ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

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Dragon Ken ,Tang Tsz Kin

Dragon Ken is the founder and chairperson of the Hong Kong Creative Art Association.  He is a committee member of the Korea Culture Art Research Institute, a member of the Hong Kong Water Color Society, a member of Hong Kong Society for Education in Art, the art director and instructor of the BS Studio as well as the design director of the Brothersystem Studio Co.

Besides his various roles in the art industry, he is also keen on art education.  He is an art instructor at the Hong Kong Jockey Club and at the Hong Kong Young Women’s Christian Association.  He also teaches at the Design First Institute and in different welfare centres in Hong Kong.

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Ocean, 2011

“My Dolly” is a recent series of Dragon Ken’s artwork. The artworks carry the style of surrealism. This series aims at presenting the contradictions in our unconsciousness, e.g. good and bad, live and dead, past and future etc. The techniques of realism are adopted in order to present this surrealistic world.

The gorgeous yet soulless Japanese dolls are a metaphor for people who live like death. They only care about making a living and would do anything to fulfil their desire for money and power.Blood, violence and insecurity are the elements of this series. These are how exactly the artist thinks about this society. The artist hopes this series can help people to be more reflective and responsible for their own deeds, for the environment and for others.

“My Dolly” emphasises depicting the gloomy eyes which express the complicated inner world of human beings. When you are appreciating the dolly in the painting, the dolly is, at the same time, looking into your inner world. This creates a bridge, a connection and interaction between the audience and the artwork.

EDUCATION

2014   BA (Hons) Degree in Graphic Design, University of Sunderland, UK
2006   Higher Diploma in Illustration, First Institute of Art and Design, HK

 

EXPERIENCE & AWARDS

Dragon Ken was the champion of the 1998 Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou Hong Kong Youth Computer Graphic Competition (Advance Level). He also received the Judges’ list award of Mobile Art Expedition 2005 and was the champion of the Portraits of Dolphin – Art Competition 2006. He was also invited to participate in the publication of Taiwan “Illustration Market” in 2007 and 2012.

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Empress, 2013

 

AWARDS

1996 Copic Marker Drawing Competition 96 – Champion

1997 Comic Character Design Competition – Champion

1998 McDonald’s ‘Soccer Craze’ Comic Competition – Champion

1998 Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou Hong Kong Youth Computer Graphic Competition (Advanced Level) – Champion

2000 Millennium Public Health Poster Design Competition (Adult group) – Champion

2004 Tsuen Wan Countryside Art Competition – Champion

2005 Mobile Art Expedition Group A and Group B – Judges’ list award

2005 Tsuen Wan Website Design Competition – Champion

2005 The 3rd Hong Kong Postcard Design Competition – Champion

2005 Tung Wah Group Multi Media Production Contest – Individual Overall Champion

2006 Portraits of Dolphin – Art Competition (Adult group) – Champion

2008 Mobile Art Expedition Group A and Group B – Judges’ list award

2013 Korea International Cultural Association – International Culture Art Fair, Winner of the Honor award

 

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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

HONG KONG

EXHIBITIONS & SOLO SHOWS

2013  Asia Invitation Art Exhibition in Seoul 2013 ‘Departure’ – The Seoul Museum of Art (Solo Show)

2013  Dragon Ken Solo Exhibition “Overture” – BLINK Gallery@ SWP Design Academy (Solo Show)

2013  Dragon Ken Taiwan Kaohsiung Solo Exhibition Tour ”Eat Drink Man Man” – Mon Curry Cafe (Solo Show)

2014  Dragon Ken Taiwan Kaohsiung Solo Exhibition Tour ”Eat Drink Man Man” – Summer Lin Cafe (Solo Show)

2014  ”Art of Culture” Dragon Ken Picture book solo exhibition – BLINK Gallery@ SWP Design Academy (Solo Show)

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1998 Roving Exhibition of Youth Computer Graphic Competition and Exhibition -Hong Kong, Beijing , Shanghai , Guangzhou

1999 50th National Day Youth Art Competition and Exhibition – Hong Kong Cultural Centre

