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The Sovereign Art Foundation at ARTHK12 is proud to present Max Zorn – a Dutch artist who uses mas
Date: 16 May - 20 May 2012

The Sovereign Art Foundation at ARTHK12 is proud to present
Max Zorn – a Dutch artist who uses masking tape to create sensational street art.

The Sovereign Art Foundation has invited street artist Max Zorn to direct the live creation of an artwork at their booth (Z14) during the 2012 HK Art Fair.

Born in the Netherlands in 1982 Max Zorn made himself a name as a street artist working on various projects in Amsterdam and cities around the world. By using layers of translucent brown packing tapes on Plexiglas panels, the self-taught artist creates stunning portraits of romantic and strong characters which he installs on street lamps on public places. Once the lights are turned on, it creates a very graphic picture that appears luminescent. During the Hong Kong Art Fair, Zorn will direct a large creation of his street art and will invite young art fair visitors to assist him at set times*. Press and collectors visiting the art fair during Vernissage on May 16th will be treated to a special live preview, where Max will create a separate work of art and will showcase the beginning stages of the work he will be working on during the art fair.

The Sovereign Art Foundation booth is also delighted to host the Little Picasso Studio who will run the Little Picasso Handscape.

Children will be invited to participate in the Little Picasso Handscape and will have the opportunity to make their mark on a large scale Hong Kong Skyline painted by Lindy Moran of Little Picasso Studio. The children will turn to their creative side by adding their colourful handprints on this large-scale Hong Kong skyline canvas. In addition, this artwork will be signed by international and local artists during the HK International Art Fair. The completed work will be auctioned by Sovereign Art Foundation with proceeds going to disadvantaged children in Hong Kong.

Throughout the weekend, the Sovereign Art Foundation booth will also provide the opportunity for visitors to leave their mark at the art fair on a graffiti wall. This will be similar to last year’s main event which proved to be hugely popular.

The Sovereign Art Foundation was set up in 2003 to raise the awareness and profiles of artists around the region while raising money for charity. These two aims are achieved through The Sovereign Asian Art Prize. The first prize winner receives US$25,000 and the remaining 29 finalists are auctioned at a high profiled event with the funds being equally split between the participating artists and the Foundation.

The Sovereign Art Foundation has been funding arts programmes within community centres in Cambodia, India, Vietnam, Nepal and Hong Kong. It selects projects which uses art as a means of education, rehabilitation and therapy for disadvantaged children. Starting this year The Sovereign Art Foundation will run new projects in Hong Kong giving its previous finalists an opportunity to work with various children’s groups to boost their self-confidence and creativity.

* Max Zorn’s Schedule at the Sovereign Art Foundation Booth during ARTHK12

Wednesday: 2pm – 9pm

Thursday: 1pm – 3:30pm / 5:30pm – 7pm

Friday: 1pm – 3:30pm / 5:30pm – 7pm

Saturday: 1:30pm - 3:30pm / 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Sunday: 1:30pm - 3:30pm / 4:30pm – 6:30pm

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