Ignorant me… I have never explored the depths of the Pedder Building. Hence I have never come across the gallery of Lehmann Maupin. What a shame!
I was pleasantly surprised by the exhibition of new paintings by British artist Billy Childish. This is his first show in Hong Kong and I loved how the large-scale portraits and landscapes painted in vivid hues and with frenetic marks on raw linen contrasted with the white walls.
The paintings reminded me of Van Gogh – with its colours and brush strokes. First I thought that the artists had painted fairy tales, but then I read that the pictures are self-portraits.
In the picture above, the artist is partially camouflaged amongst the leaves of an oak tree.
This picture shows Billy standing protectively with his daughter while she peers inquisitively at the viewer. It was a small but very interesting exhibition, and this SCMP article helped me to understand this talented British artist even better!
The show runs until May 3, 2014 and is open Tuesday-Friday fro 10am-7pm and Saturdays 11am-7pm.
407 Pedder Building
12 Pedder Street