Pics of the week

PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 September, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 September, 2001, 12:00am

This week the art trend seems to be towards figurative works. Here are two shows with distinctly different characters.

Classical beauty abounds in Yin Xin's show (below) at 10 Chancery Lane Gallery. The subtle, aged finishes and the indifferent expressions of the people Yin paints, be they nuns, concubines or just the girl-next-door, reveal the artist's disdain for modern superficiality. 'Today's face is about image; faces of the past have more to say, they have real beauty,' the artist says.

The China-born, Paris-based painter has previously been shown in New York, Paris and London. One of his most ardent fans is the flamboyant tycoon David Tang.

For a change of pace, check out the subtle work of Xiao Guofu, who calls himself Morgan. His backgrounds may be monochromatic but the trick is his superb control of colour and light. Morgan's subjects have a dream-like quality and appear to be floating above water (above). But the artist reveals something deeper - these are just ordinary people lost in the rapid modernisation of China.

Until September 27. Art Scene China, 7/F, One Lan Kwai Fong, Central. Tel: 2501 0211.

Until October 1. 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Central. Monday to Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday noon-7pm.

Tel: 2810 0065.