Art exhibition: Billy Childish at Lehmann Maupin

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.

Billy Childish at Lehmann Maupin 1

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.

Billy Childish at Lehmann Maupin 2

In the picture above, the artist is partially camouflaged amongst the leaves of an oak tree.

Billy Childish at Lehmann Maupin 3

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.

Lehmann Maupin
407 Pedder Building
12 Pedder Street
Central

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