Identity Art Gallery
The paradox that one of Hong Kong’s oldest districts should now also be its most happening is part and parcel of the city’s constant reinvention and renewal. This re-discovery of once-sleepy neighbourhoods, coupled with the dramatic upsurge of interest in art since the 2007 inception of the international art fair ArtHK (from 2013 re-branded as Art Basel), and it’s not surprising to find that Sheung Wan is today home to some of the most exciting small galleries in Asia, along with an ever-expanding mix of fashion, lifestyle, retail and cafe culture.
Gallerist and curator Carol Sun was one of those who saw the potential in the area, opening Identity Art Gallery in June 2010 with a wide remit that encompasses international artists in all styles and mediums, showcasing their work for the first time in Hong Kong.
January 29th sees the start of Timothy Betjeman’s debut solo tenure in the city with his exhibition GlassScapes. New York-born and London-based Betjeman has works found in the private collection of HRH the Prince of Wales, and GlassScapes heralds a mixed media show on glass, wood and canvas, combining precious and found materials with oils to create a vibrant mix of abstraction and reality.