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Works by artist Ha Bik-chuen go on display

An exhibition of mixed media works by local artist Ha Bik-chuen will run from tomorrow (May 1) to May 16 at the Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong City Hall Low Block.

"Works by Ha Bik-chuen" features more than 100 representative works. They include sculptures, prints, photographic works and ink paintings, giving a retrospection of Ha's 40 years in art creation. A selection of his works is also on display at Exit J, Jackson Lobby, MTR Central Station until May 16.

Ha was born in 1925 and came to Hong Kong in 1957. He started the creation of print in 1964, sculptures in the 1970s and ink painting in recent years.

Holding the value of "making art out of old stuff", he makes daily life a spring of artistic inspiration. He creates art out of raw materials he finds everywhere. Amid many wonderful examples, he gave new meanings to a pair of old shoes from his son and a crushed tin to communicate his feelings towards city life.

Calling himself "an adventurer", Ha denotes his unfailing attempts in artistic pursuit. As a self-educated artist, he never confines himself to a particular medium of art expression. Having created sculptures and prints for years, Ha is now devoted to discovering a new direction of contemporary ink painting.

During the past two years of preparation for the current exhibition, Ha has come up with different approaches to his creation. His kites series with thematic element of ink painting and the calligraphic series which combine Chinese calligraphy and painting techniques are examples.

The exhibition, ninth of the Artists in the Neighbourhood Scheme, is organised by the Art Promotion Office (APO) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. The scheme is also a partnership project with the Mass Transit Railway Corporation, aiming to promote local visual arts to the public.

Free guided tours will be offered to the public and school groups. For information, contact the Community Art Team of the APO on 3101 2712 or 3101 2713. To learn more about the artist and his work, visit the website, .

Hong Kong City Hall is located at 5-7, Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong. It is open daily from 10am to 8pm.

Ends/Friday, April 30, 2004
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