It's all black and white for this artist as she bears all for Central shoppers

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 24 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 24 January, 2013, 4:24am

Artist Cheng Ka-yan has loved pandas since she was a youngster. They have been the main inspiration for her work since she took her fine arts degree at Chinese University.

Cheng continues to explore ways to draw her favourite animal, but is happy with her own spin on Chinese and Western painting techniques.

"I infuse skills I learnt from both East and West ... I make use of techniques including pointillism from Western Impressionism and the Chinese emphasis of leaving blank spaces in an ink painting to create abstract pictures of pandas," she said.

Cheng's paintings are minimalistic, with strokes and dots. They are fun to look at because they create an optical illusion.

The artist will be hosting a demonstration at Central's IFC Mall at 2.30pm tomorrow.

She will create a panda painting inspired by the mall's festive installation, "Giant Panda Garden of Prosperity", in the oval atrium. To celebrate the Year of the Snake, her drawing will feature the numbers 2013 in the form of the reptile.

She will also host two one-hour workshops at 10am on January 27 and February 3 so that "the public, especially children, can learn more about Chinese ink painting as well as pandas", Cheng said.