SUCH, AS IT IS - New Gallery on Old Bailey Hong Kong
張天行個人畫展 - 香港奧畫廊

19.06.2015 – 04.07.2015
Artists: David Cow
Orangizer: Breathe Life Arts & Culture

New Gallery on Old Bailey presents a solo exhibition by David Cow, featuring paintings from childhood to the present. Exhibition will be held from June 19 – July 4. You are cordially invited to the cocktail opening reception on June 19 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm. An accompanying catalogue will be published at the opening reception.

Cow is a renowned moving image director in Hong Kong. His success in the digital image does not hold him back from creating art with the traditional approach – painting. Cow’s recent body of works show the culmination of his endeavor to bring forth the style of painting found in Cubist and Surrealist works, whilst exploring ways to juxtapose historic painterly language with urban context that holds relevance to the contemporary culture. Some works incorporate historical archetypes into an organic morphology. The artist’s rendition of “The Last Supper” for instance, the subject matter is of an old master Leonardo da Vinci, which evinces the artist’s fascination for Renaissance art. A style of Cubist influences in the overall abstraction of the expressive paintings, as well as contemporary influences in the heavy black stylized outlines and the use of bright, intense colors.

Cow has also incorporated Buddhist philosophy into his paintings. The artist has an obsession in the concept of emptiness. In brief, emptiness is the intrinsic nature to form such ultimate and infinite possibilities. Visual interpretation is an illusionary indication on conventional perceptions with such artistic seeds of painterly sowing. This philosophical ideology reflects the characteristic of Cubism that forms are deformed to form new means. Forms take empty space and also guide audience’s eyesight to flow through seeing experience when viewers relate their re-interpretation of all historical and cultural art form to artist’s representation.

Born in Hong Kong, David Cow is a talented moving image director in the field of advertising and music video industries. Cow majored in Graphic Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and began his career in advertising field since 1998. He worked for various 4As advertising agencies. In 2006, David left the field, and took a step forward to study film at the New York Film Academy. Cow’s creative directing works have earned him international renowned clients, including many worldwide brands. He utilized media-free concepts and creativity ultimately achieved numerous international awards.

In addition to the commercial works, Cow continues to pursuit his art through paintings, drawings, and mixed media; and his artworks are showcased in many art exhibitions regularly since 2000. Cow’s works retained a high level of originality and creativity.

參展藝術家: 張天行
主辦單位:生息藝術與文化

奧畫廊特別呈現,香港知名廣告導演張天行的個人畫展《Such, as it is》將於2015年6月19日至7月4日假 奧畫廊展出,Cow希望藉由其早期及近期的作品,與觀者探討蘊含在藝術中的虛與實。藝術家畫冊將於當天同時發佈。我們誠邀您參加6月19日晚上7時的開幕酒會,並與畫家見面。

作為香港知名廣告導演,在光怪陸離的商業社會中,Cow需要通過製造影像創造不同的觀感與視覺刺激,但他從未放棄畫家的本質,回歸基本的藝術創作模式 - 繪畫,與其最真的一面進行對話。Cow作品風格中可找尋到印象派、立體派及超現實主義等藝術痕跡,他遊歷於歷史筆觸與當代文化之間的存在性,加上他對繪畫藝術的深厚知識,不斷探索著藝術的根本純粹性,並透過繪畫展現出來。Cow的部分作品更重新演繹歷史經典畫作,賦予作品新的生命力,尤如以不同畫風作種子,耍在畫布一樣,顯現藝術本質上的自性。他迷戀文藝復興時期的藝術風格,亦曾重新演繹大師列奧納多·達·芬奇的經典名作《最後的晚餐》,立體派的影響讓他作品中的抽象感油然而生,而厚重的線條以及強烈的色彩則突顯了現代社會在他身上刻下的烙印。

Cow執著於佛教哲學中「色空不異」的概念,並將其融入藝術創作中。簡而言之,「色」是指一切獨立個體或現象的虛無,亦具有無限可能性,而視覺所呈現的觀感取決於一刻的個人反應與意識理解。這一佛學思想反映立體主義的特性:追求碎裂、解析、重新組合的形式,形成分離的畫面,以許多組合的碎片型態為藝術家所要展現的目標。觀展者可從Cow的作品中參透內裡的含義,並體驗經典與現代感碰撞的火花。

張天行生於香港,在廣告及音樂錄像擔任影像導演。他在香港理工大學修畢平面設計後,於1998年起開展其廣告創作事業,並曾於多間4As廣告公司工作。2006年,他放下廣告工作遠赴紐約電影學院修讀電影。他憑著創意與技術得到不少國際聲譽品牌的青睞。他更運用多媒體方式於2012年贏得多個國際創意獎項。除了商業作品,他透過油畫及繪畫創作延續對藝術的追求。從2000年開始,他定期於藝術展覽中參展,他的作品展現了高度的原創性和豐富創造力。