Splashed watercolor paintings by Singaporean artist Tilen Ti

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Watercolor paints have a fantastic way of capturing vital energy and ghostly shades of color that no other medium can, and Tilen Ti, an artist in Singapore, has become an expert at using watercolor paints to their fullest potential. The animals in his vibrantly colorful works seem to come to life on the page.

Ti focuses primarily on various tropical birds though he’s also painted more mundane creatures like cats and snails as well. He sells his paintings on Etsy, so be sure to check him out!

More info: Etsy | Instagram | Tumblr | Deviantart

Rainbow Tse, a teenage Hong Kong artist to watch at the Asia Contemporary Art Show

Tse with “BLUR”

Coconuts Hong Kong:

Hong Kong is turning international heads for its blossoming art scene, with the city now going Art Basel-crazy every year, and art shows of every conceivable theme piggybacking off its success.

But the city is in danger of having its own artists’ voices buried by the influx of works from established names of the West, whether Pablo Picasso or Paul McCarthy.

Thankfully, the Asia Contemporary Art Show is making sure to showcase local artists like Rainbow Tse, only 18 years old.

Her watercolors depict the beauty of the city in a way that only a true local can. She transforms a mundane car ride – one familiar to hundreds of commuters – into a larger-than-life, dreamy scene, where car lights and sunlight mingle to create beautiful, vibrant colors.

Compositionally, I focus on the light source of the piece,” Tse told us via email. “I often use the wet-on-wet watercolor technique in my paintings, mainly because it is able to create a very flowing and soft effect.

Tse chooses to paint familiar Hong Kong scenes to tap into the emotions people may have already associated with them.

One environment can hold so many different memories and experiences to different people,” she explains. “So by expressing certain moods and atmospheres in a painting, it can draw the audience into experiencing the scene and evoking memories of their own.

I am very excited about exhibiting at the Asia Contemporary Art Show,” she gushed. “I remember visiting this show last year, looking at all the great artists and their work. I am very happy to be part of it this year!

Tse, only 18 years old, will be exhibiting her paintings for the first time at this year’s edition of the show. The young artist hopes to inspire busy Hongkongers to remember to pause and look around them.

Individuals often rush from one place to another and don’t notice the environment around them,” she laments. “Through art they can experience the beauty that is in this world.”

What: Asia Contemporary Art Show
When: March 12 – 15, 2015. Get the times here
Where: 40 – 44th floors, Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, Admiralty. (Google Maps)
Price: VIP: HKD260; Standard: HKD180 (admits two if purchased online; admits one if purchased at the door).
Tickets: Get them here

 

“Golden Hour” (Sold)

 

“The Road Back” (Sold)

“Workplace” 

 

 “Sunset Saunter” (Sold)

 

“Cyber” (Sold)

 

“Rooftop” (Sold)

 

“Red Glow”

“Festivity” (Sold)

 

“After Work”

 

“Captivated”

 

“6 PM” (Sold)

 

Japanese Art: “Hitofude Ryuu”- single-brushstroke dragons

 

The serpentine dragon is a staple element of the mythology of many different cultures in Asia, so it’s not surprising that its powerful, writhing form has captured the imagination of many artists there. Some talented artists have even mastered the art of ‘Hitofude Ryuu’, or of creating beautiful, multi-colored dragon bodies in a single brushstroke.

Each dragon takes more than one stroke, obviously – the head, whiskers, and other details come separately. But the fact that the body is done in one graceful and hypnotizing stroke is still amazing. The artists in these videos are from a small Japanese studio called Kousyuuya, but there are many artists in the region who have mastered this graceful and difficult art.

More info: kousyuuya.com (h/t: colossal, iromegane.com)

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Artist Profile: Vivian Ho, reinterpreting Wong Kar-wai with “Real People”

Vivian Ho, Reinterpreting Wong Kar-wai With "Real People"
“Waterfall” by Vivian Ho, accompanied by quote from “Happy Together”: 我终于来到瀑布,我突然想起何宝荣,我觉得好难过,我始终认为站在这儿的应该是一对。

A young artist has taken cues from filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai for her latest exhibition “We Could Start Over” now at Artify Gallery.

Vivian Ho extracts well-known quotes from Wong’s scenes and applies them to her color pencil and watercolor compositions. The

de-contextualized phrases appear as captions alongside her images, igniting new perspectives on her depictions of daily urban life.

The image may not have a direct relationship with the lines from the movies, but I hope the lines can evoke that uncertain and surreal feeling that is in [Wong’s] scenes. Layered on top of my images, the words help to romanticize the characters in my work. Some people think [Wong’s] movies are too art house, the actors too beautiful, and the scenes just surreal. But his work has really come to symbolize Hong Kong. I want to use real people, regular people that we see in the city, and apply the movies’ words to them,” says Ho.

The exhibition title, “We Could Start Over,” is also a famous line from Wong’s 1997 film “Happy Together (春光乍洩).

Vivian Ho, “Kungfu”

In each of her works, Ho projects the surrealist aesthetics and emotions of Wong’s movies into the real world. Her piece titled “Kungfu” shows a typical old man practicing kung fu moves with close-ups of blooming flowers engulfing him from all around. The work is accompanied by the oft quoted line from Wong’s latest work “The Grandmaster”: “Kung fu, it all comes down to two words: Horizontal, vertical. (功夫,兩個字,一橫一直。)”

I wouldn’t call myself a fan [of Wong], but I love his films because they are all related to Hong Kong stories and the movies are so artistic, you can really savor every last moment in them. When I go abroad, people hear that I’m from Hong Kong and they will ask me if Hong Kong is anything like the scenes from ‘Chungking Express.’ His movies have become symbolic of the city,” says Ho. She adds that her favorite Wong Kar-wai film is “In the Mood for Love.”

“We Could Start Over,” until January 30, 2014 at Artify Gallery, www.artifygallery.com

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Artist Profile: Vivian Ho, Reinterpreting Wong Kar-wai With “Real People”

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Artist Profile: Sunga Park’s watercolor illustrations

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Sunga Park lives and work in Busan, South Korea as a graphic designer and illustrator, creating architectural, washy watercolor illustrations and cultural portraits from her surroundings. Love these. Travel more.

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Artist Profile: Sunga Park’s watercolor illustrations

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