“Perception”, New Concept in Contemporary Ink Art by Brenda Hong and Anthony Yim (Exhibition Extended to 15 January 2020)


22 October 2019 (Tue) to 15 January 2020 (Wed) (Updated)

Opening Hours:

Monday to Saturday 11:00 - 19:00


31 October 2019 (Thu) 18:00 - 20:00  


Cheer Bell Gallery
Unit 1602, Global Trade Square, 21 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Hong Kong

Special Activity:

Artist Talk: Conversation with Brenda Hong and Anthony Yim
21 November 2019 (Thu) & 30 November 2019 (Sat) 15:00 - 16:30


Cheer Bell Gallery proudly presents its upcoming show “Perception”, New Concept in Contemporary Ink Art by Brenda Hong and Anthony Yim, starting from 22 October to 2 December, with the vernissage at 6 - 8pm on 31 October. The exhibition ties together the 2 artists’ skillful usage of the free-flowing nature of ink, showcasing their exploration of ink as a medium and spirit in terms of material, form and abstract landscape. The gallery hopes to provide a wonderful experience for the audience with the artists’ new concepts.


Brenda Hong believes that “the essence of art is creation, and the purpose of art is representation.” Chinese ink art has a history of thousand years. It is a big challenge for modern ink painting to inherit the tradition while following the pace of the current era to transform and innovate itself to express the artists’ thoughts. Professor Tang Hoi-chiu, former Chief Curator of Hong Kong Museum of Art, commented on Brenda’s paintings in this way, “Brenda’s paintings are filled with moist ink colours and shades. The deliberate blank space and geometric shapes reflect her creative integration of oriental and western elements”. She is engaged in a wide range of art also. Be it graphic design, floral design, photography or ink painting, Brenda has never failed to display a bold and unique style in her artistic creation. She excels in employing contrasting colours in concert with innovative methods to create textures for her work; at times she also likes to make use of the disparity between the void and the solid to convey a distinctive message of “difference in diversity”. When it comes to pure art, Brenda tends to return to the basic essentials of ink and brush with which to create a realm that simply transcends the mortal world. The coming exhibition “Perception” is going to exhibit her series “Genesis”, “Land of Plenty” and “Illusion”. The beauty of her paintings lies in her deep love for nature and her unrestrained, affectionate as well as romantic imagination. The natural and ever-changing way that ink was applied on paper reveals her carefree way of life. The process of Brenda’s art making will be presented in a video footage especially produced for this exhibition, from which the audience can have a glimpse into the rich colouring and magnificent grandeur that characterize her work. The video will make you feel you are virtually there with the artist!


Anthony Yim’s artistic style captures the essence of both Chinese and Western art. With his rich scientific background, he is able to unit art creation and science in his work. He is fascinated by the subtle relationship between light and colour. At the extreme end of light intensity, colour generally could not be discerned. Dr. Yim explained the reason why he prefers using shiny card as a medium substrate. It is because it accentuates the effects of light, so much so the colours of the painting change with the viewing angle, a phenomenon he refers to as “light-colour dynamic”. His paintings incorporate ancient Chinese philosophical thoughts and carry the elements of Western abstract expressionism. One of the many examples is his work titled “Chi”. “Chi” is derived from the Taoist concept and it refers to the original substance that produces and constitutes everything in the heavens and the earth. The Taoist work “Guan Yinzi - Six Knifes” says “Chi creates all living things.” After Song Dynasty, in order to distinguish the innate “Chi” and the acquired “qi”, the Taoist thinkers used the ancient word “Chi” to represent the innate “Chi” and infinity while “qi” was regarded as the acquired “qi” and Taiji. Another artwork “Enso” was derived from the concept of circle in Zen. “Enso” symbolizes enlightenment, power, the universe and the present in Zen, along with the meaning of completion. Psychologist Carl Jung also sees circle as a symbol of oneself and complete personality. “Enso” is an art, calligraphy and a painting. Its purpose is to convey what is difficult to be expressed. Dr. Yim’s abstract paintings allow people to enter the philosophical thoughts of Taoist inaction or Zen insights. Painting allows him to rediscover himself. Appreciating his paintings relaxes your mind and body and completes your spirit.


Brenda takes her inspiration from the nature, inherits the tradition and strives for innovation. Dr. Yim integrates Chinese and Western art and draws inspiration from ancient Chinese philosophical thoughts. In the process of creation, he tries different materials and dares to break through. Both artists have injected a new concept into contemporary ink art, which not only demonstrates the possibilities of different materials and landscapes, but also brings new energy to the contemporary ink art scene.


About Brenda Hong

Brenda Hong was born in Hong Kong and graduated successively from Hong Kong Lingnan University, Department of Fine Arts of Grantham College of Education, First Institute of Art and Design, Modern Ink Painting programme of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Lately, she has been attending the “Contemporary Ink Artists Summit Program” at Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts under the guidance of Liu Kuo-sung, Father of Modern Ink Painting. Brenda is now the Vice-President of Hong Kong Modern Ink Painting Society, Founding and Honorary Chairman of Hong Kong Contemporary Innovative Ink Painting Association, Chairman of Hong Kong New Ink, a member of Free Style Landscape Painting Association, Creative Director of Ornate Collections and a member of Xiang Gang Mei Xie. Brenda has joined exhibitions in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Macau, Taiwan, Luoyang, Guilin, Singapore and Brazil. She has also hosted several art seminars and published painting albums “Tipsy Lotus – Brenda Hong, Modern Chinese Ink Painting” and “The Unrestrained - Modern Chinese Ink Paintings”. Her works are now in the collections of museums, universities, public & private organizations in Hong Kong and overseas countries.


About Anthony Yim

Anthony Yim’s teenage dream was to become an artist, but instead he became a doctor following the advice of his late father. Anthony graduated from Cambridge University and Oxford University Medical School, and later pioneered minimally invasive chest surgery which earned him an international reputation as a premier surgeon-scientist, and Chair Professorship at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His medical achievements, however, did not deter him from his pursuit of art. He picked up his childhood dream again after his retirement in 2017. He amazed his peers by his remarkable artistic accomplishments in merely two years. “My Second Career, Solo Art Exhibition by Anthony P Yim, MD” was published and recorded his exquisite 277 artworks. In 2017, Dr. Yim was invited by Beacon Hotel in Mong Kok, Hong Kong to create an enormous oil painting, “Guiding Light” to celebrate the opening of the hotel. His explosiveness in artistic creation is truly breathtaking.