Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Hunt & Gather interview with Timothy Hon Hung Lee

Timothy Hon Hung Lee is a 25 year old Virgo born in Sutton Coldfield, UK at the Good Hope Hospital. He is British with his family originating from Hong Kong. Timothy currently lives in Leeds and is chasing a lifelong ambition to become successful, a dream which I am almost positive he will reach in not that long of a time. I had a chat with him about his art, his goals and his up and coming group show at London Miles Gallery, titled Waking Aurora.

Lets begin...

So Timothy, What art school or training do you have?

I have done all the usual UK qualifications, Foundation level and degree in fine art. Im still toying with the idea to do an MA.

How long have you been drawing?

Like many artists its always been a part of me although I stopped for 4 years whilst at Unniversity to try other mediums paint, digital, sculpture.

When we last spoke I was amazed to find out just how long you spend on any particular piece of art.. you said up to 2 weeks or around 50 hours. Where does this strong attention to detail and dedication come from?

The most I have spent on a piece was over a month of non stop 8-10 hours a day. Why I spend so much time on a piece I have no idea. Everybody sees things in their own way when, im drawing I see sections that need to be finished to a level so that the rest of the piece works. Im not purposefully looking to fill my work with tiny details it is just how I draw. And the dedication I suppose is from the fact that I love what I do and don’t see the time it takes as a burden; it helps to resolve certain thoughts and feelings.

Exactly how to do you start a piece? Do you have an idea and sketch it out, or do you just go for it?

The ideas come when I least expect it and with different levels of clarity, some pieces draw themselves and others take little more time to reveal their truths. Either way it’s a case of outlining the composition with pencil then drawing ink pens.

So how did you get in to working with Ink as your main medium?

I think this is from my time spent in digital work. I didn’t feel comfortable with the idea that anything you do has no permanence. So Ink is a medium where to a degree you mark is definite there’s not much you can alter about them. I like what it stands for in a way, it is simple and direct.

Your Ink illustrations are extremely detailed and seem to be a very careful and delicate process , as Ink is a very unforgiving medium to use. How do you manage not to make mistakes?

The paper I work with can be extremely delicate and it takes a certain touch to be able to control your marks. In my eyes I always see areas where I think I have messed up but that’s natural to make mistakes; in drawing and in life. Im not concerned with mistakes I’m concerned with the bigger picture.

Can you explain a bit where your Asian influence comes from and why it is so present in your work?

Growing up in the UK and being of Chinese descent has played a big part in my identity. I literally feel split half British half Chinese. I see the Asian Influence as a way to reclaim and maintain the Asian heritage within me. I can get by in everyday Cantonese and understand more than I can speak, but im illiterate in Chinese which I feel is quite shameful. It is something im going to address. I know about Eastern culture but it is learnt through English it is only through art I can transcend this dichotomy.

How do you know when you’re finished with a piece?

It is natural, people always think of my pieces as intricate but to me it’s a reduction. Until what I see as my truth on the paper I stop.

What is your most productive time to work?

Its always at night. Its sounds strange but I work best when I shut down.

Up to this point, can you tell us a bit about how your art career has been going. What shows have you been involved in? Where are you currently being exhibited?

I feel really lucky and humbled with the people I have met so far. I have had my work in cities and galleries I have never been to. The Kids are Alright tour (which is happening as we speak) is something im very excited about. The idea of the tour is to push each artist outside their comfort zones working in different mediums and sizes. The tour goes on to the end of the year im looking forward to see what I create for each venue. Before these shows came into fruition I was not so different to what I do now. Just trying to make a strong body of work.

I personally would love to see you get in to painting. Do you think you will be moving towards that in the future or are you standing by your ink illustrations for the moment?

For the time being I am focused in seeing how far I can push myself with ink and the possibilities of this medium. I will start painting again but I cant promise it will be any less time consuming. I think its important for an artist to not be a one trick pony.

Have you dipped in to painting in the past?

I used to paint in my teens a lot. They were never really any good but I feel now with an experience of visuals I can make that transition. I actually cant wait to paint again but its just finding the time; the right time.

