The Affordable Art Fair returns to Hong Kong from 4 to 7 August, with a plethora of amazing original contemporary artwork to see, enjoy and, if you’re keen, purchase!
“So many visitors to the show have a huge interest in art,” says the Affordable Art Fair team, “yet the notion of collecting artworks can sound daunting. There are space and size considerations to think about, and of course budget. It’s our mission to help everyone to discover the joy of collecting art. And the happiness is reciprocal: you can find a piece you love for your home, while also supporting artists and galleries to do what they’re good at.”
To see how you can make a start on an art collection this year, the team has hand-picked a sample of eight artists whose well-priced works (under $10,000) are likely to include something you’ll love in your home!
#1 Candy Mary
Represented by 13A New Street Gallery, Candy Mary utilises various mediums to create her characters. ‘Mary‘ is a dream-like individual who is romantic but mischievous; she travels through dimension and time to look for memories.
The gallery will showcase Candy Mary’s works including some limited-edition sculptures, in which Mary appears as a match head or a rose. The imagination of the artist is expanding to a different realm, simultaneously inviting visitors to join in the dreams.
#2 Rachel Wong
Using ink in a contemporary way, artist Rachel Wong from Ubu Deco will bring a series of calligraphy works to the Fair. Different from traditional ink works, the chosen Chinese characters in this instance directly express the message, with a piece of landscape hidden behind.
If you have a love of ink artworks but your interior is more modern, then Rachel’s pieces would be a good choice. The positive messages they’ll impart to any visitors to your home will garner plenty of warmth and good will.
#3 Kenichi Asano
This Japanese artist and photographer from the gallery Art of Nature has escalated photography to another level. His cityscape photographs intentionally leave white spaces within, with an obvious rubbed/blurred effect among buildings resonating like a mirage in a desert.
The series of photography works is called “Void in City” and is set in Kenichi’s home country of Japan, where interesting urban planning allows for the sight of green vistas and high-rises all in the same frame.
#4 Mateusz Kolek
Polish artist and illustrator Mateusz Kolek is joining the fair for the second time and has gathered a large number of supporters since his first appearance. His playful, psychedelic and dreamlike style is heavily influenced by many trips to Asia and studying its art and environment.
Represented by ZtoryTeller, this year Mateusz will be bringing artworks with themes from different cities, including Tokyo, a favourite destination among many Hongkongers, and Krakow, his home city.
Presented by Art Projects Gallery, Hong Kong artist Maysum offers a series of sculptures suitable for first-time buyers. Her interest in art isn’t confined to sculpture; she also loves drawing, with a dreamy, airy and even fairytale-ish style as her signature.
Since 2012, Maysum has been exploring various mediums and collaborating with a number of brands. Her whole portfolio is amazing, but the sculptures in particular are unique – works of a rare kind!
#6 Kyra Campbell
Kyra Campbell is a British-born photographer and artist who moved to Hong Kong after earning her degrees in London. Her style comes as a gorgeous surprise, with a minimalistic approach that could easily fit into any home interior.
Kyra enjoys working in a darkroom where possible, and she uses a technique called photogram with unique geometric results. She also takes photos of Hong Kong scenes with double exposure, revealing an interesting artistic side of the city.
#7 Camille Levert
Presented by the Hong Kong Arts Collective (the same gallery as Kyra, above), French artist Camille Levert focuses on photography and collage. Her works combine skill and delicacy, recreating many of the neglected features of Hong Kong.
Her series “Handmade in Hong Kong with care”, for example, sheds light on commonly seen neon signs, with the addition of feminine hands in a caring and cherishing gesture. Neon signs also happen to be handmade in Hong Kong, and they record one of the most prosperous period of the city’s history.
#8 Gaspard Mitz
Artist Gaspard Mitz’s humour is head-turning, even when his pieces are hung in an art fair! His works are always presented in a small box, with little human figures doing various things that echo the background, bringing out a smile or even provoking laughter from the larger humans (the audience)!
Represented by Faith Art Gallery, Gaspard is no stranger to Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong. His works have been collected by Hong Kong art lovers and collectors in previous shows – and have surely stirred interesting conversations among family and friends.
About the Fair
Decided which artists you want to see and support at the Fair? There’s plenty more talent in the line-up too, if you’re looking for a different piece to start your art collecting journey. Don’t miss your chance to explore all of it. The Affordable Art Fair runs from 4 to 7 August 2022 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
See more in our Living in Hong Kong section.