Catherine Asquith Art Advisory is delighted to announce national representation of Hong Kong based artist, Sonya FU Man Yi (b. 1982, Hong Kong).
Growing up in the former British Colony where East meets West, Fu has been influenced by both Oriental and Western culture.
Commencing her full time professional art practice in 2010, Fu has exhibited in galleries and international art fairs across Hong Kong, China, America, Australia and Europe. Her work has been featured in many art publications including and she has been endorsed as a number of leading Hong Kong publications as a notable emerging artist.
Fu's chosen medium-digital painting-encompasses an intricate technique which Fu paints with very detailed and delicate brushwork.The finished digital artwork is produced as limited edition archival prints for a broader audience and collectors to enjoy and acquire the work. Fu has recently employed new printing methods such as Diasec and 3D Lenticular, these exquisite processes further enrich the depth and colors in Fu's vibrant digital delights.
Being heavily inspired by her dreams and spirituality, Fu blends her subject matters with symbolic metaphors and the unseen beauties she encountered during a hypnagogic state - the transitional state between wakefulness and sleep. All of this combined introduces an eerie and obscure atmosphere in Fu's visual narratives.
"Art is a powerful visual language and creating art is a calming and therapeutic process. I would like to share with people my dreamscape, its beauty and its oddity. It might be an eerie creature, a whimsical scenery or a disturbed beauty who speaks words of wisdom - they are all embodiments of my subconscious mind. If my work manages to stir emotions and provoke thoughts, then I am doing the right thing as an artist - creating and conveying emotion." says Fu.
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Included in Christies' forthcoming auction, "Chinese Contemporary Ink" to be held in Hong Kong on 1 June 2015, Qiu Zhije's work on paper, "Blessed Child", amongst others, has been highlighted as a significant work:
"Dedicated to the artist’s daughter, A Blessed Child is part of a series of works which seek to turn conventional cartography on its head, mapping cultural and historical narratives that reach far beyond the atlas.
Here, Zhije maps the hand, plotting the lines which — according to fortune tellers — can chart a subject’s behaviour, thoughts, sensibilities, experiences, beliefs, and relationships.
Emblazoned on an open palm, the work is stylistically reminiscent of early European maps and Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomical drawings. Sketched phrases encapsulate the lofty pretensions of youth (‘reading romantic novels to escape from reality’) or stand as sage truisms (‘fierce critics do not always mean ill’) — the artist juxtaposing traditional beliefs with contemporary expectations of life."
Qiu Zhijie (b. 1969), graduated from the National Academy of Fine Art in Hangzhou in 1992. His artworks appear in various media and formats, including oil painting, photography, video, and installation art. Qiu moved to Beijing in 1994 and has dedicated much of his time to ink paintings and calligraphy since mid-2000s. Although trained in printmaking at school, Qiu studied traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy since childhood and considers ink and brush as his innate tool to formulate his thoughts and ideas.
Last at auction in Hong Kong (November 24, 2014), an ink and ink rubbing work on paper, with the 'monumental' title of 30 Letters to Qiu Jiawa, L10-You Need to be the Spring of the World, L11-Do not Believe in Oaths of Eternity, L12-Do not Let Exaggerated Expressions Become Your Own Burden achieved an equally, monumental price of HKD$6,640,000 against an estimate of HKD $1,800,000 – 2,800,000.
With an estimate of HK$350,000 to $450,000 for A Blessed Child it will be interesting to see the outcom