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Inside the Asia Contemporary Art Show

Some exciting art events are hitting town in March, with galleries and artists from near and far converging on Hong Kong to showcase some of the world’s best contemporary art. A stalwart on the scene, the Asia Contemporary Art Show (ACAS) is back for its 10th edition, from 17 to 20 March. We chatted with three of the many artists who can be found at the show about why it is so special.

Jeff Murray is exhibiting at the Asia Contemporary Art Show
Jeff Murray is exhibiting at the Asia Contemporary Art Show

Jeff Murray, United Kingdom

What are you exhibiting? Pen and Ink on Canvas: inspiration taken from travel, culture, architecture and nature to create intricate pieces that capture your imagination.

How many years have you been exhibiting at ACAS? Since October 2015. I’ve attended three Hong Kong shows and two Singapore shows, and will be showing my works again with them in HK in March and September this year.

Why do you like exhibiting at the show? ACAS provides the opportunity for my art to be seen on a much larger scale than ever before and it brings the right people together to view and appreciate my works. It also allows me to continually travel with my art.

Describe the HK art scene in three words: Professional, pioneering, big!

Lydia Moawad is showing at the Asia Contemporary Art Show in Hong Kong for the first time
Lydia Moawad is showing at the Asia Contemporary Art Show in Hong Kong for the first time

Lydia Moawad, Lebanon

What are you exhibiting? The true beauty of a painting lies in its individuality. This exhibition focuses on memories, on emotions and on the occasional escape from a busy schedule. The goal in my paintings is to show that even in repetition we achieve unique situations. For me, creation is, at the same time, meditation and revelation: that of unity – unity between the body and the spirit, between dream and reality. Shapes and landscapes are found as a reminder of times of serenity and relaxation, and are thus a recurring theme in the artworks in this exhibition as a linkage in our daily lives.

How many years have you been exhibiting at ACAS? I’ve participated in many art fairs and biennales – the Tokyo Art Fair in Omotesando Hills, the Florence Biennale at Fortezza da Basso, and the Europe Art Fair in Rotterdam – and now I’m pleased to participate in the Asia Contemporary Art Show in Hong Kong for the first time, and I’m delighted to share my art.

What are you most looking forward to about ACAS? I’m very excited to exhibit in the show because even if I’m known as an established artist and painter in different countries, I feel that being in Hong Kong and sharing my artistic vision with this place adds a special touch and opens all the doors of opportunity in this world.

Describe the HK art scene in three words: Essence of inspiration.

Sri Lankan artist Kos Cos says the Asia Contemporary Art Show is a great platform for his work
Sri Lankan artist Kos Cos says the Asia Contemporary Art Show is a great platform for his work

Kos Cos, Sri Lanka

What are you exhibiting? My latest collection is a thought-provoking body of work that challenges you to consider how the introduction of a single and simple new element – a circle – alters your perception of the subject. The circle is a universal symbol with numerous long-established meanings: unity, infinity, the sun and moon, the sacred. I am trying to break these established views by juxtaposing halo-like circles that traditionally suggest a sense of virtue with contrasting elements such as bared bodies that confront notions of piety. In my paintings, the circles have no pre-determined or prescribed meaning. They are mere shapes. Their addition to layered abstract portraits that employ a vivid palette and dynamic gestural brush strokes invites a new dimension of interpretation.

How many years have you been exhibiting at ACAS? Two years.

Why do you like exhibiting at the show? ACAS is ideal for getting my work in front of a wider audience. It’s also a great opportunity to meet and exchange cross-cultural experiences with international and local sellers, buyers, collectors, critics, gallery owners and museum curators. And hopefully there’ll be some decent sales as well!

Describe the HK art scene in three words: Massive, global, hub.

For more information on any of the artists and galleries that will be at ACAS this year, visit asiacontemporaryart.com.

This article first appeared in the Feb/Mar edition of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now to our newsletter to be first to get all the latest info, events and competitions.

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