RECENT PAINTINGS IN PROGRESS - WINTER 2018

My recent pieces have been inspired by street photographs taken in the 1950s/1960s in Hong Kong by Fan Ho. Ho’s black-and-white photographs in the Hong Kong Yesterday and the Living Theatre series had particularly inspired me — they were taken a time when Hong Kong was in the midst of social and economic transitions, changing traditional structures and traditional values. That period marks the birth of Hong Kong and put it on the map as a financial and economic powerhouse in Asia. Ho was an expert in the use of light. The composition of his photographs transcend time. They are strangely relatable even in this area.

Silent Gaze / Davina Ling, 2018 - inspired by Fan Ho’s Street Photography of Hong Kong in 1950s/1960s

Silent Gaze / Davina Ling, 2018 - inspired by Fan Ho’s Street Photography of Hong Kong in 1950s/1960s

Dialogue / Davina Ling, 2018 - inspired by Fan Ho’s Street Photography of Hong Kong in 1950s/1960s

Dialogue / Davina Ling, 2018 - inspired by Fan Ho’s Street Photography of Hong Kong in 1950s/1960s

Wong Kar-wai have long been known for his visually unique and highly stylized art films that focus on mood, expressions, gestures, and atmosphere rather than a structured storyline convention. In the Mood for Love (2000) narrates the story of an exiled Shanghainese community in Hong Kong in 1962. The film’s original Chinese title means “the age of Blossoms” or “the flowery period” referencing a Chinese metaphor for the transience and fleetingness of youth and beauty. It has the same name of a song sang by a famous Chinese singer Zhou Xuan from a 1946 film. The following piece is one that I have only started recently and am working on…

27.5 x 19.5 inches, Oil on Canvas (in Progress)

27.5 x 19.5 inches, Oil on Canvas (in Progress)