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 Second Edition of INK ASIA

Features Strong line-up of Galleries and Almost 100 Artists

 

Liu Kuo-sung (b.1932)
The Sun No. 81
2015
Ink and colour on paper
84 x 78 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

Peng Kang Long (b.1962)
Soul of Flowers
2016
Ink on paper
96.5 x 188 cm
3812 Gallery, Hong Kong

Jin Feng(b.1962)
Stage No.1
2016
Copper、Stainless steel
154 x 64 x 50 cm
Contemporary Chinese Calligraphy

 

INK ASIA, the first-ever art fair devoted to contemporary ink, returns to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre for its second edition from 16-18 December 2016, with a Private Preview and Vernissage on 15 December. As the hub of art business in Asia, Hong Kong is the best place to establish an art fair specialising in modern and contemporary ink art, heralding a new era of ink. Ink Asia 2016 will present exquisite ink works in a variety of media, as well as a series of academic lectures by renowned experts and artists.

 

Building on a successful debut

The first edition of INK ASIA in December 2015 offered a variety of perspectives for appreciating ink art, allowing collectors, critics, scholars, the media and art lovers to appreciate the boundless possibilities of contemporary ink art with an open mind. INK ASIA 2015 attracted approximately 10,000 visitors in four days. Most galleries were pleased with sales.

The second edition will build on this excellent start, showcasing some 1,000 works of contemporary ink art in various media.

 

Strong line-up of 50 participating galleries

Ink Asia 2016 will host 50 leading international galleries and academic institutions from Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea, presenting works in a variety of media related to ink art, from traditional through to contemporary. This year, the fair has attracted new international galleries: from Hong Kong – Pearl Lam Galleries, Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery and Galerie Ora-Ora; from Beijing – Ink Studio and Amy Li Gallery; also, Whitestone Gallery from Tokyo, Space Namu from Seoul, and Rossi & Rossi from London and Hong Kong.  Three renowned Taiwanese galleries in the Taiwan Pavilion are not to be missed: Xizhitang Gallery, My Humble House Art Gallery and Jia Art Gallery. They join   returning Taiwanese galleries  Loftyart Gallery, Capital Art Center and Da Xiang Art Space. Returning Hong Kong galleries include 3812 Gallery, Hanart TZ Gallery, Alisan Fine Arts, Grotto Fine Art, Rong Bao Zai (Hong Kong) Ltd. and Rasti Chinese Art.

 

100 Ink Artists from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong

INK ASIA features almost 100 outstanding artists from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. From Mainland China, there are works by Wang Huangsheng, the Director of Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts; Wang Tiande, Pan Gongkai, Zhang Yu Lan Zhenghui, among others.  Leading Taiwanese artists include Li Yihong, Liu Kuo-sung who is known as “the father of ink art” and his students Chiang Li-hsiang, Wu Pui-wah and Hsu Hsiu-lan.   Hong Kong artists, Leung Kui Ting, Chu Hing Wah, Wong Hau Kwei, Raymond Fung Wing Kee, Chan Kan Tin and Water Poon will also attend the fair. INK ASIA has become the best platform for the ink artists from over the world.

 

China Pavilion: Contemporary Chinese Calligraphy

INK ASIA has proudly invited renowned curator, Dr Xia Kejun, to curate the China Pavilion: Contemporary Chinese Calligraphy. The exhibition will explore the transformation from traditional brush strokes to contemporary calligraphy, and from being a calligrapher to being an artist. Through the exhibition at INK ASIA, Dr Xia aims to give an academic presentation tracing this transformation of ink art over the past 30 years in Mainland China.  Five artists have been selected: Gu Weida, a pioneer of contemporary calligraphy; Wang Dongling, famous for his “Messy Calligraphy (Luanshu)” style; Chen Guangwu, who uses punctuation marks and Chinese key characters in his works; Jin Feng, who specialises in making Chinese characters lively by reinventing transitional grass scripts; and Zhang Hao, who creates his unique “Paint Brush Thoughts” to record his emotions.

 

Taiwan Pavilion: Exceptional Ink Art – Transitional Innovation in the Future Past

In the 1960s, ink art in Taiwan was modernised and abstract ink began to develop. The artist Liu Kuo-sung and his The Fifth Moon Group advocated a revolutionary idea: “Remove the paint brush”. At that time artists broke away from traditional materials and forms, combining Western Abstract Expressionism into their artworks. In the meantime, there was another group of artists, positioned in between the masters and new ink artists, who created ink art based on their personal life experience and exploration of non-traditional ink.

