Hong Kong Artists to Watch: Fatina Kong – What We Know!

Hong Kong Artists to Watch: Fatina Kong

In a firmament glowing with creativity, what would usually have been the colossal activity of figuring out creative stars price observing has been made simpler now that — for higher or worse — everybody’s been grounded. We zone in on 12 native abilities, from rising to established. Right now, Fatina Kong tells her story.

Fatina Kong / Photographer: Alison Kwan

I used to be shy rising up, so studying and doodling grew to become methods for me to move the time. Over time, I’ve watched my father draw, so it was one thing I picked up naturally. I began illustrating and drawing manga works as an adolescent and had a aim of being an illustrator or designer.

Ultimately, I studied visible arts on the Hong Kong Baptist College and have become fascinated with enjoying with colors and creating one thing from scratch. That’s once I determined I needed to turn into a painter.

After graduating, I continued to discover methods of integrating Chinese language portray with Western media. In 2018, I travelled to Xining in China to additional my portray methods. That internship, specifically, closely influenced my creative observe – the thangka brush method to create gradient colors, and the brushes themselves, a lot smaller and softer than conventional paint brushes, which I nonetheless use as we speak. That 40-day expertise of dwelling in one other tradition additionally made me rethink my relationship with my work. As an alternative of one-point perspective landscapes, I began portray scenes like a collage.

Classical Chinese language aesthetics mix poetry and work, embedding the artist’s personal self and emotions inside the scenes by nature. That’s additionally what I pursue: to point out my emotions in the direction of my hometown Hong Kong in my panorama collages.

I imagine the function of an artist is to inform tales and mirror the society in a microcosm. All of us have much more in widespread than we predict. Collectively, we now have basically related causes for happiness, anxiousness and sorrow. That’s why many stunning and significant items get handed down by generations.


Kong is represented by Modern by Angela Li and can exhibit at this yr’s Artwork Central.

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