Keep your eyes on that light amidst the unknown, knowing that one day when the fog is cleared, you will find yourself in the garden, surrounded by grace.
Why it matters:
3812 Gallery Hong Kong is pleased to present “We Dream for that Light”, the Hong Kong young artist Thomas Ngan’s (b. 1995) first solo exhibition in 3812. The exhibition showcases a beautiful selection of Thomas’s latest works under the core themes of Floral, Fragility of Life, and Light. Specialised in incorporating realism into a dreamy world, Thomas creates distinct realms that invite audiences to follow the light and explore infinite possibilities.
．“We Dream for that Light” is derived from the concepts of uncertainty and hope. The artist attempts to capture the truth that lies between the fog and the motif with his vibrant brushstroke and harmonious composition. Audiences can step into a mystic world of possibility, savouring the moment when the light guides us to a fascinating garden surrounded by grace.
．For Thomas, life is an endless series of decisions until it ends, consisting of infinite paths of the unknown clouded in fog. It is probably because of his ever-changing cross-nation life experience, everything is in turbulence yet with infinite possibilities – the unknown is the necessity for hope. It becomes a key theme in Thomas’s works where he follows the “light” to construct a world of mystery.
．Thomas Ngan was born in 1995 in Toronto, Canada, and later returned to Hong Kong with his family. During Thomas’ stays in England, France, Spain, and America where he visited dozens of cities and their museums, he was astonished by the masterpieces of the naturalism painters, realism painters of the late Victorian period, as well as the spontaneous yet abstract expressions that the impressionist and post-impressionist employed. Seeing the masterworks in person confirms and grounds his understanding of paintings as well as inspiring them. His style has since then increasingly embraced the duality of both realism and abstraction.
Background – Thomas Ngan:
Thomas started teaching painting classes soon after he graduated from high school in Toronto. Over the years through teaching, he refined his philosophy, analytical system, and technical approach toward painting. His works with their display of refined draftsmanship became known among international artists communities, as they were often featured on various representational art pages on social media. His systematic approach toward paintings allows the dissecting of each work into structural and graphical languages that employ values, colours, edges, lines, textures, movements, rhythms, shapes, forms, and patterns as specific perspectives into his arsenal to analyse and polish his works. However, Thomas believes that the ultimate driving force of an artist should be the pursuit of truth, draftsmanship should only be allowed to further communicate that truth, not hinder it.
Step into Thomas Ngan’s world of possibility to enjoy the beauty of light brought by the vivid depiction of bouquets and fairy-like figures in a misty setting.
“We Dream for that Light”, Thomas Ngan Solo Exhibition in Hong Kong
2023.11.15 – 2024.1.5
26/F, Wyndham Place, 40-44 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
Courtesy of the artist and the gallery