2000 The Dragon of Millennium Art Exhibition – Hong Kong Central Plaza

2000 Millennium Public Health Posters Exhibition – Hong Kong City Hall

2002 Civic Education Character Design Competition and Exhibition – Hong Kong City Hall

2004 National Day Art Competition and Exhibition – Hong Kong Cultural Center

2005 Design First Drawing Competition and Exhibition – Hong Kong Convention Center

2005 The 3rd Hong Kong Postcard Design Competition and Exhibition – Hong Kong Western Market

2006 Portraits of Dolphin – Art Competition and Exhibition – Hong Kong Central Library

2006 Central and Western Hong Kong Water Color and Oil Color Exbition – Hong Kong City Hall

2006 Hong Kong Painters Association Art Exhibition 2006 – ‘The Beauty’ Joint Exhibition (Dragon Ken, Jerry Yu, Wing Chong) – DY Club Art Gallery

2006 10th Anniversary Nation Day Grand Exhibition – Hong Kong Central Library

2006 Hong Kong National Day Art Exhibition – Hong Kong City Hall

2008 Hong Kong Creative Art Association Annual Exhibition 2008 – Design First Institute

2008 HKCAA X Gallery Café Exhibition – Gallery Cafe

2009 Hong Kong Creative Art Association Annual Exhibition 2009 – Hong Kong Cultural Center

2009 Hong Kong Creative Art Association – 2009 ‘The Beauty of Feminine’Exhibition – Hong Kong Visual Arts Center

2010 Hong Kong Creative Art Association – ‘Art is Life’ – Cattle Depot Artists Village

2010 Hong Kong Creative Art Association Annual Exhibition 2010 – Hong Kong Cultural Center

2010 ‘Life Colored By…’ HKCAA x Wai Ji Christian Service Charity Exhibition – Panda Place , A-Link Gallery, Kowloon City Plaza

2011 National Day Celebration Grand Exhibition – Hong Kong Central Library

2011 Hong Kong Creative Art Exhibition 2011 – A-Link Gallery

2011 ‘Live This Moment’ HKCAA X DramaMall Exhibition – Tokyo Town Plaza

2012 Hong Kong Creative Art Association Annual Exhibition – Hong Kong Cultural Center

2012 Hong Kong Oil Painting Competition (Group Exhibition) – Hong Kong Central Library

2012 HKSEA – Art Teacher Exhibition – JCCAC,SCAD, Hong Kong Central Library

2012 National Day Celebration Grand Exhibition – Hong Kong Central Library

2012 Hong Kong Creative Art Association Annual Exhibition 2012 – A-Link Gallery

2012 Nation Day Grand Exhibition – Hong Kong Central Library

2013 HKCAA Crossover Exhibition – Café Corridor

2013 Hong Kong Society for Education in Art Exhibition – Savannah College of Art and Design

2013 ‘Life Colored By…’ HKCAA X Wai Ji Christian Service Charity Exhibition – Ma On Shan Plaza

2013 Hong Kong Watercolor Research Society 2013 Exhibition – Hong Kong City Hall High Block

2013 Hong Kong Oil Painting Exhibition – Hong Kong Central Library

2013 National Day Celebration Grand Exhibition – Hong Kong Central Library

2014 Hong Kong Creative Art Association Annual Exhibition 2014 – JCCAC

2015 Affordable art fair Hong Kong 2015 – Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

GALLERY  AFFILIATION

INTERVIEWS & PRESS

  • East Touch weekly, vol.121, 23.9.1997
  • Comicsworld Jump weekly vol.47,7.11.1997
  • Youth Arts Plaza,Cabletv,30.2.1999
  • Newsmagazine,881903.com, 30.2.1999
  • Supplement,Sun daily,12.1.2000
  • G.Sushi sixteen Anniversary Issue,1.6.2002
  • Hi-Tech computer weekly,vol.323,21.10.2004
  • Supplement,Apple daily,19.4.2005
  • Supplement,Singtao daily,23.4.2005
  • Mingpao weekly vol.1902,22.12.2005
  • Cultamap,TVB,5.3.2006
  • Supplement,East daily,15.6.2007
  • Supplement,Sun daily,17.7.2007
  • Illustrator Marketplace 303, Suncolor Publisher,27.11.2007
  • South China Morning Post,Yong Post,27.2.2008
  • Supplement,Economic daily,18.6.2008
  • Mingpao daily,27.6.2008
  • Matter Magazine October,10.2010
  • Illustrator Marketplace 310,Suncolor Publisher,28.12.2012
  • Uppershop Magazine September,9.2014

GALLERY AFFILIATION

PUBLICATIONS

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