Hong Kong Tourism Board assembles 18 Southeast Asian artists to celebrate Hong Kong through Art

Artworks of  “Arts in HK with S.E.A artists” project

Hong Kong Tourism Board brought together 18 diverse artists across Southeast Asia (S.E.A) to create art pieces inspired by perennial icons of Hong Kong. This initiative, “Arts in HK with S.E.A artists” is an extension of the year-long “Arts in Hong Kong” by generating awareness of the city’s always-on, diverse experience of arts and culture, and establish Hong Kong as a centre for international arts and cultural exchange.

“Arts in HK with S.E.A artists” campaign will feature artistic talents from Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. The collection of artwork spans across a spectrum of genres from painting to digital illustration, pottery, embroidery, sand art and more.

“As an international arts and culture hub, Hong Kong is excited to engage, nurture and develop the next generation of local artists across the region, while giving them a platform to showcase their talents to the world. By amplifying the potential of artists through this initiative, we hope to positively shape and empower artists within the local arts community in the region.” Said Raymond Chan, Regional Director of Southeast Asia at Hong Kong Tourism Board.

Art holds clues to life in the past and present. By looking at a work of art’s symbolism, we can learn, rewind time and experience a culture that is different to our time. The creations by the 18 Southeast Asian artists explore different facets of old and new Hong Kong – some celebrate traditional crafts such as mahjong carving and slipper embroidery while others look towards the future with the modern M+ museum and the West Kowloon Cultural District.

“Emily & Fufuland in West Kowloon” by Thai artist, Painterbell

One of the artists invited to be part of this project is Seatapron Korwanichakul (Bell) also known as Painterbell, a talented digital illustrator from Thailand. Painterbell is best known for his massively successful Line stickers, “John and Lulu” and has collaborated with many multinational brands.

“My characters – John, Lulu and friends represent joy and brightness which was how I felt when on a virtual tour to West Kowloon Cultural Centre. My inspiration was to send them to West Kowloon so they could experience the traditional culture and modern offerings the neighbourhood has to offer.” Said Painterbell.

 “Hong Kong Dreaming” by Malaysian artist, Chong Fei Giap

“My artwork takes people on a journey through the new arts and cultural district of West Kowloon where traditional and modern artforms work harmoniously to showcase Hong Kong artistic history. Other inspirations include classic Cantonese cuisine, festivals and attractions that we all have come to love about the city.” Chong Fei Giap, an illustrator from Malaysia.

“Hong Kong Through the Sand of Time” by Indonesian artist, Vina Candrawati

“The inspiration for my painting comes from childhood memories such as watching the “Return of the Condor Heroes” series played by Andy Lau and Idy Chan. I enjoyed many Andy Lau films and through them, I learned about Hong Kong’s culture, lifestyle and popular cuisine. Not only that, Hong Kong’s TV series have also shown me the extraordinary scenes and skyline of Hong Kong. From those nostalgic memories, I want to know more about the art and culture in Hong Kong and am ready to discover everything new in Hong Kong,” said Vina Candrawati, a sand artist from Indonesia.

Embroidery bodice inspired by Philippines Artist, Mela Gonzales

Mela Gonzales, an embroidery artist from the Philippines has never been part of a project of such scale. “It’s been a long time since I was last in Hong Kong, but I can’t wait to visit again. It is heart-warming to see so many Southeast Asian artists coming together, bringing expertise from different artistic expressions to celebrate Hong Kong. I hope one day we can all gather in Hong Kong to see its iconic skyline in person once again.”