Hong Kong’s Hollywood Road may be known for many things – rare and valuable antiques, a creative hub that used to be a police dorm, craft cocktails…and of course the Connoisseur Art Gallery.
Founded in 1989, the Connoisseur Art Gallery was established as a non-profit organization with an objective to promote talented Chinese artist to the region and serves as a platform for these artists to exhibit and sell their works.
With a history of more than 25 years now, the gallery has become one of the biggest homegrown commercial art galleries in Hong Kong, specializing in Chinese figurative, realistic and contemporary art.
What makes them different from other art galleries is their approach to art. They do not pursue trends and instead focus on the development of budding artists and introduce them to the market while their prices are still affordable.
Besides Chinese artists including Jia Juan Li, Liu Ying Zhao, Zhang Da Zhong and more, the gallery also represents Swedish artist Dorina Mocan, French artist Christian Gaillard, photography and video artist Margarita Dittborn of Chile and Brazilian-Japanese Oscar Oiwa, among others.
Born in Shanghai in 1945, TSUI Tin Yun received solid art training from young and studied art and design on a tertiary level. He was bold and experimental with his art and design, as well as in exploring different media, earning him importatant reputation in this field.
Prior to becoming a full-time professional artist, Tsui worked in an architectural firm in Hong Kong, contributing to the designs of local landmarks such as Pacific Place and Times Square.
This upcoming solo exhibition will showcase works from Tsui’s personal collection completed over two decades. Most of his paintings have a neutral, minimalistic pallete of delicate grey and pastel shades.
Another feature of the exhbition is a large-scale collage consisting of nine individual pieces, each measuring one by one meter. One of them is the “Ping Pong Double Happiness” which features a clown face with a table tennis ball as his nose.
While Tsui’s painting may not fall under traditional notions of beauty, they are mysteriously sensuous and thought provoking, which makes it magnetically appealing.
Currently based in Paris, Jia Juan Li is one of China’s most outstanding female artists from her generation. She was born in Hangzhou, China in 1960 to a large family where art and culture were highly valued.
Jia graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing with a First Class Honour. In 1996, she received a French government scholarship to study at the prestigious Ecole d’Art d’Aix-en-Provence in France. She was also awarded one of the top prizes offered to contemporary artists in Monte Carlo in 2004.
In 2008, she was invited to exhibit at the Grand Palais in Paris and went on to win the gold award for figurative painting in the annual Exhibition of Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts held in Louvre in 2012.
She was also selected by the Ministry of Culture of China and the French Sofia Foundation as one of the 40 artists to exhibit at the French International contemporary Art Fair in 2013.
By fusing reality with imagination, Jia recreates classic Chinese culture with a modern twist. Having lived in France for more than a decade, she has developed her unique style of combining western oil painting technique with Chinese elements.
Born in Heilongjiang, China, Liu Ying Zhao is one of the few living Chinese master artists renowned for his realistic still-life works. His paintings are highly sought after by private collectors in China as well as internationally.
Liu received a B.A in Oil Painting at Harbin Normal University and a Masters degree of Fine Arts at Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, China. In 2000, he attained professorship and taught Oil Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design at Tianjin University.
He has participated in numerous exhibitions across China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the United States, and United Kingdom. His works were also featured in prestigious art publications such as China Oil Paintings, American Art Collector, Art Observer and Art of the West.
Using mainly fruits and Chinese pottery as his subject, Liu is able to paint the different textures and details to an incredible degree of life-likeness. His paintings give out a powerful visual image and leaves viewers in awe.
Connoisseur Art Gallery
Address: G3 Chinachem Hollywood Centre, 1 Hollywood Road, Hong Kong
Contact number: +852 2868 5358
Operating Hours: Monday – Saturday (10:30am-7:00pm), Sunday (12:00pm-6:00pm)
Links: Website / Facebook
Images courtesy of Connoisseur Art Gallery