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Between Nature and the City

In this continuation of our serial, we examine admire the art along the Kwun Tong Line. Even without art training, you may find it can mentally and emotionally transport you to a better place. This includes helping you feel nostalgic, tranquil, blessed, happy, joyful, and accepted.

You could sum up Alex Heung’s art at Ho Man Tin station in one word – tranquillity – beginning with the luminously coloured abstract tile mosaic frames to the paintings depicting the friendly interplay between birds and the urban landscapes. Just as a slow exploration of Ho Man Tin will reveal wildlife coexisting in harmony with the urban landscapes, so too does an exploration of the concourse, platform, escalators, and staircases provide an opportunity to discover twenty-five of these playful paintings.

Each painting comes from a place of quiet contemplation. There is a wonderful still quietness in the life observed. Heung’s original artworks are acrylic paint on canvas in a style similar to David Hockney’s A Bigger Splash. Both artists present scenes from a photograph, both use dramatic lines, and neither is trying to represent reality. The dynamism of the oversized bird wearing headphones contrasts strongly with the static geometry of the planted trees, the simple blue and pink rectangular shapes representing buildings, and the diagonal lines in the mosaic tiles framing the images. The result is a disjointed effect that is intentional, and which is a hallmark of Hockney’s style.

Text Martin Wray / Photos Dave Chung