“Birds of a Feather” Christina Tung Solo Exhibition
Christina Tung, Still, 2021, Mixed Media on Paper, 30cm x 40cm
Christina Tung, being in the field of finance for 29 years, has been into art for most of her life. Since 2010, Christina has been studying ceramics, Chinese ink and calligraphy under the tutelage of Ms. Janet Tso, Master Lam Tian Xing, Master Lam Wu Fui, and Mr. Cheung Sing Kwo. In 2018, she was selected to be one of the fifteen students in Southeast Asia to attend the “Contemporary Ink Artists Summit Program” at Shanghai Institute of Visual Art (SIVA) under the guidance of Master Liu Kuo-sung, Father of Modern Ink Painting, and Shi Mo, first national artist in China.
Christina’s Feather series reflects her aspirations and experience in life. Having read the Tao Te Ching by Chinese philosopher Laozi, Christina has come to realise the value in feathers. Feathers do not strive for greatness, yet they achieve greatness. There is no inherent life-force to speak of in feathers, yet they embody the spirit of birds. It is an eloquent testament to Laozi’s notion of achieving greatness by not claiming greatness. Another belief pushed forward by Laozi is the wisdom in being soft. In his view, being soft does not mean weakness or vulnerability. Rather, it means being malleable and adaptable. Greatness often comes by in softness, as the essence of water does. Water flows downwards in nature while feathers upwards. This contrast is an interesting one and the underlying philosophy is what Christina’s works are really about.
The feathers in Christina’s paintings come together in many forms. Sometimes they fly freely through the sky, as if they are unfettered by mundane restraints and concerns. Other times they are self-driven with perseverance to go beyond time and space towards true freedom. People come and go. It is the natural course of things. If we let it be and let it go, we may finally breathe and feel the joy of just being. This is what Christina hopes viewers will see in her works.
Christina has further developed the Feather series with the use of leather as medium. In 2020, she earned the winning design for international luxury brand Salvatore Ferragamo shoe design, which she then hand-painted on the brand’s iconic Viva ballet flats. After learning techniques of applying paint on leather on her own, she found the durable and smooth nature of leather makes an unexpectedly ideal substrate. When combined with the soft nature of feathers, it exudes a classy and sophisticated appeal. You may get an exclusive chance to take a closer look at this unique pair, hand-painted by Christina, at her solo exhibition in Cheer Bell Gallery.
Being in the finance industry for such a long time gave Christina a few glimpses on the seamy side of life. People spent lifetime in pursuit of wealth, but lost themselves in the process. With art creation, Christina hopes to take a break from reality, create a utopia to call her own, and seek out the transcendentals of truth, goodness and beauty.
Try imagining yourself as a feather while you appreciate Christina’s works. Where will you go? What do you see?
Let the exhibition take you to your own surreal world on a whole new spiritual level.
The opening of “Birds of a Feather” Christina Tung Solo Exhibition will be held at 3:30 pm on 3 April 2021 (Saturday) with artist’s presence. You are cordially invited to visit us. Be sure to plan your visit and make an appointment with us in advance.
Opening: 3:30 pm on 3 April (Saturday)
Exhibition Period: 3 to 28 April 2021 (Open on 5 & 6 April - Public Holiday)
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 11 am - 7 pm
Venue: Cheer Bell Gallery, Unit 1602, Global Trade Square, 21 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Hong Kong
By Appointment Only: (852) 2341 8899