Four Season AL MarYah
24TH and 25TH JANUARY 2018

Koon Waibong

Hong Kong
Koon Waibong, Gentlemen, 2014
Koon Wai-bong, Gentleman, 2017
Koon Wai-bong, Whispering Woods
Ink on Paper, 2013


Based in Hong Kong as an ink artist, Koon Wai Bong received his B.A. and M.F.A. from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and his D.F.A. from the RMIT University. He is currently the Assistant Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University. Koon attained ‘Rising Artist Award’ in 2003, the ‘Merit’ from the National Exhibition of Arts, China in 2004, and ‘Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Award’ in 2009. In addition, he joined the International Ink Painting Biennial of Shenzhen in 2010, Taipei International Modern Ink Painting Biennial in 2012, and the New Ink exhibition at the Sotheby’s Gallery in 2013, and the Chinese Contemporary Ink at The James Christie Room in 2014. Besides, he held the TRANSpose as a solo show at The Museum of East Asian Art, UK in 2013, and widely exhibited his artworks in museums, galleries and art fairs across Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, US, UK, Germany, Belgium and Singapore. Inspired by Koon’s curiosity about the relationships between humans and nature, cognition and perception, visual expression and metaphysical contemplation, his artworks have explored the concept of ‘the unity of heaven and men’ (Tianren Heyi), and the possibilities of ink art in terms of both the medium and the aesthetic. His works range from painting to wearable, sound art and installation, exploring our perceptions of nature and landscape, and the alienation between nature and man in the present time. He creates my landscapes in different media, aiming to transform the apparently neutral space of nature into mindscapes for spirituality, with concerns about the value of humanity and our condition of being, while questioning the culture of excess – overcrowded living spaces are caging people inside concrete walls, and exchanges of multi-sensual information have become overwhelming. In light of this, Koon’s works aim to create a different notion of spatiality that engages viewers to appreciate the beauty of nothingness in the aesthetic and cultural senses. His artwork has been garnered by galleries, museums, art organisations and private collections such as M+, Hong Kong Museum of Art, CUHK's Art Museum, Wharf Group in Hong Kong, J. Safra Sarasin Group in Singapore, Ben Brown Fine Arts and Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

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