I spoke to you before about getting prints made of your work, as I think your artwork would look fantastic in print form and also be very accessible to a much wider audience due to the price of course.. do you think that is on the list of things to do?

Definitely, of course only if there is a demand for my work. Art should be about sharing and inclusion not elitism.

How do you see the current “New Contemporary “ art world and how do you see yourself playing a roll with in this growing movement? (Hard question I know..but just would be good to hear your thoughts on this whole art culture and where you see it going, yourself included)

If you look at the Turner prize nominations and then the reactions of the public you can see there’s a gap. I have a problem with work that is catered for the art world. But it is so difficult to comment on an entity that is ever changing with so many variables.

I think and hope that art from cultures and countries that we are less familiar with will be much more of a presence in the art world. In terms of my work being part of this new contemporary movement, I really don’t know where my work sits. The only role I can play is my own.

What artists do you look up to? Influence you, and keep you going?

Theres so many… Damien Hirst, Francis Bacon, Rembrandt, Liu Zheng, Takato Yamamoto, Wong Kar Wai, David Lynch, Joel Peter Witkin, Haruki Murakami, Nick Cave, Bjork, Glassjaw. Theres many I have left out as I could probably go on for quite some time but when I think of any of these I think to myself; I’d like to be on one of these lists for someone some day.

Who in your life has been a huge influence on you outside of the art world?

My Uncle (Lee Man Sang) hes also an artist but I always give him a mention where I can. He’s very bohemian in his ways. It was my Uncles work I used to see when I was younger, I still remember his paintings vividly. I should have mentioned him above as his work probably moves me more than any other even though it’s a completely biased opinion. I get a lot of confidence from people who believe in me that’s really important, when its so hard to make it in this game.

Other than being an extremely dedicated and talented artist, what else do you do with your free time?

Music and films are a big thing in my life. I try to make as much noise just in house with the instruments we have got here (guitars and a set of drums). When not in solitude with my work, I make as much noise as possible. Im always spending my time on the net trying to discover new music I’d say im pretty open to all genres of music but still very particular with what I listen to. Im a pretty big film fan again its hard to say what films in particular. I always try to see things on the big screen the way they should be seen.

What trips or travels in the past have you been on that has really influenced you as a person? Travels, memories, places?

I once went to visit the Big Buddha in Hong Kong a few years ago. I think it was one of the powerful things I’d ever experienced. The Buddha is sat on a mountain overlooking Lan Tau island and I remember being silenced by it. The sheer size of the Buddha in relation to the mountains made me feel insignificant. But it was a truly humbling experience.

Where do you feel most at peace?

Theres a few here, The village where my grandparents live there are areas there that have been unspoiled for centuries. Also when im with my family and friends so that can be anywhere in thw world.

What would you say your addicted to? If anything...

Cigarettes I wish I wasn’t. When I have the money I buy a lot of clothes, shoes and bags. I sound very effeminate here but when I have the funds I shop.

It seems like 2009 will be a great year for your career, as your work is currently on tour on the “ KIDS ARE ALRIGHT “ Group show, and you are featured here at LONDON MILES gallery in a 4 person show, called Waking Aurora, along side Nimit Malavia, Yuta Onoda and Scott Belcastro. What do you have planned for us in May?

Im excited about this show as its kind of my first real show in the UK. There will be my new piece that Im working on as I type, which is a diptych. It’s a piece that is much more focused on composition I think so it’ll be interested to see the reaction. I think there will be a total of 4 or 5.

Your also a featured artist in Hunt & Gather, the art book publication that comes out this September internationally. How do you feel about all of this? How do you see the next few years working out for you?

I feel flattered as always to be included in any form of publication. There’s a sense of pride when you see that someone has seen something in your work worthy to share with others on your behalf. So I can’t thank you enough Tina. I hope the next few years I keep progressing with my work. I know I want to get a lot better than the level I feel I’m at right now. For 2010 I would really love to get more shows and a solo show would be a dream come true. Not forgetting to mention the paintings I have planned.

I never like to predict the future it never resembles what you imagine.

