Sports and art never seem to relate to each other, the former is fierce and the latter one is gentle. The Sun Museum recently has held the exhibition ” Sports in Hong Kong Art”, which connects Hong Kong athletes and artists with paintings, and expresses the vigor and perseverance of the athletes with the exquisite brushstrokes. The exhibition will be held coinciding with the Tokyo Olympics, it is hoped to be promote the sportsmanship of Hong Kong.
The Tokyo Olympic Games has begun on 23 July. In response to the great sports event and to carry forward the spirit of inspiring sportsmanship, Sun Museum, with the help of the cultural movement and the Art Next Expo, has launched the exhibition “Sports in Hong Kong Art” from 23 July to 25 September 2021.
Organised by Sun Museum with the support of Culture Action and Art Next, the exhibition presents over 70 pieces of artwork from 38 Hong Kong artists, which are mostly created this year. These artists have employed different artistic styles and mediums to portray the theme of sports: ranging from realistic portraits of athletes, scenes of active movements in competitions, to abstract expressionism, each with its specific character. Through art, the exhibition aspires to promote sports and the spirit of athletes.
All kinds of sports have their own unique characteristics. If they are illustrated by painting, it is very difficult. Many of the works on display proclaim the spirit of the sportsman. For example, Chung Tai Fu painted with rock color to show the spirit of perseverance and struggle of upright boarders; The high concentration atmosphere of the racquetball players in the game is depicted in a monochrome sketch by Tung Yiu; Fu Man Yat used watercolor to draw out the momentum during dragon boat race when the athletes work together.
Some has showed the dynamics of movement. Ma Chuen uses oil paints to capture the moments when surfers struggle with the waves; Chau Shik Hung portrays the sense of speed when skating with alternating brushstrokes; Tse Kong Wahuses intense color to sketch running scenes; Xie Cheng Xuan takes a different Angle to deduce the body movement of sumo wrestler; Li Yi Ying, however, reduced yoga movements to abstract symbols.
Yeung Chun Tong, the director of The Sun Museum, said: “Ancient people never try to draw about sports. Today, Hong Kong artists are challenging themselves in this aspect, to create personal style and interpret contemporary sports theme. They use different methods such as realistic, freehand brushwork, and abstract to write all kinds of motion scenes, which is interesting. This is a breakthrough in the creation of Hong Kong art in the past tradition, and emphasizing portrait drawings again.”
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