About the artist – KEUNG Wai-kai
KEUNG loved to draw since childhood and learnt drawing and calligraphy on his own. In high school he studied drawing at a private art studio. Having muscular dystrophy and presently at the Rehabilitation Complex, he often volunteers as the illustrator for the publications of the center and the designer for various souvenirs. Besides, he participates in many different art activities at the Rehabilitation Complex. Keung is particularly keen on portrait and landscape drawings. A few years back, he initiated the inception of a more formal gathering of artists, in order to facilitate their communication and collaboration. His efforts eventually brought about the establishment of the Inclusive Art Hub. It is Keung’s aspiration to serve the community through his artistic capacity.
Artist Statement for the exhibition
The paintings express how I feel about human nature, especially people's character and their appearances. For example, a friend's cheerful and optimistic nature, or my spending harmonious time with a certain friend who has unusual physical features, has sparked off my passion to paint them with deep admiration and respect.
Human beings often strive to seek the answers to the questions about life, giving rise to many schools of thinking and philosophical articles, such as "I think, therefore I am." My paintings often stem from a thought, an idea about the human condition and, therefore, I have explored the themes about "hope", "patience" and "meditation", etc. I also emphasize the artistic aspects, such as how to enhance the characteristic and aura of the portrait, and how to use colorto create greater aesthetic results.
I love to do portraits, especially portraits of my friends in the Centre, with whom I share my everyday life. They all have distinctive appearances and have similar life experiences as I. Having muscular dystrophy, I face similar health issues and difficulties. My paintings serve as a release of my related thoughts, feelings and concerns.