Where can people find more about your work? Buy your work? Ect..

My works can be seen at my site www.timleeart.com there are some prints on sale there and obviously you can see my works when I show at London Miles and I shall be there on the day of the show too.

Image to Right is the print Tim has for sale on his website,,go and get yours now! Its only 25£

“Of a Thousand Tears of a Thousand Songs”A2 sized Lithographic Print 130 GSM Limited Edition 100

Visit Timothly's webiste HERE

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Waking Aurora opens May 7th from 7:00pm to 10:00pm and showcases original art work by Timothy along with Scott Belcastro, Nimit Malavia, Yuta Onoda.


Saturday, April 25, 2009

Kuniyoshi at the Royal Academy of Arts- London


Ok, I know this is not really in the same time frame of most of my posts, but this Japanese print artist has truly inspired and impacted our contemporary movement in many more ways than one. So I just wanted to let you all know about this amazing exhibition going on at the Royal Academy of Arts!

The Royal Academy of Arts presents an exhibition on one of the greatest Japanese print artists, Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861). Featuring over 150 works, the exhibition presents Kuniyoshi as a master of imaginative design. It reveals the graphic power and beauty of his prints across an unprecedented range of subjects highlighting his ingenious use of the triptych format.

The majority of the exhibition has been drawn from the outstanding collection of Professor Arthur R. Miller which has recently been donated to the American Friends of the British Museum. This is the first major exhibition in the United Kingdom on Utagawa Kuniyoshi since 1961.

Kuniyoshi was a major master of the ‘floating world’, or Ukiyo-e school of Japanese art, and, together with Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) and Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864), dominated nineteenth century printmaking in Japan. Prolific and multitalented, Kuniyoshi considerably expanded the existing repertoire of the school, particularly with thousands of designs that brought vividly to life famous military exploits in Japan and China. Kuniyoshi developed an extraordinarily powerful and imaginative style in his prints, often spreading a scene dynamically across all three sheets of the traditional triptych format and linking the composition with one bold unifying element - a major artistic innovation.

More information HERE!

London Miles Gallery presents Waking Aurora.



London Miles Gallery is proud to present: Waking Aurora, a group exhibition featuring the works of emerging talents, Scott Belcastro, Timothy Hon Hung Lee, Yuta Onoda, and Nimit Malavia for their first group art exhibition in the UK.

Opening May 7th, 2009 From 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Exhibition will be on show until June 5th, 2009.
Visit www.londonmiles.com for more information.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Specter at the Royal Ontario Museum




Its becoming a common sight, seeing street artists and new contemporary artists being exhibited in Museums across the globe.. is that not just amazing! Well artist Specter, from Canada has just finished a four story installation at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, And its truly something to see. Specter is seriously one of my favorite street artists, he is extremely innovative and his creativity sees no boundaries. Again I am stunned! This one is ....how to say it... AWESOME!

This is what Specter has to say about it, " This project was completed in two very
hectic months. If you are interest to see the work you can go to my
website www.specterart.com in the project section I have also
attached a few photos of the project for you extra busy people.

Thanks for all your support
Gabriel Specter "

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant Discuss The 25th Anniversary Of Subway Art


Thanks Wooster Collective!

This short video is truly a great way to spend around 4 minutes of your life. Its Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant, two amazing graffiti photographers and important people that have documented graffiti culture since the beginning. Its nice to hear what they have to say about the Subway art movement, and their book " Subway Art".

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Swimming Cities



Wooster collective sent out their daily update and today it was following a project that street artists and mastermind SWOON is involved in... I had to check in to this, being a huge fan of her work I was directed to their website www.swimmingcities.org..

