HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – October 6, 2023 – With the support of the “Mega Arts and Cultural Event Fund”, ASIA INK returns to the public eye this fall after a three-year hiatus. As a pioneering art fair dedicated to ink art,
INK ASIA 2023 will introduce the city to a world-renowned initiative that celebrates niche art and exquisite ink art. The event will feature a series of engaging exhibitions, public installations, ink art events and educational activities, taking viewers on a journey through the evolution of ink art. ink, from its ancient roots to its contemporary expressions.
INK ASIA 2023 will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center from Thursday 5 October to Sunday 8 October 2023, with a VIP preview on Wednesday 4 October 2023.
About INK ASIA
INK ASIAthe very first art fair specializing in ink art, was successfully inaugurated in 2015.
ASIA INK aims to promote ink art internationally through an art fair platform. The fair features galleries and artists from Hong Kong and other Asian countries, displaying ink works in a wide variety of different forms.
ASIA INK explores the limitless possibilities of ink art and fosters a dialogue between traditional aesthetics and contemporary interpretations of ink, with the aim of promoting this traditional ink art to an international audience in a manner innovative, particularly among young spectators.
To celebrate the return of
ASIA INKparticipating galleries from different regions will proudly present the works of a number of renowned ink art masters and contemporary artists, interpreting ink art in a whole new way.
Participating Hong Kong galleries feature a strong lineup, including
Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallerywhich features works by ink masters Li Huayi and Pan Gongkai, as well as contemporary ceramic artist Bai Ming;
Hanart TZ Gallery features works by renowned contemporary calligrapher Wang Dongling;
Fine Arts of the Cave features works by several local artists, such as Hung Hoi, Yau Wing Fung, Wai Pong Yu and Shum Kwan Yi;
Remove Fine Art features works by leading artists including Irene Chou and Lui Shou-Kwan; And
Chelesa Art Co. Ltd. features works by highly sought-after artists, such as Ren Zhong and Stewart Wong.
Galleries from other regions also have an impressive lineup, including galleries from Beijing.
Artistic space n°55which features works by ink master Shen Qin;
TAIHE ART GALLERY featuring large-scale ink works by Bei Dao;
Yunmiao Art Center, White art, And Yi.Project each presents solo exhibitions by three artists. These exhibitions include works by esteemed artist Zhao Lengyue, as well as young artists Li Na and Wu Huaheng. Shenzhen Gallery
Bamboo Space presents an exhibition commemorating the 125th Feng Zikai’s birthday which features artwork and letters from three generations of the Feng family. Macau Gallery
Lotus Art exhibits the works of ink masters Zhang Zikang and Feng Zhongyun. Additionally, two of Taipei’s most important galleries,
Xi Zhi Tang Gallery And
BELOW Galleryfeature the works of several notable contemporary Asian artists, including Wu Chi-To, Chen Chien-Fa, Teng Pu-Chun and Lee Kuang-Yu.
*Please refer to the appendix for all highlighted pieces from INK ASIA 2023
The diversification of ink art
Artificial intelligence (AI) has quickly emerged as a transformative force, providing unlimited opportunities for the future development of art. In recent years, integrating technology with art has become an inevitable trend to improve the viewer experience. Immersive ink art experience corner and the Metaverse Project through The Sandbox allow students to understand Ink Art through the diversification of Ink Art, promoting an engaging and interactive learning experience. INK ASIA 2023 will reinterpret contemporary ink art through innovative technology and new media by presenting six diverse special exhibitions, six large-scale artwork installations and an ink workshop, offering viewers a whole new experience visual.
Special exhibition: “Ink Asia 2023 Immersive Ink Art Experience Corner”
Created in collaboration by Sine Motion – Steven Ng and Flamesquads. The immersive ink art space not only provides viewers with an immersive experience, but also offers an innovative way of exhibition. There are two experiences in this corner: The Eight Principles of Character “Yong”: The audience can learn about the fundamentals of calligraphy using motion capture technology. “The Splendor of Ink”: Combining traditional ink art elements with LED technology, bringing audiences into ink art paintings that span more than a millennium.
Special Exhibition: “INK ASIA 2023 Metaverse Project via The Sandbox”
By introducing traditional ink painting to the Metaverse, players can immerse themselves in the breathtaking landscape of ink paintings. Additionally, the exhibition space features mini puzzles, artwork and historical topics for everyone to enjoy and learn about, presenting ink art in an intriguing and engaging way.
