A storm is ebru-ing
A psychedelic spectrum of colours envelops viewers at the Hong Kong Arts Centre's Pao Galleries, where the latest paintings by Danilo Giannoni adorn the walls. This is Giannoni's second Hong Kong solo exhibition, titled "State of Matter".
Giannoni paints on water, using an ancient Turkish technique called ebru. Ink or paint is applied to the surface of a vat of specially treated water. The floating colours are then manipulated by either stirring them with needles or by blowing on them to achieve the swirls and circles. Giannoni takes this style one step further by adding silhouettes and figures.
"Painting on the water is a liberating process as it allows for fluidity of the colours and lines. There are no rules or boundaries and it allows me to free up my mind," he says. "I invite you to dream with me on the water, get lost in the colours, lines and swirls of my artwork and find your own interpretation of the pieces."
Art lovers at the show's launch included Daphne King Yao, Kevin and Reina Chau, Andrew Cohen, Marc Cansier, Luisa Menarin, Roger Chan and Veronica Pepe, Olivia Lo, as well as Jane Ho and Ana Rivera.
The exhibition runs until Monday.
Putting the Zing in beauty
Japanese cosmetics giant Shu Uemura is holding a photo exhibition in Pacific Place to celebrate its 30th anniversary.
The "Zing for Shu Uemura 30th Anniversary Pop-Up Gallery", in the atrium, showcases eight new looks created by legendary make-up artist Zing, along with a number of Shu Uemura classics.
A cocktail party was held last Monday night to kick off the event. Guests included Janet Ma and her daughter Kayla Wong, Eunis Chan, Mikko Yao, Jocelyn Luko and husband Anthony Sandstrom, Jessica Cambensy, Chrissie Chau, Jacqueline Chong, Yvette Yuen, Natalie Chan, Charlotte Chen and Miss Hong Kong 2011 Giselle Lam.
The exhibition closes today.