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One Country Two Systems becomes Abstract in Hong Kong Painting

Winnie Davies

Hong Kong

Painting, Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 48 W x 48 H x 2 D in

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The concept of “One Country Two System” was created by Deng Xiaoping to allow Hong Kong maintaining its own autonomy after 1997 - the Handover of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty from the British Colonial rule. Since then “One Country Two System” is the phrase used to describe Hong Kong’s relationship with the Mainland. However, the reality of “Two Systems” has become more and more towards “One System” in Hong Kong which is actually controlled by China. The administrative policy in Hong Kong has also been tailor-made for the benefit of Mainland Chinese since 1997. Nowhere is the more pronounced than in the policy of the property market in Hong Kong. The rocket high property market in Hong Kong has been pushed up by the corrupted money from the Mainland Chinese investors. As a result, the local Hong Kong people cannot even afford a place to live. Therefore, within our society we can really see these two systems – the ever increasingly divided between the rich and the poor. This painting is there to graphically reflect this disparity. On the background is the prosperous cityscape with fireworks display for the celebration of economic boom in Hong Kong. In contrary, on the foreground, an empty rice bowl on a mat on the street. We usually call a “rice bowl” to signify as a “job” in Hong Kong. Therefore the empty rice bowl with no rice there symbolises “jobless without income for food”! The striped plastic mat has not only come to symbolize cheap materials that the poor people use in Hong Kong, it is also seen as poor people cannot affordable even a place to live – on a plastic sheet on the street.

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Painting:Acrylic on Canvas

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Size:48 W x 48 H x 2 D in

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Born in Hong Kong. 1996 received BA in Fine Arts from the University of Hong Kong 1997 received MA in Design from Hong Kong Polytechnic University Specialize in sculpture, oil painting, Chinese painting and Chinese calligraphy in my own surrealistic style. Started drawing portraits by self-taught as early as I can remember at the age of 4 before I could even read or write. The first subject I drew was portraits of people. I was so fascinated to draw people, perhaps it is because the subject of "people" was the first thing I saw, being brought up in Hong Kong surrounded by people everywhere. I received my initial art training in traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy, before I went to The University of Hong Kong to study Fine Arts. I have found that my traditional Chinese art studies laid an important foundation for my art development later. Even though when I started oil painting and sculpture later, I could still apply the theories of Chinese art into other western media. For example, the brave decision of Chinese ink painting strokes encourages me to spread oil paints on canvas boldly without hesitation. On the other hand, the preciseness of every stroke I learnt from Chinese calligraphy can be applied to every cut I make the decision in marble sculpture I learnt in Italy later. One may not imagine that how Chinese calligraphy is linked to stone sculpture. In fact, their theories are the very similar. For instance: every stroke you make on calligraphy has to be so forceful and precise on paper, it parallels to every cut I make on marble sculpture. If you make a mistake on your decision, a wrong stroke on paper or a wrong cut on stone, there is no U-turn. Therefore I like to apply the concept of Chinese art theory into my oil paintings and my sculptures. As a result, the creation of my works is a fusion of Chinese and Western concepts.

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