Special exhibition: “Ink+: Light Play”
To encourage innovation in ink art and expand artistic horizons,
INK ASIA 2023 will once again present the “Ink +” project. The exhibition invites nine artists from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau to present alternative ink artworks. These artworks utilize non-traditional ink art mediums including video, new media, dynamic installations, and AI technology, resulting in a contemporary ink art experience and refreshing. Curated by experienced curator Eric Leung, the exhibition titled “Light Play” conveys the concept of ink wash through the use of light and shadow effects, providing audiences with a unique and alternative experience of the ink art.
Special exhibition: “A tribute to Chu Hing Wah”
The Ink Society will present the special exhibition “A Tribute to Chu Hing Wah” at
INK ASIA 2023. This is the seventh installment in the Ink Society’s “Tribute” series, which celebrates the art and legacy of master ink painters. Now in his eighties, Chu Hing Wah is one of Hong Kong’s most original artists, known for his evocative ink paintings of human figures and depictions of city life.
Special exhibition: “Unknown Mountains and Rivers”
Curated by Grace Cheng, artist Seth Hon departs from traditional ink and brush depictions and instead focuses on presenting data from various perspectives and dimensions through different media. By studying the patterns of various minerals, the Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) generates stones of varying colors and patterns. After exploring the potential of natural hues, the stones transform into fluid ink, ultimately forming a landscape of mountains and rivers.
Special exhibition: “Ink Smile”
Presented by artist Hong Ko, “Blinkeyes” is an art series he worked on. The iconic starry-eyed smiley face is an eye-catching emoji through which it expresses the spirit of the times. The plush spheres of different sizes, like totems or some kind of creatures, are the three-dimensional interpretation of the transformation between brush and ink. Spheres, like cells that divide and converge, symbolize the smallest and largest imaginations.
Workshop: CopyINK Cat by CAT project COPY CAT
Hong Kong-based digital artist Kevin Ng seamlessly combines contemporary technology with urban motifs, drawing on the expressive marks and essence of ink art. His work explores the convergence of technology and art, innovation and tradition, while delving into the mysteries of the night and the depths of a cat’s soul. From the animal’s point of view, he questions what gives meaning to the creative spirit and to life. By capturing the cat’s nocturnal moments and reinventing them through unique exhibits enhanced with digital art, the exhibition seamlessly merges technology and art. In addition, it highlights the creative processes that give life to our artistic approaches. The workshop welcomes participants from all painting backgrounds, providing them with the opportunity to create distinctive works under the guidance of the artist.
Large-scale ink art installations
INK ASIA 2023 will feature six large-scale public art installations on site, including works by renowned artists Xu Longsen, Wang Dongling, Liao Jianhua, Lee Kuang-Yu, Kan Tai Keung and Danny Lee Chi Fai; an album by traditional Chinese ink painting master Shi Lu will also be featured at the same venue.
INK ASIA 2023 is grateful to have
The ink society as an educational partner, hosting the academic program at the show by inviting experts from different fields. The line-up of speakers is impressive, including Cai Heng, senior curator of the National Gallery Singapore; Luk Yuping, curator of Chinese Central Asian paintings, prints and collections at the British Museum; Professor Zhang Zikang, Director of the Art Museum of the Central Academy of Fine Arts; Dr. Susan L. Beningson, independent curator; and Professor Huang Zhiyang, dean of the College of Humanities and Arts at Huafan University in Taiwan. These esteemed experts will share their valuable insights with the audience during
INK ASIA 2023.
INK ASIA 2023 is sponsored by
LG Electronics which provides premium quality OLED TVs and display screens throughout the exhibition area. Additionally, the fair is also sponsored by
The Macallanone of the leading single malt whiskeys in the world.
Ink Art Programs in the City 2023
In addition to all the exciting exhibits at the show site, the outdoor installations and exhibitions of
INK ASIA 2023 will continue until the end of the year in different locations across Hong Kong, aiming to promote the new ink art to the general public. Several exhibitions will be held at prominent venues such as Hysan Place in Causeway Bay, the public space of Star Ferry Pier in Central, the courtyard and outdoor spaces of the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre, the Hong Kong Arts Center and various galleries city art. Further details will be announced.
Dates and times
Wednesday October 4, 2023
2 p.m. – 9 p.m. Preview (by invitation only)
Thursday October 5 – Saturday October 7, 2023
11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Open to the public
Sunday October 8, 2023
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Open to the public
Hall 3E, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center
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