Second Edition of INK ASIA features strong line-up of galleries and almost 100 artists

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Second Edition of INK ASIA features strong line-up of galleries and almost 100 artists
Ink Asia installation view.

HONG KONG.- INK ASIA, the first-ever art fair devoted to contemporary ink, returns to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre for its second edition from 16-18 December 2016. As the hub of art business in Asia, Hong Kong is the best place to establish an art fair specialising in modern and contemporary ink art, heralding a new era of ink. Ink Asia 2016 will present exquisite ink works in a variety of media, as well as a series of academic lectures by renowned experts and artists.

Strong line-up of 50 participating galleries
Ink Asia 2016 will host 50 leading international galleries and academic institutions from Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea, presenting works in a variety of media related to ink art, from traditional through to contemporary. This year, the fair has attracted new international galleries: from Hong Kong - Pearl Lam Galleries, Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery and Galerie Ora-Ora; from Beijing - Ink Studio and Amy Li Gallery; also, Whitestone Gallery from Tokyo, Space Namu from Seoul, and Rossi & Rossi from London and Hong Kong. Three renowned Taiwanese galleries in the Taiwan Pavilion: Xizhitang Gallery, My Humble House Art Gallery and Jia Art Gallery. And the returning Taiwanese galleries include Loftyart Gallery, Capital Art Center and Da Xiang Art Space. Returning Hong Kong galleries include 3812 Gallery, Hanart TZ Gallery, Alisan Fine Arts, Grotto Fine Art, Rong Bao Zai (Hong Kong) Ltd. and Rasti Chinese Art.

100 Ink Artists from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong
INK ASIA features almost 100 outstanding artists from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. From Mainland China, there are works by Wang Huangsheng, the Director of Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts; Wang Tiande, Pan Gongkai, Zhang Yu Lan Zhenghui, among others. Leading Taiwanese artists include Li Yihong, Liu Kuo-sung who is known as “the father of ink art” and his students Chiang Li-hsiang, Wu Pui-wah and Hsu Hsiu-lan. Hong Kong artists, Leung Kui Ting, Chu Hing Wah, Wong Hau Kwei, Raymond Fung Wing Kee, Chan Kan Tin and Water Poon will also attend the fair. INK ASIA has become the best platform for the ink artists from over the world.

China Pavilion: Contemporary Chinese Calligraphy
INK ASIA has invited renowned curator, Dr Xia kejun, to curate the China Pavilion: Contemporary Chinese Calligraphy. The exhibition will explore the transformation from traditional brush strokes to contemporary calligraphy, and from being a calligrapher to being an artist. Five artists have been selected: Gu Weida, Wang Dongling, Chen Guangwu, Jin Feng, and Zhang Hao.

Taiwan Pavilion: Exceptional Ink Art – Transitional Innovation in the Future Past
In the 1960s, ink art in Taiwan was modernised and abstract ink began to develop. There was another group of artists, positioned in between the masters and new ink artists, who created ink art based on their personal life experience and exploration of non-traditional ink. The academic host of the Taiwan Pavilion, Kao Chien Hui, says, “Those participated artists inherited and respected the literati painting of the masters; yet enlightened future generations with their innovative work.”

The Director of INK ASIA 2016, Mr. Calvin Hui said, “INK ASIA is a professional and open platform for art exchange and art trade. A host of artists, museums, art institutions, galleries, collectors and foundations will join us at the fair, to exchange views, discover our cultural heritage, and explore the spirit of ink art. Furthermore, they will have the opportunity to discuss current and future trends of ink art, and understand the global view, including similarities and differences of cultural values between East and West, opening up new possibilities for the art market.”

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