This is not a normal art project, and be prepared to be extremely impressed and just overwhelmed with excitement and jealousy for these guys. They are creating boats, or as the title suggests, swimming cities. To me they look like Peter Pans Never never land, or what you may find on a river in Alice in wonderland. Its just so freaking awesome! They are making them by hand, and are traveling through rivers. At the moment they are based in Slovenia building rafts.. This is what SWOON has to say, (quotes taken from Wooster Collective)

" i am writing from slovenia, building rafts again! we are camped out in ankaran slovenia at a marina who's very kind and generous owners are letting us use their boat yard to build, and their jetties to launch our pontoons and continue building afloat. above are pictures of the first pontoon launch, the model for the new raft, and the new raft's deck in progress.it's beautiful out here, the sea is intimidating, but there are lots of canals we can travel on windy days.we're early in our build phase, but already the wonder and surprise on people's faces when we explain what we are up to is reminding me of why we do these things.i made two small prints, the sale of which will help us buy food and fuel and tools and all the thousand spinning parts we need to make this thing real. here's a link to them:

http://www.swimmingcities.org/support/

ok, wish us luck!"

... Swoon"

So yes, she also has amazing prints available. Im purchasing mine as soon as I get my cash through, I just hope they are not gone by tomorrow! If you can, donate to this amazing project. or just send them an email to tell them how awesome they are!
You have to see the rest of the images from this !! GO HERE


Urban SuperStar : Museum of Contemporary Art, Donna Regina,



URBAN SUPERSTAR Show is an impressive group show curated by David Vecchiato.

This group show takes place not at a gallery, but at a MUSEUM.. yes boys, thats right.. we are hot shit right now! The Museum of Contemporary Art, Donna Regina in Napoli, Italy will showcase the

artwork from a really nice selection of cutting edge contemporary artists from across the globe.


This Show opens on April 24th, and is on show until May 25th 2009.

At “MADRE” – Museum of Contemporary Art, Donna Regina,

via Luigi Settembrini 79, Napoli. (Italy)

URBAN SUPERSTAR show è un evento Comic(ON)OFF

Organization

MondoPOP International Gallery, Roma

Napoli Comicon, Napoli

Info:


www.comicon.it

ARTISTS:

Aiko Nagakawa aka Lady Aiko (Giappone/USA)

AlePOP (Italia)

Allegra Corbo (Italia)

Bethany Marchman (USA)

Boris Hoppek (Germania/Spagna)

Bigfoot (USA)

Cesko (Italia)

Ciou (Francia)

David Vecchiato aka Diavù (Italia)

DEM (Italia)

El Gato Chimney (Italia)

Fupete (Italia)

Gary Baseman (USA)

Gary Taxali (India/Canada)

Glenn Barr (USA)

Ian Stevenson (UK)

Inge Cornill (Belgio)

Jeremyville (Australia)

Jim Avignon (Germania)

Joe Ledbetter (USA)

Jon Burgerman (UK)

Junko Mizuno (Giappone)

Licia Viero (Italia)

Mijn Schatje (Francia)

Naoshi (Giappone)

Nathan Jurevicius (Australia)

Scarful (Italia)

Sergio Mora (Spagna)

Serpeinseno (Italia),

Shag (USA)

Sten & Lex (Italia)

Simone Legno aka Tokidoki (Italia/USA)

Zelda Bomba (Francia/Italia)

Big things are ahead.. Stay tuned about this show HERE!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

A little dedication post to Three inspiring females

I was having a moment today looking over the past weeks and all that I have missed updating my blog about and I realized that this month we have had three solo shows from three truly impressive females of our time open across the USA. Each of them doing something different and totally unique. They are inventors, creatives, and truly organically talented, working and dedicating everyday to being who they are and making a place for themselves in this highly competitive world. I would just like to dedicate this little post to these three women, and really give them a virtual high five and a huge hug for being truly awesome females that inspire me daily to keep working my ass off, and I hope matter if your male of female that they do the same for you. Rock on!

Liz Mcgrath opened her solo show in New York City at the Sloan Fine Art Gallery, Titled " Shadowless Summer". Here are some images from this show, again truly impressive talent..and hands that craft magic.

Link to her solo show HERE

Link to a new Interview “I’m No Liza Minnelli” - An Interview with Liz McGrath
By Daniel Alonso
Here





Sylvia Ji just opened her solo show "Haute Epoch" at Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles, California. Sylvia really is such an amazing painter, she is a master of color and those women with the big eyes, tattooed faces and Mexican head pieces arise something in me that make me just want them in my life. I want to be one of them. HA! if only!

