Economic development in the 1960s to 1970s evolved Hong Kong from a small fishing village to a confluence of Chinese and Western culture, with grocery stores in alleys, rickshaws on the streets, nightlife dance halls and floating restaurants.
Through our “Remember them? — Old Businesses in Hong Kong through Eyes of Artists” Exhibition, four renowned Hong Kong artists from different generations and creative styles — Au Yeung Nai Chim, Shen Ping, Cassian Lau and Wai Wai celebrate the city’s long-forgotten and disappearing businesses from the 1960s and 1970s. Evoking nostalgia with every stroke, their creations of seemingly ordinary and everyday Hong Kong scenes take viewers on a journey through the city’s history and the craftsmen, merchants and shopkeepers who played key roles in its social and economic life. Through this exhibition, the artists build a bridge from past to present, reconnecting people with Hong Kong’s old businesses, allowing their stories to live on.
Au Yeung Nai Chim
人生歷練不凡，令人崇敬的畫壇前輩，其人慈祥儒雅，賢哲謙厚，平易近人，大家都親切地稱他為「沾叔」。 2008年獲香港特區政府頒授榮譽勳章，表揚其藝術貢獻，被譽為香港傑出畫家。其作品也獲香 港藝術館、香港文化博物館及中國美術館等收藏。
One step at a time, I travelled to all corners of Hong Kong, sketching my observations and immersing myself in the joy of drawing. Au Yeung Nai Chim
Born in Xinhui, Guangdong in 1931, Au Yeung Nai Chim settled in Hong Kong at the age of seven. An art lover since childhood, he taught himself various types of art and media, including drawing, sketching and watercolour. For more than 70 years, he has persisted in sketching outdoors, with his footprints covering many parts of Hong Kong and China. In the mid-1990s, he spent five years setting foot in every corner of Hong Kong, producing nearly 2,000 sketches along the way. With his keen observation, he captures the urban scenes of Hong Kong, showcasing the city’s transition between periods in history and its unique blend of the old and the new. A strong Hong Kong sentiment is embodied in his works, a document of Hong Kong people’s shared memories.
Recording and illustrating the best of Hong Kong with paint brushes is the duty and responsibility of a Hong Kong painter. I am proud to be one of them. Shen Ping
Recording and illustrating the best of Hong Kong with paint brushes is the duty and responsibility of a Hong Kong painter. I am proud to be one of them.
Born in Beijing in 1947 and raised in Shanghai, Shen Ping went to Urumqi, Xinjiang in 1963 for work related to fine art. He furthered his studies at Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts in 1974 and settled in Hong Kong in 1980. He has served as a member of the visual arts committee of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and as a tutor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education. Currently he is the lead consultant of the Hong Kong Association of Cultural Industries, consultant of the Hong Kong Artists Association and Chairman of the Hong Kong Watercolour Research Society. His works have been collected by the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the National Art Museum of China.
As a painter and storyteller, Hong Kong in the 1960s and 1970s is a romantic backdrop rich with tapestries of inspiration. The stories in my paintings are open-ended and as such, viewers are encouraged to create their own personal narratives. Cassian Lau
Born in Hong Kong in 1968, Cassian Lau moved to Canada with his family when he was five years old and settled in Toronto. Because he loved art, he eventually chose a double major of business administration and art. In the mid-1990s, shortly after graduating from university, he moved back to Hong Kong. In 1995, he started his own business and joined his friends in starting a fashion retail business. It was a time of growth for Hong Kong’s economy and with the booming retail market, his business grew rapidly. At that time, he thought deeply about his raison d’être. Since he loves Hong Kong and wanted to realise his artistic vision, he decided to devote himself full-time to his art, focusing on creating to propel his art career forward.
Sketching an old shop is like building a bridge to connect it with the public, letting them live together. Wai Wai
Sketching an old shop is like building a bridge to connect it with the public, letting them live together.
Wai Wai, born in Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Media from City University of Hong Kong in 2012 with a film major. As a story lover, she loves visiting small shops in different industries in Hong Kong to get inspiration. In addition to documenting their daily activities with watercolour paintings, Wai Wai also likes to incorporate their individual stories into her works.
Old Businesses in Hong Kong through Eyes of Artists
2021.3.11 – 2021.6.27
G105 – 106, The Repulse Bay Arcade, 109 Repulse Bay Road, Hong Kong
Image courtesy of Artspace K and the artists