Alfonso Wong Kar-hei captured the many facets of Hong Kong life through The Old Master Q series, which first appeared in newspaper columns in 1962 and accompanied countless Hongkongers throughout their formative years.
Using his oldest son’s name as a nom de plume, the comic artist touched on subjects ranging from current affairs (poverty, theft, suicide, the mafia and cross-dressing) to the surreal (encounters with aliens, ghost sightings and the afterlife). He poked fun at art and fashion, rock music and cultural differences between East and West.
Now the Hong Kong Arts Centre is collaborating with Comix Home Base to give the public another chance to view Wong’s work in “Indulging in Imagination – Exhibition of Old Master Q’s Comics Works”, part of the Tribute to Masters series.
Wong retired in the mid-1990s but was succeeded by his eldest son, Joseph Wong Chak.
“This exhibition invites audiences into the imaginative world of Old Master Q, and explore its timeless charm regardless of generations, genders, geographical or cultural differences,” says Connie Lam Suk-yee, executive director of the Hong Kong Arts Centre.
“More than being a retrospective of Alfonso Wong, the exhibition celebrates the everlasting local humour that is carried across generations as well as providing an alternative documentation of Hong Kong in the 50s and 60s,” she says.
The comic strips will be presented in 2D and 3D format as well as interactive media installations.
The exhibition will run until January 4 at Comix Home Base, 7 Mallory Street, Wan Chai, tel: 2582 0235; www.comixhomebase.com.hk.