Raymond Fung Wing Kee is a renowned artist and architect in Hong Kong whose works are included in significant collections such as the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, The National Art Museum of China, Shanghai Art Museum (China Art Museum) and Hong Kong Museum of Art. Despite being extremely well-regarded in Asia, his works have not previously been extensively exhibited in the west. This exhibition presents the unique opportunity for new audiences to experience Fung’s original combination of traditional Chinese ink painting with western abstract expressionism influences.
A new and largely unseen series, ‘Breathing’ gives voice to Fung’s environmental concerns. It is a complex and abstract work that actualises the notion of breathing both in process and ideology. It is created through use of cling-film to wrap the ink painted surface, allowing the ink to meditate and breath under the surface. Fung is troubled by the worsening ecological climate and the impact of the Anthropocene on the beautiful landscapes of Hong Kong and further afield. He has a close personal relationship with nature and his environs, something channeled in his sparse style of architecture. His work seeks to allow the viewer space to contemplate environmental degradation and the beauty of the natural world which requires protection.