PRESS RELEASES

Fine Art Asia 2022: From Classical to Contemporary
5- 8 October 2022

Jiang Miao (b. 1981)
Taoist Trinity and the Self No.58
2022
Acrylic on board, carving
D. 68 cm
Whitestone Gallery,
Hong Kong/Tokyo/Taipei

A large lacquered and gessoed camphor wood head of a guardian, Dvarapala
Early Ming Dynasty, 14th/ early 15th century
H. 40 cm
Rasti Fine Art, Hong Kong

Dickson Yewn (b. 1970)
Floral lattice jadeite bangle
2015
Jadeite, diamonds, pink sapphires, tsavorites, yellow sapphires, 18k white gold and African blackwood
18 x 75 x 70 mm
YEWN, Hong Kong

Fine Art Asia 2022, Asia’s leading international fine art fair, returns to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from Wednesday 5 October to Saturday 8 October 2022, with a Private Preview on Tuesday 4 October.

Fine Art Asia 2022, Asia’s leading international fine art fair, returns to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from Wednesday 5 October to Saturday 8 October 2022, with a Private Preview on Tuesday 4 October.

About Fine Art Asia
Fine Art Asia was founded in 2006 by Hong Kong art experts and has earned a reputation in the international art world as the most distinguished annual fine art fair in the region. Over the years, the fair has increasingly attracted leading galleries from all over the world. Fine Art Asia provides an unrivalled annual showcase for art and antiques from both East and West during the peak art season in Hong Kong. Fine Art Asia 2022 will proudly present museum-quality Asian and Western antiques, jewellery, modern and contemporary art and design, ink art and photography.

Highlight Galleries
Renowned antiques exhibitors returning to the fair include Rasti Chinese Art specialising in Chinese antiques. A highlight this year is a large lacquered and gessoed camphor wood head of a guardian, Dvarapala, dating from the early Ming Dynasty, 14th/ early 15th century. Dvarapala were traditionally placed outside Buddhist or Hindu temples. This one has a powerfully modelled face with grimacing expression, protruding forehead and thick frowning eyebrows. Made of camphor wood, the sculpture also emits a strong fragrance.

Renowned antiques exhibitors returning to the fair include Rasti Chinese Art specialising in Chinese antiques. A highlight this year is a large lacquered and gessoed camphor wood head of a guardian, Dvarapala, dating from the early Ming Dynasty, 14th/ early 15th century. Dvarapala were traditionally placed outside Buddhist or Hindu temples. This one has a powerfully modelled face with grimacing expression, protruding forehead and thick frowning eyebrows. Made of camphor wood, the sculpture also emits a strong fragrance.

Rossi & Rossi will exhibit Chinese and Himalayan works of art. Alongside extraordinary stone sculptures, bronzes and paintings from China, India, Nepal and Tibet, its presentation will feature a selection of Himalayan bronzes from the Karen Beagle Collection. Maria Kiang Chinese Art presents exquisite scholar’s objects; Ever Arts Gallery and Andy Hei Ltd are showing classical Chinese furniture and scholar’s objects. Orientique showcases Imperial Chinese porcelain; and Wui Po Kok presents ancient Chinese works of art, including a stone statue of Buddha dating from the Northern Qi Dynasty (550 – 577 AD).

In the art section, Alisan Fine Arts presents an exhibition “Landscapes through Time”, with works that hark back to the past with scenes of bygone eras both mythical and real. A total of eight Chinese artists who work in different media and are from different generations are represented. They include two Hong Kong painters: Hon Chi-Fun (1922-2019) and Kan Tai-Keung (b. 1942); two acclaimed ink artists Wang Tiande and Tai Xiangzhou, as well as famous sculptor Man Fung-Yi, ceramicist Rosanna Li Wei-Han; ink painter Winnie Mak, and emerging painter Wang Mengsha.

Tanya Baxter Contemporary (London/Hong Kong) showcases modern and contemporary British art, with works by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Bridget Riley, Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol and David Hockney (b. 1937). A highlight is Hockney’s portrait Celia dating from 1984. The work celebrates the artist’s close friendship with designer Celia Birtwell whom he first met in California in 1964. With her husband Ossie Clark, she was at the top of the fashion industry in London in the swinging ‘60s.

Grotto Fine Art focuses on Hong Kong artists, including Hung Fai (b. 1988) and Shum Kwan-yi (b. 1995). Hanart TZ Gallery presents works by Taiwanese artists: sculptures by Ju Ming and paintings by Liu Guosong. Ben Brown Fine Arts (Hong Kong/London/Palm Beach) will showcase works by Puerto Rican artist Enoc Perez and US artist Ena Swansea. Contemporary by Angela Li presents works by Hong Kong artists Wong Sze Wai and Leung Po Ying, Agnes. Soluna Fine Art exhibits exclusively Korean artists working in a variety of different media. Whitestone Gallery (Hong Kong/Taipei/Tokyo) presents contemporary Chinese and Japanese artists; while Yumekoubou (Kyoto/Hong Kong) focuses on Japanese contemporary works of art, with a solo exhibition of Kansuke Fujii.

Exciting design galleries include 88 Gallery, showcasing masterpieces by Robert Goossens (1927-2016) as well as innovative contemporary creations by Adrian Choi Design Studio. Showcasing Italian design is Novalis Art Design (Hong Kong/Milan) with Op Art sculptures by Marcello Morandini (b. 1940). Photography specialist Boogie Woogie Photography presents works by artists from East and West including Roger Ballen (b. 1950) and Isabelle Boccon-Gibod (b. 1968).

