Hu Qinwu Lightbox - Blue
Faux is delighted to present a unique collection of limited edition Lightboxes by Hu Qinwu
Hu Qinwu (born 1969) was born in Shandong, China, and currently works in Beijing as a painter, photographer and printmaker.
Qinwu studied oil painting at the Yantai Normal Academy, Shandong where he graduated in 1990. He went onto attain a Masters degree in Painting from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing in 2008. In 2010 Qinwu taught as a guest lecturer at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing. Qinwu's choice of materials for his paintings align with the scholarly tradition of Chinese ink painting. However, Qinwu subverts the traditions of the medium through a style that aligns more closely with the aestheticisms of the Abstract movement. The concept behind his style and technique, however, is informed by Zen Buddhist philosophies and practices. Critics have noted that Qinwu's command of ink, tempera, acrylic, oil and print media signals the germination of an exciting new approach to traditional techniques and the burgeoning of an abstract style amongst a young generation of artists in Beijing.
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Faux is delighted to present a unique collection of limited edition Lightboxes by William Furniss
William Furniss is a urbanist and architectural photographer based in Hong Kong.
He was born in London in 1970. An early interest in science and design led to an engineering degree at Exeter University in England before beginning his photographic career in 1991. Initially taken with the idea of working as a portrait photographer, Furniss assisted luminaries of the London scene such Patrick Litchfield and Terry O’Neill.
In 1993 Furniss was encouraged by friends already in residence to visit Hong Kong. Deng Xiaoping had reputedly said “To get rich is glorious” and the world’s focus had suddenly swung towards China. Fully intending to continue portrait photography on arriving in Hong Kong, his work took a marked change of direction.
The alien visual landscape of Hong Kong reignited a fascination with documenting the immediate environment; the rural English landscapes of his youth now being replaced by the chaotic cityscapes of Asia. Initial simple and straight forward records on film developed into ever more complicated narratives through multiple exposures and contact sheets.
Furniss’ interest in cities led him to New York in 1999 with two years spent there developing his approach which today favors pre-visualisation of the image and camera-only manipulations to create a subjective but recognizable record of our time and a testament to the belief that cities should be vibrant, enjoyable, sustainable, democratic places that enable a positive future for us on this planet. Numerous exhibitions have been held of Furniss’ work which features in collections in Hong Kong and elsewhere. His most recent show “Reflection” being his first collaboration with French sculptor and fellow Hongkonger Polo Bourieau.
"I photograph 21st century urban phenomena.
Photography can all too easily stop at the level of appearances and go no further. My work is more than that, is it evocative of my experience, offers me consolation in spite of the times, and is a reminder to exist in the moment. The act of photography is my motivation, the outcome is a signpost to a better life.
My photography starts with a chance encounter, briefly the potential for a photograph will appear, a minute flash of what “might be”—then flicker away just as suddenly. And then the ideas come, my mind forms an optimal visual, and finally, I create those ideas in camera.
In reality a single image of mine can take years for all the right factors to come together, not just photographic factors but life circumstances too; what I am forced to create is meticulously managed serendipity. My equipment is very simple. At best camera, lens, tripod, and feet. The subjects are complicated, I must employ a simple approach to stand any chance of things making sense.
I love the crowded streets of Hong Kong but I don’t want to engage or simply snap what is obvious. I want to record unique circumstances that describe an essential component of the place. I never want to tell the whole story, better to tell the tale picture by picture.
For many years my main subject has been Hong Kong. It is a tumultuous yet highly accessible urban environment. It is constantly inspiring to me. I am grateful for the life I have led here, and seek to celebrate, preserve, and disseminate the city’s importance through my photographic work."
Faux is delighted to present a unique collection of limited edition Lightboxes by Jayne Dyer
Jayne Dyer is an Australian artist based in Lisbon, Portugal and Sydney, Australia.
My international practice is hybrid, interdisciplinary and socially engaged, and address identity and otherness, particularly in reference to what we culturally and socially valued. Projects are site-specific, collaborative, and increasingly performative.
Two key projects are planned for 2019: This Savage Garden, a series of installations conceived for Adaption & Transition, Bienal do Fotografia, Porto, Portugal, to be exhibited at Palacio de Cristal Jardim; and Art Politic, to be developed at DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) & JSA (Joint Security Area), and exhibited at Suwon Museum of Art, South Korea. These continue my focus on social and environmental states of change and crisis and insinuate a fragile interiority.