The academic host of the Taiwan Pavilion at INK ASIA 2016, Kao Chien Hui, says, “Yuan Jai, Lee Yi-Hong and Yu Chengyao all studied in Taiwan after 1949. They inherited and respected the literati painting of the masters; yet enlightened future generations with their innovative work.”

 

Ink+: The Concept, Interaction, Performance, Installation and Technology of Contemporary Ink

To inspire innovation and broaden the artistic vision of ink art, 18 artists from Hong Kong, China and overseas have been invited to exhibit their alternative ink works in a special programme ‘Ink+’ organized by INK ASIA 2016. These artists all ingeniously interpret ink elements and ideas into inventive contemporary works that still contain the essence of literati art but employ refreshing and non-traditional media. Their works include videos, new media, installations, ceramics and sculptures.  Curator Eric Leung explains, “‘Ink+’ aims to explore the boundless possibilities of ink art by presenting a wide range of inspired cutting edge experiments.”

The participating artists are Dai Yun, Angel Hui Hoi Kiu, Hung Keung, Kum Chi Keung, Jaffa Lam Laam, Lam Yau Sum, Jess Lau Ching Wa, Ross Lewis, Li Tingting, Lie Fhung, Lu Zhengyuan, Mok Yat San, Cindy Ng Sio Ieng, Pan Fan, Tang Bohua, Johnson Tsang Cheung Shing, Wong Chung Yu and Wayne Wong Wing Chun.

 

Education Programme: Dialogues on Ink, presented by The Ink Society

The Ink Society is the Education Partner of INK ASIA 2016 for the second year and will present an academic programme, “Dialogues on Ink” at the fair.  Collaborating with well-known galleries and academic institutions from Hong Kong, Greater China and overseas, the Dialogues will invite famous ink artists, scholars, gallery directors, museum curators and fair directors to hold a series of discussions moderated by ink art experts. The programme will feature debates on important issues including ink development, collection reviews, market trends and cultural heritage, as well as conversations about ink art between people from different sectors and backgrounds. Meanwhile, INK ASIA 2016 will also host three further lectures hosted by renowned ink experts and artists.

 

The Director of INK ASIA 2016, Mr. Calvin Hui said, “INK ASIA is a professional and open platform for art exchange and art trade. A host of artists, museums, art institutions, galleries, collectors and foundations will join us at the fair, to exchange views, discover our cultural heritage, and explore the spirit of ink art. Furthermore, they will have the opportunity to discuss current and future trends of ink art, and understand the global view, including similarities and differences of cultural values between East and West, opening up new possibilities for the art market.”

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Fair Information

Dates and times

Press Preview 15 December 2016 (Thursday) 2 – 4pm
VIP Preview (by invitation only) 15 December 2016 (Thursday) 4 – 6pm
Vernissage (by invitation only) 15 December 2016 (Thursday) 6 – 9pm
Open to public 16-17 December 2016 (Friday to Saturday) 11am – 8pm
18 December 2016 (Sunday) 11am – 6pm

 

Venue

Hall 3G, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

 

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About the Organiser

Art & Antique International Fair Ltd (AAIF) is a recognised art fair organiser based in Hong Kong. The company was established in 2005 to stage Fine Art Asia (www.fineartasia.com), now recognised as Asia’s leading international fine art fair. In 2015 AAIF added INK ASIA to its portfolio.

AAIF has unrivalled local knowledge and connections, professional expertise in logistic services and mounting an effective marketing campaign, as well as experience in presenting a professional art fair of outstanding quality and elegance.

www.inkasia.com

 

General Enquiries

Tel: +852 3107 0681
Email: sales@aaifair.com
Website: www.inkasia.com.hk
Wechat ID: Inkasiahk
Facebook: facebook.com/inkasiahk

 

Media Enquiries

EC Square PR & Events
Ms Herme Lee
Tel: +852 2520 5330
Email: herme@ecsquare.net

 

Appendix I – Director’s Profile

 

Calvin Hui

  • Director, Ink Asia Fair
  • Co-Chairman and Director, Fine Art Asia Fair
  • Co-Founder and Artistic Director, 3812 Gallery
  • Founder and Chairman, Arts in Heritage Research
  • Member of Art Museum Advisory Panel, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, HKSAR
  • Member of the Art Working Group of Central Police Station Revitalisation Project
  • Advisor for the Arts Education Group, Hong Kong Arts Development Council
  • Member of Advisory Board of Visual Studies, Lingnan University
  • Member of Board of Governors, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2009-2012