Link to Sylvia's Website Here
Link to her solo show at Corey Helford HERE












Brandi Milne is another female artists that has really created a place for her self in the art world. She has a unique artistic style of combining art nouveau with anime. She just opened her solo show " Run Rabbit, Run" at Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City, California.

Link to Brandi Milne website HERE
Link to her solo show at ThinkSpace HERE











Thursday, April 16, 2009

London Miles Gallery Opens Tonight!






We did it.. Tonight opens London Miles Gallery, a new cutting edge contemporary art gallery located in Notting Hill, London. Just over 8 weeks ago I moved to London, and this is what I have been up to. Tonight is a huge celebration, not only for all the hard work that myself and the director Phil Coleman have done, but just all we have accomplished in just 8 weeks. I think its the fastest gallery launch from start to finish in history.
The gallery is full of some great original art work from artists Joe Ledbetter, Amanda Visell, Nate Frizzell, Nimit Malavia, Yuta Onoda, Jeremy Lynch and Emilio Subira. Along with a whole collection of limited edition prints, toys and some cool plush.

If your in the London Area please do try to come down and join us for the opening, if not, I hope you can follow our moves on the website. www.londonmiles.com. We have a year full of some great art shows, and talented artists.

Thanks for being patient with me, and Im going to try to get back to Hunt and Gather posting!

Hope to see you tonight. Thursday April 16th, from 6:30 to 10:00pm
at 212 kensington park road, notting hill. London.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A look at London Miles Gallery


Its been one very busy week, but London Miles Gallery is finally coming together.
The Exhibition is being hung and we are warming up for tomorrow and Thursday night for our opening event.
So if your in London this week, please do come by the gallery for our opening reception on Thursday evening from 6:30 to 10:00pm. Or if not, at least visit the website and check out
what we have going on this year! Im about to post on the online preview so you can get your sneek peek!

Check.. www.londonmiles.com!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Two great shows open at LeBasse Projects

The new LeBasse Projects gallery, just a month old and already one really nice and impressive gallery. This April the 11th, opens two solo shows from some seriously talented artists that are just breaking out of that Emerging aritsts title, and in to " SERIOUSLY serious stuff"










This April the 11th from 7pm to 10pm opens...


Tessar Lo, one of the new additions to Hunt & Gathers art book, which by the way hits stores this September, "Future Perfect," is the first solo exhibition from artist Tessar Lo.

A bit about Tessar:

Lo developed his first solo show around the idea that the future is completely unforeseeable. Only in our dreams can the future be a utopia, and while anything is ultimately possible, the reality is we do not know where we will find ourselves.

Lo’s paintings often depict these ideas and emotions he cannot easily express in words. While on the surface Lo’s work often has the feel of an intimate storybook, upon closer inspection we see a deep sense of vulnerability and loneliness. The paintings for his solo exhibition continue to develop these feelings as he states his desire to be an island - alone, not needing to rely or respond to anyone but himself. The series of paintings are also larger in scale than anything Lo has worked on before, partly directed from his fear of being a merely decorative artist and partly from his increased confidence in his craft.

Read the Hunt and Gather Interview " A Road going Somewhere Special" with Tessar Lo HERE!

The other show that I have awaiting to see is by artists ERIC FORTUNE, if you have not heard of him..then you have been living in one very dark cave, as he is the next thing you need to be looking out for. He is one skill ful guy with a paint brush. Leave it to LEBASSE PROJECTS to discover the next best thing.
Eric Fortune's solo show is titled LOST IN LIGHT, and also opens on April the 11th.

About Eric Fortune:
Fortune has turned his eye towards a career in contemporary figurative art after spending years as an accomplished illustrator. Fortune will present a series of new paintings in our project room and provide us with his largest body of work to date. Fortune has sold out all of his original artwork to date and looks to continue giving his expanding collector base a reason to line up for new paintings.

Get more information on LEBASSE PROJECTS website here, and make sure you attend the opneing on April 11th, if your around Culver City. Its just crazy how much goes on in that area!