Chop Suey 2008-2022
A retrospective of Shieh’s works from 2008 to 2022, the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery includes a multitude of mediums and imagery from Hong Kong pop culture to convey the theme of ‘chop suey’ – an American-Chinese dish with a variety of ingredients and cultural influences. The diversity of ingredients in this dish manifests this exhibition’s central theme – a visual testimony of all the phases and salient moments of Shieh’s artistic evolution, starting from when he first started practising gongbi in 1992. Ranging from pencil drawings, digital print collages, oil and acrylic on canvas, the exhibition illustrates contemporary scenes in the artist’s signature style, allowing viewers to witness Hong Kong’s cultural background morph over time through the artist’s practice.
The artist’s unparalleled artisanal skills and ability to modernise the quintessence of traditional Chinese art make him one of the most prominent and respected artists in Hong Kong. Bringing together works from the past fourteen years, the exhibition provides an overview of his evolution as an artist while he expands his practice by working with different mediums, at the same time integrating Hong Kong’s local pop culture. It is a unique chance for viewers to investigate Hong Kong’s cultural background to learn what goes into the making of today’s Hong Kong identity – perfect for those who love art in a variety of visual forms, but specifically to those who love and live in Hong Kong, and interact with Hong Kong pop culture.