Art Basel 2016

Graffiti artist M. Chat completes giant mural of grinning yellow cat on side of Hong Kong hotel

French-Swiss artist scaled Hotel Jen on Queen’s Road West for striking creation

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 March, 2016, 5:51pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 March, 2016, 5:50pm

A graffiti artist has unveiled his huge mural of a grinning yellow cat on the side of a Hong Kong hotel after nine days of hard graft.

M. Chat – real name Thoma Vuille – said he hopes to bring “humour and humanity” to the city with his 13 x 13 metre painting.

Graffiti artist M. Chat scales wall of Hong Kong hotel as he paints signature smiling cat

The 38-year-old French-Swiss artist scaled Hotel Jen on Queen’s Road West for the striking creation, thought to be one of the largest murals in Hong Kong.

Commenting on the completed work, he told the South China Morning Post: “I am so happy that I have achieved what I have planned to do at the exterior wall of Hotel Jen.

“The result and feedback I have already received gives me confidence that I was able to bring positive energy and humour into the city.”

Vuille, who began his project last Saturday, produced the painting as part of Art Supermarket’s Talking Animals exhibition, in association with the Art Basel festival.

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He said: “I hope the big smile of my cat will conjure a smile on everyone’s face in Hong Kong. I invite everyone to meet my yellow cat at Hotel Jen and be inspired by her.”