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New Paintings by Lam Tung-Pang
by Hanart TZ Gallery
Location: Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
Date: 26 Sep - 21 Oct 2008

Lam Tung Pang graduated from the Fine Arts Department of The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2001.  Lam undertook the MA Fine Arts Programme at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London on a Hong Kong Arts Development Council Arts Scholarship.  In 2005, he became the first Chinese artist to win the prestigious Hunting Art Prize: Young Artist of the Year, one of the three top annual awards in the UK.

"Early this year during a trip to the Berlin Zoo, I noticed a surreal relationship between the animals and their environment – a polar bear playing with a tire in a dense forest; a monkey with towering buildings and glittering lights behind him. This reminded me of a work I completed last year titled Global Warming (now a part of the collection of the Hong Kong Art Museum), which reflects both man-made conflicts with the environment as well as efforts to establish harmony with nature. In this work, I not only portray animals, I also use them as symbolic representations.

In this new work, I no longer use wood as a medium as in the past, instead using the painting techniques that I formally applied to wood on canvas, mixing the primary colors together on my palette, and returning to the basic language of painting. I think that traditional themes such as landscapes, human characters, birds, flowers and wild animals are all good metaphors, and rich inspiration for artistic creation. This has nothing to do with my background, but has everything to do with my life experiences."  Lam Tung-pang, 2008

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