Artists

Keng Ho Fong 方景浩

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Memories of Chinatown: Sketch for a mural for the Chinatown Oral History Project by Keng Ho Fong 方景浩
(Drawing: 180cm x 50cm; Materials: Paper, Colour Pencil, Water Colour)

This sketch was drawn for a mural/backdrop of an event of the London Chinatown Oral History Project. It was drawn based on the interviewees’ stories of the project.
It sums up the collective memory shared by the interviewees, like the rice farmers who came to the UK from Hong Kong in the 1950′s to 1960′s, the Chinese New Year activities and the buildings in Chinatown. Some interviewees’ portraits were on the drawing as well.

Biography:
Kengho Fong was born in Hong Kong and has lived in the UK since 1980s. She read English at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and film and TV studies at Hornsey College of Art (now Middlesex University). She attended a water colour course at West Hert College in the 1990s and later joined a tutored community group run by Herts Mind Network for 6 years. She also studied art history with the group and at Birkbeck College. Using oil, acrylic, ink and mixed media, she developed her own style of expressive and abstract works connected with her heritage and the unconscious. Her works had been exhibited at Radlett Art Centre and Old Town Hall Hemel Hempstead.

Asaki Kan

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Beyond by Asaki Kan
(6cm x 105cm x 6cm)

My work represents a reflection of those who gave comments in the Chinatown. As I read the comments, I sensed that they are very proud of what they have achieved, and wanted the younger generation to be lively and motivated. And indeed their hopes are full of potential. I want to show this continuous and endless massive energy of Chinese people in my work. Each piece on the mirror is tiny, but as they assemble together, it becomes huge. I wanted to create one of the sequences the Chinese community is heading for.

Education
2004~07 Research Associates in City & Guilds of London Art School
2004 MFA:Sculpture in The Slade School of Fine Art
2002 BA (Hons) Fine Art: Sculpture in Wimbledon School of Art

Other Qualifications
Glass, and Welding&Fabrication

Exhibitions
04/2012 2D Works, The Wise Owl Venue, London
10/2011 ART NW10, ACME Harrow Road Studios, London
12/2010 ACME Open Studios, Harrow Road, London
9/2010 Creekside Open Studio (Deptford X), Deptford, London
8/2010 1st Land Art Biennial Mongolia 360˚, Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery, Mongolia
7/2010 New Designers (Glass), Business Centre
5/2010 Moment(s), Westminster Reference Library, London
2/2010 Field Recordings, FIVE YEARS, London

Man Fai Ma 馬文輝

Through the Archway
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Wow Two Lions by Man Fai Ma 馬文輝

This picture was to emphasis the two lions getting ready to perform the traditional custom dance during every celebration and the spectators and the Chinese communities are mesmerised.

Through the Archway to Happy London Chinatown by Man Fai Ma 馬文輝

This iconic Arch has been recognised as the ethnic characteristic of London Chinatown. This picture captured the celebration of the Chinese New Year of the snake. Thousands of visitors are attracted by the mystery of the dragon dance and lucky red lantern. London Chinatown was started by the first generation migrants who have rejuvenated and regenerated the area with the help from Westminster Council. It is now officially recognised that the Chinese community has an important history in the Capital London.

Biography:
My name is Man Fai Ma. I was born here in London. Encouraged by my art teacher I continue drawings in oil painting and soft pastel, colours, pencil, markers or purely with pen. I am also interested in photography. I would always carry a camera taking pictures of major events; submit them to magazines and to enter competition. My photography has been published in magazines since 1989. I like to use photoshop to enhance the images and to emphasis my perception and interpretation of the world. I make mistakes at times but I keep learning to improve my work.

Ian Vines

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The China Dream by Ian Vines

Much of my recent work has explored aspects of visual perception, often combining actual objects and images. This includes a series of photographic works based on images of a beach in Hong Kong. These ideas have been developed in this new work which features text, reflections and distortions. The title of the book, The China Dream, seems to promise a better life, an aspiration which will resonate with people in China and many of those who have settled in London’s Chinatown over the years. The other publication, Chinese Migrants, explores the realities of life in the UK.

Biography:
Ian Vines originally studied Fine Art at Liverpool School of Art and in recent years has exhibited his work in a number of group exhibitions in the Midlands and the North West. Ian is also the Programming and Exhibitions Officer at Stoke-on-Trent Museums, where his fine art background has informed his curatorial approach in devising and organising a wide range of thematic shows. He also regularly visits exhibitions, both in this country and abroad.

Mei Yuk Wong 黃美玉

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For the Future by Mei Yuk Wong 黃美玉
(Object: 21cm x 26cm x 26cm; Materials: Copper wire, Bamboo)

London’s Chinatown has always been an important landmark for the overseas Chinese community. When I was an art student, I used to go there for monthly treats like steamed dim sum. This piece of artwork, and indeed the title is inspired by the interviewees. Though they may have different life stories, they all have a valuable message, especially for the younger generation. The steamers are a reference to Chinatown itself, while the circular nature of the texts suggests continually evolving narratives – For the Future.

Biography:
I was born in Hong Kong and now live in Manchester. In 1998, I came to London and studied for a foundation course in art and design at Wimbledon School of Art. Then, I went on to study for a master’s degree at London Guilhall University. My work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2002, Walking in the Clouds was published. From 2006 to 2007, I worked at the Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester as the Participation Programme Manager. Currently, I manage In Translation – Women, Migration and Britishness, a partnership with Manchester Art Gallery and the Chinese community.