Full Director’s Profile

Calvin is an acclaimed cultural entrepreneur in Hong Kong. In 2011 he joined Fine Art Asia, bringing a fresh and exciting perspective towards the establishment of Fine Art Asia as Asia’s leading international fine art fair. In the past five years, he has successfully raised the fair profile through a number of international campaigns including the ground-breaking collaboration with the renowned Masterpiece fine art fair in London, where he curated the first-ever Hong Kong Pavilion. Calvin continues to introduce and develop various elements such as contemporary ink, art and design and decorative art to enhance the continual expansion of the Hong Kong-originated fair.
Calvin Hui co-founded 3812 Contemporary Art Projects, one of Hong Kong’s recognised platforms for the promotion and development of contemporary Asian art, in 2010, and currently acts as Artistic Director.
In December 2015, Calvin launched INK ASIA, the first international art fair devoted to ink art, which was held in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. INK ASIA aims to become a major art event in the international art calendar, bringing the art world a new dimension for appreciating and collecting ink art.
As an art collector and experienced art promoter, Calvin has been appointed to the Member of Art Museum Advisory Panel, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, HKSAR from 2014-2016; Member of the Art Working Group of Central Police Station Revitalisation Project in Hong Kong from 2015-2016. He was also a member of the Board of Governors of the Hong Kong Arts Centre from 2009-2012.
In 2013, Calvin, together with cultural entrepreneur Adrian Cheng, co-founded Arts in Heritage Research (AHR), a not-for-profit organisation which aims to cultivate a sustainable growth and wider awareness of Hong Kong’s arts and heritage in a regional and global context. AHR collaborates with universities, institutions and experts to carry out heritage education and SKETCH Hong Kong community programmes.
Calvin regularly attends art exhibitions in various cities within Asia and around the world and has developed a valuable network of artists, curators, gallerists and collectors. He has also contributed articles on art-related topics to major publications in Hong Kong such as the Hong Kong Economic Journal, a leading financial newspaper.
In 2014, Calvin acted as the curator of La Bienniale des Lions, celebrating the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and China. Calvin was also appointed as the Art PR consultant for the Le French May arts festival in Hong Kong and Macau with over 120 exhibitions, performances and events, organised by the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau. In 2008 and 2012, Calvin and his team were appointed by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects as the project manager to organise exhibitions, forums and workshops for the Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/ Architecture which took place at the Central Police Station Compound and Kowloon Park respectively.

 

 

Appendix II – Testimonials

“Hong Kong is in an ideal position to promote contemporary ink with early experience of this art form, and great artists and collectors. Personally, I view ink nowadays not as a medium, a genre or even an art methodology. It is a symbol of the cultural spirit representing Chinese and Eastern culture. “

Mr. Pi Daojian, Chinese ink wash painting expert

 

“The galleries and institutions in this fair represent the highest level in Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China. The exhibited art works are carefully chosen, are of very high quality, and are representative of current trends and styles. Therefore, I think INK ASIA is a crucial art event providing an excellent platform and opportunity to let the whole world understand the variety of styles of ink art in Eastern culture.”

Dr. Xia Kejun, Doctor of Philosophy, Celebrated Critic, Curator

 

「我覺得這個(水墨藝博)是很重要的,因為中國的藝術是以水墨畫為代表,到了21世紀,要代表中國的文化。不止在中國國內,還要在國際的藝術花園裏面要占非常重要的地位。因為中國水墨畫後面有道家、老莊的精神,尤其是筆墨、濃淡、墨分五色、留白這些是很切合當前21世紀的簡樸主義或者是西方現在所說的自然環保的精神。」

Mr. To Kit, Writer

 

“INK ASIA is a long-awaited event. The history of collecting ink art in Hong Kong can be traced back to the 1980s, when the first generation of mainland Chinese artists came here for the first time. Although artists like Li Keran and Wu Guanzhong were already famous during the 1940s and 1950s in China, they were the new painters in Hong Kong. Therefore, we have waited since the 1980s for this fair. I think INK ASIA continues the Hong Kong tradition of facilitating exchange in the art market.”

Mr. Chang Tsong-zung, Director of Hanart TZ Gallery

 

“INK ASIA, with a main theme of ink art, centralizes and amplifies the power of contemporary ink, making its characteristics stand out from art and at the same time arouse the unrevealed interest of audiences from the east.”

Hi Art, Beijingm, By/ Teng Kun   Jan-Feb, 2016

 

“New ink has become a hot topic in the recent art market. Collectors not only hear of Zao Wouki, Chu Tehchun and Zeng Fanzhi, but also the figures of new ink including Liu Kuosung, Lui Shoukwan and He Baili. Ink enthusiasts can search for distinctive modern and contemporary ink pieces in INK ASIA, which may not be found at Art Basel HK. Given that the first INK ASIA was staged successfully in December last year, it is anticipated that the trend of new ink will continue.”

The Sun (Hong Kong), By Mary K.   15 Jan 2016