Wing Shya Photographs Hong Kong Youth

Published in MOTHER IV: LIBERATION, 2015 “We always say in Chinese, young people represent the future: now this sounds far beyond a cliché.” So wrote Wing Shya, when discussing this exclusive new series of images created for MOTHER. Wing is one of Hong Kong’s best known photographers. Famed for his work with director Wong Kar…

In Conversation: Thomas Demand

Published on ocula.com, 14 June, 2015 For two decades German-born artist Thomas Demand has captivated collectors and museums alike with his boundary pushing photography. With the dedication and single mindedness of an obsessive compulsive, Demand recreates meticulous and detailed life-size paper models of scenarios gleaned from media images, and then photographs them, blurring the lines…

Art Trends Now

Published in The Art Newspaper China, November 2014 The art market shows little sign of slowing down, particularly as oligarchs at auction continue to rack up records for high-end art works by American abstract painters and international contemporary stars. Earlier auctions this year resulted in record prices for American artist, Barnett Newman’s 'Black Fire I'…

Pedder-philes Spring Art 2013

In the past few years Hong Kong's iconic Pedder Building has undergone a remarkable, and expensive transformation. Gone are the vintage designer wear and cheap cashmere shops and in their place are the smooth gleaming floors and glass windows of high-end established commercial galleries, a cigar divan and an enoteca. And of course, Abercrombie and…

Looking up in Osaka with Joao Peñalva

Portuguese-born Joao Peñalva is that rare thing in the art world- a refined renaissance man with the sensibility of a poet and intellect of a philosopher, endowed with the ability to woo both curators and critics, as well as collectors, with museological exhibitions heavy on concept and context. Although he's been a practicing artist for…

An Appointment with L’Appuntamento

Last week I was asked by the lovely Claudia Albertini from Platform China Gallery to sit for a photoshoot at a fabulous homewares space in Chai Wan, Casa Capriz, run by another Chai Wan creative, Irene Capriz. The space was chock-a-block with amazing one-off vintage and industrial furniture finds from around the world, as well…