In the Jewellery category, Palais Royal Hong Kong has a superb exhibition exclusively curated for Fine Art Asia 2022: “Cartier: A Century of Jewels” tracing the evolution of Cartier’s unique design journey from 1900 to 2000. The exhibition features over 150 pieces of exquisite vintage Cartier fine jewellery and objets de vertu. Looking to the East, in contrast, YEWN showcases innovative jewellery inspired by Imperial Chinese dynasties; while ILIA Jewellery specialises in fine Burmese jadeite jewellery, promoting Chinese jadeite culture with a contemporary expression from the West.

Fine Art Asia 2022 is delighted to welcome Lam’s Gallery whose exhibition entitled “Yuè Lè” (“The Joy of Music and Dance”) focuses on the significant role of music and dancing in ancient Chinese culture and aesthetics. This peaked in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), as can be seen in their painted pottery musicians and graceful glazed sancai dancers. Also with a unique speciality, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Lee Shau Kee Library presents highlights from its collection of maps of China from the Qing Dynasty to 1949.

Also joining the fair for the first time is ART PERSPECTIVE Limited, which proposes Western Post-war and contemporary art to Asian collectors. Its exhibition includes highlight works by Georges Mathieu and Sam Francis, as well as by world-renowned sculptors Igor Mitoraj and Gianfranco Meggiato. Loft One Gallery has a solo exhibition of Lai Tung-Yiu Stan entitled “The Three Realms of Suffering”; while THE SHOPHOUSE celebrates a range of contemporary artistic expressions, with mixed media works by Zhao Zhao, ceramics by Steve Harrison and jewellery by Joy BC.

Major Fair Sponsor: LG Electronics
Fine Art Asia 2022 is sponsored by LG Electronics who provide OLED TV and display screens throughout the fair area. Managing Director Ms Yuri Han said, “LG is proud to partner with Fine Art Asia 2022. This fair is a great opportunity for LG to present an ideal pairing between distinctive traditional art and craftsmanship with the most detailed image quality and accurate colours through outstanding OLED TVs and display screens. We are very excited to witness the world’s first antique-based gaming experience exhibition area in cooperation with The Sandbox. Through LG’s gaming monitors, we will bring art into the Metaverse, as well as bringing the antiques to life in front of the audience.”

Special Exhibitions
Fine Art Asia 2022 is the first art fair in the world to offer a Metaverse gaming experience with its special exhibition “Fine Art Asia x the Sandbox: Art enters the Metaverse”. Visitors will be greeted by Sandbox characters created in reference to centuries-old antiques, and can view the corresponding physical antiques up close in the fair. The game will debut during the fair, and visitors can play the full game in the special exhibition booth as well as at home. While the game is a multi-dimensional adventure game, it is designed with educating art history in mind. This special exhibition brings a new dimension to art and ancient culture, as it blends fun, history and art education into one experience.

Antique galleries Ming Gallery and Wui Po Kok will collaborate with Hana Art, a well-known Japanese Sogetsu floral design school in Hong Kong, to organise a special exhibition “The Art of Flowers” at this year’s fair. Ming Gallery will exhibit vases from the Ming (1368 – 1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), while Wui Po Kok will present vases dating from the Neolithic period (10,000 – 4,500 BC) to the Song Dynasty (960-1279), The exhibition is a celebration of Chinese traditional culture through the combined beauty of floral art and antiques.

The Ink Society will present a special exhibition “A Tribute to Yu Peng”. This is the sixth instalment of its “Tribute” series, which celebrates the art and legacies of master ink painters. Yu Peng (1955-2014) was one of the few contemporary ink artists who led a traditional literati life that was re-interpreted for modern day society. As well as painting, he practised design, pottery and woodwork, and built a charming garden that became his haven in the midst of urban Taipei. Many friends and fellow artists spent hours chatting with each other while enjoying Yu Peng’s warm hospitality.

A video project “Words & Flowers” exhibits outstanding works by two new media artists. The 4 Channels video work “It All Begins with a Word” by Hung Keung provides a new interpretation of the development and history of Hong Kong literature. The generative video “A Moment” by Ng Sio Leng, Cindy, strives to soothe our bodies and souls in the post-pandemic era with ever-growing flowers and the resonance of Sanskrit sounds.

Academic Programme
Fine Art Asia 2022’s Education Partners, The Ink Society and the Hong Kong Palace Museum, along with L’ÉCOLE Asia Pacific: School of Jewelry Arts will host an Academic Programme of lectures and seminars by art experts from Hong Kong, strengthening academic discussion and interaction between scholars, galleries and collectors.


Andy Hei, Founder and Director of Fine Art Asia
, said,
“While there are still travel restrictions in Hong Kong due to the ongoing pandemic, the situation is steadily improving. This year’s edition of Fine Art Asia once again focuses on Hong Kong’s excellent local galleries and leading art institutions. In addition to our long-standing exhibitors, we also warmly welcome those who are new to the fair and add to its richness and variety. As always, Fine Art Asia will continue to act as a bastion of every branch of the art and antiques market in Hong Kong, and we look forward to welcoming back our loyal overseas exhibitors hopefully in the near future.”

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