Contemporary Curated: Hong Kong

Contemporary Curated: Hong Kong

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Chris Huen Sin Kan

Joel 喬爾

Auction Closed

July 8, 05:56 AM GMT


700,000 - 900,000 HKD

Lot Details


Chris Huen Sin Kan

b. 1991


oil on canvas

signed and dated 2019 on the overlap

200.5 by 240 cm.  79 by 94½ in.








C.Huen,2019 (畫布折入處)

200.5 x 240 cm 公分,79 x 94½ 英寸

Simon Lee Gallery, London

Acquired by the present owner from the above


倫敦,Simon Lee畫廊


Hong Kong-born artist Chris Huen is inspired by everyday life, depicting his day-to-day experiences using his innovative visual language of layered dabs of paint and his activation of white space, creating scenes that draw harmoniously upon abstraction and elements of traditional Chinese ink painting. Most of his works relate to his experience growing up and raising his family in Hong Kong.


Featured in his solo show- Tall Trees - And The Things I Might Have Forgotten- at Gallery Exit in 2019, Joel springs from a series of horizontal paintings whereby towering greeneries dominate the composition. Embedded within the kaleidoscopic shrubberies are motifs extracted from the artist’s daily surroundings, including pieces of furniture, his beloved dogs, and in the present work’s case, his newborn son Joel. Joel sits in a crumbled garden, capturing the aftermath of typhoon Mangkhut that blasted Hong Kong in 2018 and affected the artist’s home in Yuen Long. Huen once mentioned in an interview that he paints because of love, and for that same reason, he paints his family members.


Compared to Huen’s muted early works, Joel presents a kaleidoscopic scene where there is an evident increase in palette diversity. Combined with the artist’s loose feathery brushstrokes, the majestic work is reminiscent of shattered church glass windows exuding dazzling luminosity and transparency. Spatial logic is rendered irrelevant in this work. Instead, the viewers are invited to caress the fragmented details with their gaze, occasionally picking out the banalities often unnoticed in our daily routines.




《喬爾》曾於2019年安全口畫廊為藝術家舉辦的個展「禤善勤: 《高樹,和那些被我遺忘的事物》」中展出。此畫作源自禤善勤一系列橫向繪畫,每幅都被高聳密集的植物佔據了整個構圖,而在樹裡葉間穿梭的則是藝術家筆下常見的日常周遭人與物,當中包括一些家具、他的愛犬以及在本作中面向觀眾的幼子Joel。禤善勤的兒子坐在一個被翻山倒海後院裡,略顯凌亂的環境捕捉了2018年颱風山竹吹襲香港時對藝術家在元朗的家的影響。禤善勤曾在訪問中提及,他繪畫是因為愛,而也正因為此原因,他繪畫他的家人。