Karin Weber Gallery is excited to present a new gallery collaboration with a Hong Kong and a Macau artist in the upcoming show ‘Paperscapes’: New Works by Stephen Wong Chun Hei and Eric Fok (one of whose works is shown here courtesy of the artist and the Karin Weber Gallery). Paper transforms into the perfect backdrop for the artists’ flights of the imagination across mythical mountain – and cityscapes.
‘Paperscapes’ created by both artists may be surreal, yet elements that appear warmly familiar to the viewer appear in each work. An intriguing blend of the local, the rooted, and the everyday are juxtaposed with the dreamy and fantastical in works inspired by the past, yet inspired by the minds of their creators. The fantastical nature of the show is enhanced by the miniature sizing of many of the paintings, introducing greater complexity while demanding even greater craftsmanship.
About the artists
Stephen Wong Chun Hei (b. 1986)
Stephen obtained his BA in Fine Arts from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2008 and has since worked from his studio space in Fo Tan. Inspiration for his early work initially came from video games; now, the mountain subject plays a significant role in his work, which is frequently created ‘en plein air’ while hiking the Hong Kong hillside. As he shares, “a new mountain is created everyday in my imagination.” Stephen Wong has shown extensively in Hong Kong. His works are held in numerous private collections in Hong Kong and Asia.
Eric Fok (b. 1990)
A visual arts graduate from the Macao Polytechnic Institute, Eric Fok lives and works in Macao. His paperscapes are a unique blend of tradition and modernity. Using a technical pen and paper that is aged using tea, he integrates ancient maps with modern constructions. Eric had his first solo exhibition in Portugal in 2014 but has participated in several group shows in Macao, Hong Kong, London and Singapore over the past seven years. His works form part of several prestigious public collections including the Macau Government Headquarters (Governor’s Palace), Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macau S.A.R., Oriental Foundation, Macau Museum of Art, The Orient Museum (Portugal), University Museum and Art Gallery (HKU), and private collections in Italy, Las Vegas (U.S.A.), United Kingdom, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Macao.