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Travels With My Wife: Painting Hong Kong from the Water and Air

23 March - 10 April

23 March – 10 April 2021

hours:
Tuesday – Friday 11am to 5pm,
Saturday 11am to 3pm
Good Friday CLOSED
Easter Saturday 11am to 3pm
admission: Free

…overwhelmingly industrial…somehow nevertheless romantic…

Airport 5 (F), 2020, acrylic on canvas, 10 x 24 cm, $556

Airport 4, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 12.5 x 28 cm, $470

Airport 3, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 12 x 26.5 cm, $470

Airport 2, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 10 x 28 cm, $470

Airport 1 (F), 2019, acrylic on canvas, 10 x 28 cm, $668

Wind turbine, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 10 x 22.6 cm, $380

Tug Boat, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 9 x 28.5 cm, $470

Airport 6 (F), 2020, acrylic on canvas, 17.5 x 17 cm, $646

New Territories From Victoria Harbour I (F), 2020, acrylic on canvas, 13 x 28 cm, SOLD

New Territories From Victoria Harbour II (F), 2020, acrylic on canvas, 7 x 17.5 cm, SOLD

Ships in a mist (F), 2019, acrylic on canvas, 9 x 19 cm, SOLD

Ships off Lamma Island I (F), 2020, acrylic on canvas, 10 x 28 cm, $679

Ships off Lamma Island II (F), 2020, acrylic on canvas, 7.5 x 26 cm, $468

Ships off Lamma Island Power Station, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 9 x 27 cm, $380

Ships off Stonecutters Bridge, Hong Kong, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 10 x 27 cm, SOLD

Many Moorings in Hong Kong Harbour, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 10.7 x 25 cm, $470

Lantau, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 84 x 56 cm, $2,400

HZM (Hong Kong - Macau) Bridge, 2020, acrylic on gesso board, 25 x 25 cm, $620

Hong Kong - Macau Bridge 2 (F), 2020, acrylic on canvas, 16 x 21 cm, $635

Haze (F), 2019, acrylic on canvas, 7 x 18 cm, $499

Ferry crossing, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 9.5 x 28 cm, $470

Ferries departing Central (F), 2020, acrylic on canvas, 16 x 29 cm, $638

Dredge, Hong Kong Harbour (F), 2020, acrylic on canvas, 8 x 25 cm, $468

Airport Grand Vista, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 68 x 132 cm, $3,800

Blue Vista 2, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 16 x 28 cm, $550

Blue Vista 1 (F), 2020, acrylic on canvas, 10 x 26.5 cm, $635

Boats on Hong Kong Harbour (F), 2020, acrylic on canvas, 8 x 20.4 cm, $488

Bridge, Hong Kong Harbour (F), 2018, acrylic on canvas, 7 x 17.5 cm, SOLD (note, different frame)

Cargo Ship HMM, Hong Kong Harbour (F), 2018, acrylic on canvas, 7 x 20 cm, $510

Cargo Ship, Hong Kong Harbour (F), 2020, acrylic on canvas, 15 x 28.5 cm, SOLD

Docks at Lamma Island power station (F), 2020, acrylic on canvas, 12 x 28 cm, $657

Travels With My Wife is a new series of small paintings by James Yuncken, exploring bustling harbour and airport scenes in Hong Kong.

My wife travels to Hong Kong about six times a year for work. I go sometimes to keep her company. 

I didn’t expect a mega-city, an international finance hub to be fertile territory to paint. But first the airport – an artificial island in the South China Sea which sets a multitude of airliners against clouded mountains rising above chilling rows of apartment towers in one direction, or a host of dredges and ships in the other – and then the harbour where ships of all shapes, sizes and ages, overwhelmingly industrial, grubby, somehow nevertheless romantic, inhabit a haze, tropical and industrial where everything is just a bit unclear. I had to paint all that! 

James Yuncken is a Melbourne based artist, working from a studio on Smith Street in Fitzroy.

James has exhibited frequently in Melbourne and Canberra since 1989.

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2018                Improvisations, St Vincent’s Residency: Drawings from Caritas Christi, St Vincent’s Gallery, Fitzroy

2017                Represented 45 at 45, fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne

2015                The Drawing Room, Prints, Drawings and Bas Relief, fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne

2014                Places Nearby, More Inner Melbourne fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne

2012                Walking to Work, Melbourne, Inner East fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne

2011                Vox Pix, Voices and Images Together Centre for Theology and Ministry, Parkville

2010                Travelling North, Journey to Cape York fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne

2008                Abstraction and Space, fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne

2005                Formal Considerations, 257 Church St, Richmond and On-line

2003                Sense of Place, SPAN Galleries, Melbourne

2001                Presence/Absence, SPAN Galleries, Melbourne

2000                Represented 8 x 8, Roar Studios, Fitzroy

1999                Represented 8 x 8, Roar Studios, Fitzroy

1998                Represented 3rd Annual Summer Show, Galerie helengory, Richmond

1997                First Steps, Galerie helengory, Richmond

1996                Represented A Four Art 19 ninety-six, Westspace

1995                Studio Landscape Exhibition, Smith Street Studio, Fitzroy

1993                Represented Swan Hill Print and Drawing Show

1992                Represented Studio One’s ’92 Pressing Annual Show, Spiral Arm Gallery, Canberra

1990                Represented Sun, Smoke and Steel, Studio One touring exhibition Canberra, Sydney, Newcastle

1989                Images in Different Genres, Dorette’s Bistro, Canberra

Travels with My Wife

My wife likes to travel. Travel is her great escape, from the daily grind of earning a living, to a world of places, experiences and romantic atmospheres that bring joy to her soul.

In 2018 Sophie’s journey to Hong Kong was different and she needed some support. This time it was travelling to work. Finding an everyday life in a foreign environment where you have no established friends or local connections is not the romance of travel. It’s a little daunting. I found myself – for first of many times – on a plane to Hong Kong.

Hong Kong – China: One Country, Two Systems: The Asian Century. An Asian mega-city, an international finance hub sporting an array of architectural show pieces promoting various brand-egos.

But what made an impression on me and what led me to paint was –

The airport: An artificial island in the South China Sea has spectacular views of cloud covered Lantau Mountain and its form signals China. The mountain is guarded by rows of apartment towers lined up like soldiers. Imagining a life there sends a shudder down my spine. Look in the opposite direction, beyond planes, runways, hangers, terminals and you’ll see the sea and ubiquitous clouds, haze, ships and busy swarms of dredges.

The harbour: The water, where ships come and go as they have, ever since and even before the British freebooters, thugs and drug runners stole it at gunpoint. Those same ships I saw from the airport, all shapes, sizes and ages, but mainly the grimy, ships of work and commerce, old, new, big and little.

What I found was, I guess, what was ever there: the gateway to southern China, to trade and riches.

A haze sits over it all: the tropical haze, the industrial haze. Everything is just that little unclear …

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Start:
23 March
End:
10 April
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fortyfivedownstairs
Phone:
03 9662 9966
Email:
info@fortyfivedownstairs.com

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Artist
James Yuncken

Venue

fortyfivedownstairs gallery
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Phone:
03 9662 9966
Website:
http://www.fortyfivedownstairs.com/
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