As debate rages at home, work by the 'King of Kowloon' finds admirers abroad

The street calligraphy of the late 'King of Kowloon' Tsang Tsou-choi might mean little to the government, but international art organisations are keen to exhibit works overseas.

Thursday, 16 April, 2009, 12:00am

The 'King of Kowloon' deserves better than this

People may disagree about the artistic merit of the graffiti of the late Tsang Tsou-choi, better known as the 'King of Kowloon'. Whether it is the work of an unbalanced mind or an inspired artist, there is no dispute that his unique brand of Chinese calligraphy has achieved iconic status in Hong Kong and even overseas.

3 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Little but photos to keep King of Kowloon's graffiti

The government has been taking photographs of the late 'King of Kowloon' Tsang Tsou-choi's calligraphy rather than taking steps to physically preserve them, the Home Affairs Bureau said yesterday.

It said the measures taken to protect his works at Tsim Sha Tsui's Star Ferry Pier were not applicable to those at other sites.

2 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Decay of King of Kowloon's art draws ire

New calls have emerged for the protection of street calligraphy created by the late 'King of Kowloon', Tsang Tsou-choi, after his remaining works were found to have been damaged despite the government's pledge to preserve them.

An artist and friend of Tsang's plans to stage a protest on Saturday, while a lawmaker will take the issue to the Legislative Council today.

1 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Making history

If you missed the Stephen Sprouse/Louis Vuitton collaboration the first time around, now's your chance to get your hands on more items that will, no doubt, make it into the fashion hall of fame. Marc Jacobs made headlines when he took Louis Vuitton's classic monogram and defaced it with Sprouse's signature graffiti in 2001.

15 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

All the city's a canvas as taggers have their spray

Illegal graffiti appears to be on the rise, despite crackdowns

Judging by some of the facades of our beautiful city, spray-painted graffiti is on the rise.

While the police do not keep numbers on graffiti incidents, the Sunday Morning Post has spotted many prohibited markings - or 'tags' in the lingua franca of graffiti - throughout Hong Kong Island.

1 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Graffiti blurs line between art and vandalism

Anecdotal evidence seems to indicate graffiti is on the rise in our city. People are generally in two minds about it. Certainly, young people should be encouraged to express themselves. Graffiti, by being spontaneous and a little subversive, is all the more interesting and appealing to young people. But is it art or vandalism?

1 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Artists are making an impression

The emergence of more galleries in HK has helped build a thriving business

18 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Taking art and words to the streets

It may be illegal in Hong Kong, but that does not mean you cannot publicly express your emotions with art on a wall - you just need to go to one of several venues that actually encourage graffiti.

3 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Graffiti artists spray it around in battle to be lord of the walls

Whoever said art couldn't be a competitive sport wasn't at Sai Wan Ho's Hang Out youth centre last Saturday. In its indoor gymnasium, five teams of youth in hip hop gear, armed with spray paint and ink markers, engaged in fierce battle - graffiti style.

19 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Full Circle

MOCA China Until August 6

Eric Haze's artistic career has come full circle. The 46-year-old painter started out as a gallery artist before becoming a pioneer graffiti rebel in the 1980s, and then launching his own street-wear label the following decade.

Now with his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong, he is ready to return to his artistic roots.

24 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Love Art

Originals and prints by British graffiti artist Banksy (including Jack and Jill, left) are displayed alongside pop art by Robert Indiana, Damien Hirst, Keith Haring, Romero Britto and Mel Ramos. Today, 10am-8pm, tomorrow, 10am-4pm, Pao Galleries, 4/F HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai; from Wed: Mon-Sat, 10.30am-6.30pm, Schoeni Art Gallery, 21-31 Old Bailey St, Central.

27 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Sheep show has all the hallmarks of a Banksy hit-and-run job

The hip and cool converged at the Arts Centre on Wednesday for the opening of the Love Art exhibition, which prominently features works by British graffiti phenomenon Banksy.

25 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

A bureaucratic brick wall stifles popular culture

Civil servants are paid to enforce rules, but they should exercise judgment and discretion when the occasion demands it. A case in point is the fate of a large, brightly coloured mural painted by local artist Ray Yip on a public slope in Shek O.

6 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Wing and a prayer

Ye Yongqing says he doesn't think of himself as a professional artist. 'Art is not a profession,' says the Kunming-born, Beijing-based painter. When art becomes settled and fixed, he says, it stops being art.

30 Mar 2008 - 12:00am