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US artist Roxy unveils 'The Spirit of the Dragon' painting of Hong Kong

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PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 04 February, 2013, 4:41am

Any lingering doubts that Hong Kong is the art capital of Asia were put to rest when American artist, Sharie Hatchett Bohlmann, better known as Roxy, unveiled her newest painting at the Schmidt flagship store in Tsim Sha Tsui's Star House last Thursday.

Roxy and her husband Dan stood proudly next to her latest creation, The Spirit of the Dragon, a fanciful version of the Hong Kong skyline with many of our city's most recognisable landmarks.

The painting is the first in a series of eight pictures depicting Asian mega-cities. Guests were treated to a sneak preview of the Singapore painting and a sketch of what will become a painting of Shanghai.

Why did Roxy choose to unveil her masterpiece among the televisions and other appliances of Schmidt?

As it turns out, Ulrich Buchholtz, the chairman of Schmidt Group of Companies, is a long-time Roxy collector. Plus, as Buchholtz says, the colourful, detailed paintings look great on some of Schmidt's high-definition flat-screen TV.

"It's a marriage of high art and high technology," he said.

Like many of Roxy's works, her latest creation features a hidden friend - a small painter penguin also named Roxy.

In fact, Roxy the writer is planning a line of children's books featuring the adventures of Roxy the Penguin. And the penguin isn't the only character up this budding writer's sleeve.

"Colonel Baltimore Daplume is an eagle that's nearsighted and he got retired from the eagle corps because he couldn't see and he wouldn't wear his glasses," said Roxy.

"I'm thinking it will be … really educational. Trying to get children to do what they should," she said.

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mxpettis
"Any lingering doubts that Hong Kong is the art capital of Asia were put to rest..."
I am afraid that it is really any lingering doubts that Hong Kong thinks of art primarily as an asset class that have been put to rest. An art capital needs artists, not just auction houses, and if you are interested in what young artists and musicians are doing in Asia, Hong Kong is barely a stop along the way. The real art capital of Asia is either Tokyo or Beijing, and I suspect especially in music it is increasingly likely to be Beijing. There you have vibrant art scenes, hundreds of young artists, though-provoking work and even immigration of artists from elsewhere, including Hong Kong. Hong Kong could still become the artistic capital of Asia, but it has a long ways to go and it will get there only when young artists want to live and work there, not because the authorities plan more cultural facilities for dead artists and dead art forms, more auction houses, and more red carpet events with media-star foreign artists.

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