Exhibition highlights include the Triennial of Photography, Hamburg, Germany (2018); Foreigners, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre, UK (2017); Tell me something, 2016 Colombo Art Biennale, Sri Lanka; Last Things, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre, UK (2016) in collaboration with British artist Wayne Warren; Sharpness, Anna Pappas Gallery, Australia (2016); It’s closing time for gardens of the West, Palazzo Mora, 2015 Venice Biennale, with Wayne Warren; Ger to Ger, Mongolia National Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (2013); Unbound, Macquarie University Gallery, Sydney, Australia (2013); The protest that never ends, ARTISTERIUM 5, Tbilisi, Georgia (2012); URS27, Taipei City Urban Redevelopment initiative, Taiwan; Spill, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan (2011); postEDEN, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China (2010); The Recycled Library, Art Space, Mackay, Australia (2009); Spare Room, Elizabeth Bay House Museum, Sydney, Australia (2007).
In 2013 I received the inaugural Individual Artist Award from Australian Federal Government for arts achievements in Asia and in 2005 a Commonwealth of Australia public service medal for contributions to arts and education. Arts agencies including the Australia Council for the Arts, Asialink Australia, DFAT, Fubon Art Foundation, Taipei Culture Foundation, the Sovereign Art Foundation, Hong Kong and the Australian High Commission, Sri Lanka, have funded major projects and residencies.
Jayne Dyer undertakes large scale public and corporate commissions such as K11 Hong Kong; Four Seasons, Beijing; Crown Properties in Perth, Melbourne, and Manila; Marriott Manila Grand Ballroom; Swire East & City Plaza, Hong Kong; Modi Residency, New Delhi.
Framed Artist: Gao Ping
Gao Ping is a traditionalist in a contemporary world. She has avidly studied Chinese traditional painting and much of her inspiration is drawn from her knowledge of those techniques and the Masters of those times. She uses these techniques with expert precision to create inner conversations and the results are contemporary paintings heavy with emotion. An introvert who battles with the fast pace of the city, she uses painting as her means of escape and communication. Much of her work seeks to bring still and calm, much of it is a journey to a less frenetic environment. Her abstract works take her away from daily noise and her ink studies are more reflective and nostalgic of her childhood and the scenes she sees around her in daily life. She is a well exhibited artist with international recognition and has been featured in “Half the Sky”, a book by Luise Guest, Manager of Research at the acclaimed White Rabbit Collection in Australia.
Born in 1974 in Brighton, England, Birch has lived and worked in Hong Kong for over twenty years. He has had solo exhibitions in Beijing, Los Angeles, Miami, and Singapore and has participated in group shows at the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. Birch has been awarded the prestigious Louis Vuitton Asian Art Prize and the Sovereign Asian Art Prize. He has organized manylarge-scale multimedia installation projects in Hong Kong, most notably: HOPE & GLORY: A Conceptual Circus (2010) and Daydreaming With…The Hong Kong Edition(2012) and has recently opened his show, The 14th Factory in Los Angeles.
Angela Su received a degree in biochemistry in Canada before pursuing visual arts. Su’s works investigate the perception and imagery of the body, through metamorphosis, hybridity and transformation. Her pseudo-scientific drawings often combine the precision of scientific sketches with a mythical aesthetics, challenging the audience’s visual sensation of the pleasure of pain. Her research-based projects include drawing, video, performative and installation works that focus on the interrelations between our state of being and scientific technology.
In 2002, Su had her first solo exhibition “De Humani Corporis Fabrica” at Goethe-Institut Hong Kong. In 2019, Su was commissioned by Wellcome Trust to present a commission project in “Contagious Cities: Far Away, Too Close” at Tai Kwun, Hong Kong. She has also participated in group exhibitions including “Time Test: International Video Art Research Exhibition” (CAFA Art Museum, China, 2016); “17th Biennale of Sydney” (Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, 2010); “Hong Kong Eye” (Saatchi Gallery, UK, 2012); “Departure” (He Xiangning Art Museum, China, 2009); “Reversing Horizons” (Museum of Contemporary Art, China, 2007); and “The 2nd Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism” (OCT Shenzhen, China, 2007). In 2013, she published an artist novel Berty, and in 2017, a science fiction anthology Dark Fluid where she uses sci-fi as a method for social critique. Her work is collected by M+ (Hong Kong) and CAFA Art Museum (China).
Faux is delighted to present a unique collection of limited edition Lightboxes by Nadim Abbas
Nadim Abbas (born 1980, Hong Kong) is a Hong Kong installation artist.
Abbas received his BFA from London's Chelsea College of Art & Design and MPhil from the University of Hong Kong Department of Comparative Literature. He teaches at the City University Hong Kong School of Creative Media and the Hong Kong Art School/ RMIT University.
A boxed set of 4 fine bone china sinner plates by Lulu Ngie (edition of 30 )
Lulu Ngie focuses on Chinese ink painting and prefers to use simple lines and forms in her figurative works. She also works in oil and watercolour. Today, her ink work is gaining much interest both at home and overseas and is perceived as a potent tool that raises questions about the role of Chinese and East Asian traditions in contemporary art, especially when global events such as art fairs are pushing this medium towards a more homogeneous aesthetic. Majoring in painting, Lulu Ngie, graduated from Hong Kong Art School in 2006.