

Today, drawing has evolved into an independent art form. In addition to sketching on the spot, a painter often captures the subject in his memory and then reproduces it through changing its form or the whole composition, turning it into his own creative work. This is termed the “painting method”, the third method of drawing. In most cases, “quick drawing” is rendered by the “linear perspective” or “painting method”.

Hong Kong painters have been employing diverse methods while incorporating both Western and Chinese painting. They are not limited to sketching sceneries nor only using a monochromatic pen; they also employ different colour tones such as watercolour, ink or oil paints to rapidly compose a drawing. In terms of style, their sketches are mostly realistic, some combining the meticulous and expressive styles, but seldom abstract.

Modern sketching is not just a preliminary practice, nor is it necessarily categorised under drawing. It is considered a complete painting. A painter must possess great techniques in order to quickly finish an artwork. At the same time, the painter needs to grasp the key feature of the subject within a short time and render it expeditiously. Thematically, a good sketch highlights the atmosphere of a landscape, the essence of a person or that of an object. Such sketches may appear simple or as a form of doodling yet they adequately reflect a creator’s artistic attainment. Hence, we must learn to wholeheartedly appreciate sketching.

 

YEUNG Chun Tong

Director, Sun Museum

Exhibits

WONG Chau Tung

Glamorous Hong Kong

Ink and colour on paper

2020

42 x 29.5 cm

CHEN Keng

Haze

Oil on canvas

2015

30 x 40 cm

HO Siu Chung, Alex

Figure

Charcoal on paper

2000

40 x 40 cm

Yick Hang

Waiting for the Green Traffic Light Signal

Marker on paper

2020

42 x 29.7 cm

Exhibition catalogue

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    Instant Reflection: Hong Kong Artists and Sketches

    Editor: NGAN Yu Ting

    2020, hardcover, Chinese/English, 128 pages, 23.5 x 31 cm

    ISBN: 978-988-78197-3-8

    A fully illustrated exhibition catalogue featuring around 120 sketches by 40 Hong Kong artists from different fields, including Tien Chi, WONG Chau Tung, LAM Tian Xing, HAU Siu Ching, WAI King Man and CHEN Keng.

    Price: HKD$100

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