Art failure

The opening night of Art HK 12 witnessed an incredible turnout. It was hard to tell whether people came to appreciate or to acquire, but it's perhaps telling that an official T-shirt bore the statement 'Money creates taste'.

Sunday, 3 June, 2012, 12:00am

Drawing life lessons from graffiti

Graffiti is an art form that can help ex-offenders turn their lives around, participants at an art workshop learned yesterday.

About 20 teenagers and young adults received professional training in the art during the Sha Tin event, taught by two established graffiti artists from France.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

Benoit 'Revert' Ollive, urban artist

What I'm listening to: mostly the Geographers (Kites in particular), Julian Casablancas and Neon Indian. They bring a summer feel to my days and I enjoy listening to them while I'm painting or drawing.

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

I love it when new kids come to the office to ask questions. I am very proud to pass on what graffiti is

Ken, importer of spray paint and graffiti teacher

China was overheating, so some of the slowdown you've seen in China ... is understandable. Approaching 2012, they might have some additional space to expand

18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Tag team king ensures his future is in the can

KDG's first graffiti was a tag hastily written at night on the facade of the New World Renaissance Hotel (now the Renaissance Kowloon) in Tsim Sha Tsui in 1998. Fast forward 13 years and Ken (he wants to keep his full name private) is one of the three owners of Dirty Panda which, behind the tagline 'Keep your hands dirty since 2002', is the main importer of graffiti spray paint in Hong Kong.

18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Swastikas remain despite complaint

Villagers in Shek O have complained that despite informing New World First Bus Services about Nazi graffiti on the wall of the village's bus terminus nearly three weeks ago, nothing is being done about it.

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Artistic impressions

We are no strangers to risk-taking. Just look at our volatile stock market and you'll see what I mean. Yet, when it comes to the arts, this city is uncharacteristically coy.

20 Nov 2011 - 12:00am


Public safety for women is lacking

The idea that new CCTV cameras should be installed and other measures taken to defend women against indecent assaults on trains has stirred up debate in Hong Kong.

I am on the side of those who think that improved surveillance systems can help decrease assaults and other crimes on the MTR.

10 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Bloc Party

FINDING NEW art in New York is like finding sand on the beach. It's a certainty. But understanding how the art affects the viewer is where the sea level rises. One sure to create a stir is Ostalgia at the New Museum.

2 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Writing's on the wall

If you want to change the look of your home a good place to start is the walls.

Unusual treatments are increasingly gaining popularity as a unique way of doing so, turning walls into works of art.

12 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Silk experience proves anything but smooth for graffiti artist Kongo

Naysayers may say that Hermes opted for just another trend-driven collaboration by lining up a graffiti artist to reinterpret its signature silk printed scarf. But according to the artist, it was harder than tackling his usual choice of canvas - a wall.

2 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Not over until it's oeuvre

Swiss-born Monique Burger and her husband, Max, are big spenders when it comes to contemporary art. Joining the ranks of billionaires Roman Abramovich and Francois Pinault, the Hong Kong-based couple are among the world's 200 most active collectors, according to ARTnews magazine.

25 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

On the level

No one can deny that Secretary for Development Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor is a highly capable and responsible person and a respected government official. As an office holder, she is facing up to the sensitive issues of subdivided flats and village houses in the New Territories.

9 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Shotgun Politics

Shotgun Politics June 25, Graffiti

3 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Finding a voice in art

In response to the arrest of renowned Beijing artist and activist Ai Weiwei last month, graffiti of the artist's face have been popping up around Hong Kong.

The identity of the street artists remains unknown, but a visual art teacher at HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity has turned their idea into a class assignment.

30 May 2011 - 12:00am