Saturday, February 24, 2018
Frog King Turns 70, Experiments in Ink Since the 1970s
10 Chancery Lane Gallery
G/F, 10 Chancery Lane,
SoHo, Central, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Sep 28, 2017 To Nov 25, 2017
Detail: Throughout his career, Frog King has been working with ink in myriad ways. He began his artistic practice as a traditional ink painter under the guidance of Lui Shou-Kwan, who was known as Hong Kong’s new ink painting master during the time of his tuition in the 1970s. However, he quickly broke tradition and started to experiment with ink in more conceptual ways.
Frog King's use of ink includes performance, daily practice of painting calligraphy expressing his innovated “Sandwich Font” merging Chinese characters and Western writing, graffiti, collage paintings and screens that layers his many methods of ink practices, one-second painting performances, sculptural works and installations, as well as signature Frog King ink chops among many other techniques.
Frog King's motto, “Art is life, Life is Art” is something that we see not only appearing within his works but is something he lives by. He works constantly on his artworks, usually waking in the early hours to paint or sitting in Hong Kong cafes brush and paper in hand. Frog King says that he feels totally free working on his ink paintings into the night as if his mind is lost in his work.
Opening Reception with the artist at 10 Chancery Lane Gallery:
28 September, 2017, 6.30-8.30pm
(Members of the press are invited to attend the opening reception)
Frog King, Peace-scape
30 x 44 cm
Ink and watercolour on paper