Four painters have used artistic licence in an oil painting of political and business leaders at the handover to move the Convention and Exhibition Centre from Wan Chai to Kowloon. The two-by-four-metre canvas features 108 guests in the new wing of the centre in Wan Chai against a background of floor-to-ceiling glass overlooking Central's skyline - when it should have been Tsim Sha Tsui. The artists said the distortion could not be avoided as Central's skyline was the symbol of Hong Kong. 'It's a compromise between realism and romanticism. The message of the return of Hong Kong to the motherland has to be made clear,' said Li Chik-keung, one of the four mainland-born Hong Kong artists. The guests in the painting, modelled on pictures from magazines and newspapers, represent the Who's Who of Hong Kong and Chinese politics and business. Seated at the centre of the painting are Chinese President Jiang Zemin, Foreign Minister Qian Qichen, Chief Executive-designate Tung Chee-hwa, Chief Secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang, tycoon Li Ka-shing and Secretary of Justice-designate Elsie Leung Oi-sie. The four artists, including Vicky Ko Fan, Yeung Hing-lung and Hui Chiu-ki, are negotiating with the Association for the Celebration of Reunification of Hong Kong with China to display the painting at the centre on the night of the handover.