Albergue SCM and ALBcreativeLAB and Arts Empowering Lab are presenting the exhibition Profound – Works by David Sheekwan, till July, 2021 at the art space At Light. The exhibition is separated into two parts. The first one is held in the gallery At Light, and the second part takes place in Albergue SCM. It features around 25 oil and ink paintings that David Sheekwan created recently in his home in Zhongshan.
The paintings in the exhibition feature Sheekwan’s minimalist and monochromatic style in subdued colors. A series of paintings incorporate twigs, branches, and pieces of wood and sand to give them different textures and highlight the different shades of colors and light. By placing these simple materials on a flat background, the artist turns something ordinary into something extraordinary with this collage of everyday objects. Picasso and Braque invented modern collage by incorporating real objects into their paintings. David Sheekwan had been curious about the cosmos since he was a child and this is a recurrent theme in his artistic creations. The cosmos is so dark and mysterious and he wants to explore it, to see how humans exist in the gigantic cosmos. His abstract ink and wash paintings show his unique observation of colors, lines, and proportions. His painting style is simple but mysterious–his paintings always leave a space to make people think.
He is based in the 4,400 square meters Cuiheng creation base for art and culture. Sheekwan trained in ceramics and paintings on a three-year scholarship at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1955, then went to Paris where he opened his own design studio. He enjoyed great success in styling and designing fabrics and fashions for various fabric houses, including New York’s Concord Fabrics. In 1972, Sheekwan returned to his native Hong Kong to start his own fashion kingdom, David & David. He designed the costumes of the stage play “A Story of White Serpent” which starred and was directed by Rebecca Pan Dihua. He also designed the costumes for the stage productions of “Warrior Lan Ling” by Willy Tsao and “Testimony” by Helen Lai Hoi Ling. In 1981, he invested in the movie “Love Massacre” directed by Patrick Tam Kar-Ming and starring Brigitte Lin Ching-Hsia.
In the 1980s, he embarked on a new venture to be an artist and entered the Parson’s School of Design, and attended photography classes at the University of California in Los Angeles. He published his first photography book, “Photographs by David Sheekwan” in 1999. In 2013, he held a painting and photography exhibition at the Cuiheng Art Museum, exhibiting 38 recent oil paintings and photography. In 2019, 1-Art Gallery in Shanghai held an exhibition of Sheekwan’s oil and ink paintings.
When: May 15–June 26, 2021
How much: Free admission
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