Hong Kong artist Fung Kin Fan has taken some of the Hong Kong anti-government protest movement’s iconic scenes and turned them into watercolour artworks.
Each piece is an impression of a famous photograph or moment from the city’s summer of dissent, as demonstrations enter their 14th week.
“I’m just an ordinary citizen who works at construction sites by day and [I’m] a watercolour enthusiast by night,” Fung told HKFP.
“I’m inspired by the famous Japanese manga artist Takehiko Inoue, best known for his work ‘Slam Dunk.’ He drew a series of portraits named ‘Smile’ to cheer up Japanese citizens after the terrible earthquake in 2011. My recent works hope to encourage our fellow Hong Kongers despite the challenges we are facing…” he added.
Fung said each piece takes around 45-90 minutes, and each is created by hand on professional watercolour paper.
When asked if he was also a protester, he said: “I rather see myself as an active observer of society who is trying to exert my limited power to support the movement.”
“Given the on-going negligence from our government in the past couple months – regardless of the 2 million people protest in June – my paintings aim to convey the message of rooting for [the] Hong Kong people… Unlike Mr Inoue, I cannot find a single ‘smile’ amongst our fellow Hongkongers after the numerous unjust incidents we witnessed,” Fung said.
The artist said he was first motivated by the “silver-haired march” on July 17, when elderly people expressed solidarity with the movement.
Fung said: “These protesters have repeatedly shown to the world the power of facing hostile moments with immense courage and fortitude. I find the nature of water best represents these two qualities: of power and strength; gentle but formless. There is nothing better to illustrate them than watercolour – and at the same time, echoing the movement’s slogan – Be Water. I hope my works can bring positive energy to you all amidst these difficult times – Hong Kongers, Add Oil.”
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