平面設計師及插畫師LeE-papa，於10月1日至30日在賽馬會鯉魚門創意館舉行個人展覽「Somewhere in Time」，以數碼方式繪畫出多座香港著名的古舊建築物，當中包括匯豐銀行總行大廈三代、西港城、藍屋、美都餐室、和昌大押及道風山基督教叢林等。
Graphic designer and illustrator LeE-papa is holding his first solo exhibition “Somewhere in Time” from 1 to 30 October at the Jockey Club Lei Yue Mun Plus. The exquisite works depict renowned historic buildings in Hong Kong such as the HSBC Main Building (Third Design), Western Market, Blue House, Mido Café, Woo Cheong Pawn Shop and Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre.
Why it matters:
It features a total of 34 works, including 17 paintings created in digital drawing style. Each painting is presented alongside a photograph of the historic building taken by LeE-papa especially for the exhibition. Viewers are invited to reminisce about the history and intriguing stories behind these iconic historic buildings.
．HSBC Main Building (Third Design)
The third design opened in October 1935. Inspired by the lion sculptures for the Shanghai office, it commissioned two bronze lions too. Upon completion, it was the tallest building in Hong Kong at that time. During the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, the building served as the government headquarters. It was also the first building in Hong Kong to be fully air conditioned.
The building in Edwardian style was formerly the old Western Market (North Block). It is the oldest surviving market building in the city. Completed in 1906 and then renovated
in 1991, it was converted into a four-storey shopping complex. It was identified as one of the declared monuments in 1990.
Completed in 1922, Blue House is listed as a Grade I historic building. The four-storey balcony-type tenement block is named after the blue-coloured paint on its external walls and is one of the few remaining examples of its type in Hong Kong.
Mido Café (a Hong Kong style café) was established in 1950 in a tenement building on a street corner. The dining room still retains the design and decoration of the
1950s. There is a second-floor lounge and the location near the window can even enjoy the street view of Temple Street. It has been featured in several local films and TV
．Woo Cheong Pawn Shop
The tenement buildings (comprising four adjoining blocks) were built as early as 1888. The four-storey balcony-type shophouses incorporated Chinese and Western architectural features. It is listed as a Grade II historic building.
．Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre
The Centre was founded in 1930 by a Norwegian missionary who developed an idea to share the gospel with Buddhists. The building at the Centre is classified as a Grade II historic building. Described as “A remarkable Christian retreat centre high in the hills behind Sha Tin”, the picturesque site is very well-known and popular among Christians in Hong Kong.
Background – LeE-papa:
Hong Kong’s amateur illustrator LeE-papa works full-time as a graphic designer. In 2013, he published his first comic book “Chicken Soup for New Parents”. The book illustrates the interesting “imprints” from pregnancy to the early years of his first daughter. Since 2019, LeE-papa is enthused about painting Hong Kong’s historic buildings or structures in digital drawing style. On 8th October, 2019, he posted his first digital art (Lok Po House) in his personal Facebook. It is an old residential apartment in the neighbourhood that LeE-papa has grown up in. It received positive feedback. Since then, LeE-papa has drawn a series of architectures in which most of them are being named officially historic buildings in Hong Kong. Nevertheless, some of the buildings LeE-papa has chosen to draw are either being demolished (even though they are on the list of historic buildings in Hong Kong) or with the potential to be graded historic buildings in Hong Kong.
In March 2021, LeE-papa has founded “archimprint” to showcase his digital artworks in Facebook and Instagram. He wants to provide a free online platform for public to recall their “imprints” of these “architectures” with heritage through his digital illustrations.
Somewhere in Time：
LeE-papa首場個展 ｜ The First Solo Exhibition of LeE-papa
2022.10.1 – 10.30
Jockey Club Lei Yue Mun Plus, 45 Hoi Pong Road Central, Lei Yue Mun, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Courtesy to the artists