Stephen WONG Chun Hei: Daydream Travelogues 黃進曦《臥遊》
Stephen WONG Chun Hei
3 June – 9 July 2016
The paintings on view in “Daydream Travelogues” reveal WONG’s fascination in wandering between actual and imaginary natural scenery. Various distinctive scenic views continuously arise in the artist’s mind even on the days he is working in the studio. These scenes are prompted by the artist’s visual experience during his long hiking trips, or composed by his intuitive imagination. Accordingly, WONG’s landscape paintings provide a sense of mystery, being familiar yet out of place.
WONG is very fond of imagining his own position in the scenery, following with the extension of dramatic winding path and the construction of spectacular views on the surrounding two sides. Without many presumptions, as if going on an excursion in the outskirts, one is not able to foresee the scene. WONG’s works guide the viewer to climb up and down the mountains, one after another, and pass through the interlacing path, exploring the wild labyrinth created by the artist’s actual vision and his realm of ingenuity.
The artist portrays landscapes with stylized brushstrokes as though resembling his own footsteps in the countryside. His paintings tug at the viewer’s heartstrings by murmuring the interdependence between human and nature.
About the Artist
Stephen WONG Chun Hei (b. 1986, Hong Kong) graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Department of Fine Arts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2008. Natural landscape scenery is the main theme in WONG’s paintings. Artist combines his intuitive imagination and visual experience during the long hiking trips to create his works. As such, WONG’s landscape paintings provide a sense of mystery, being familiar yet out of place. His works prompt viewer to ponder the relationship between human, nature and virtual reality. Participated exhibitions include solo exhibition “Looking at the sky and the landscape beneath” (Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong, 2018), “Daydream Travelogues” (Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong, 2016), “Step Back to Nature” (Galerie Ora-Ora, Hong Kong, 2014), group exhibition “The Breath of Landscape” (Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 2019) and “These Painters’ Painters” (ROH Projects, Jakarta, 2018). WONG currently lives and works in Hong Kong.