Elaine Chiu 趙綺婷
Artist Biography | Exhibition History | Awards
Artist Biography 藝術家自述
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Elaine Chiu depicts the urban lives and environments through watercolour cityscapes. With the fluidic and transparent qualities of the medium, she captures the transience of the light and shadow of a city’s unique street view. To her, painting is not only an exploration in the streets of the city but also a journey of self-searching. Through her art, Elaine hopes to record the street views, communities and cultures of places she calls home.
Elaine Chiu graduated from The University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor’s degree in Art History in 2018.
About my research 關於我的創作
Depicting traditional billboards which can be easily found in the streets of Hong Kong has been the theme which artist Elaine Chiu is prompt to manifest in her paintings. Billboards in Hong Kong are taking a substantial role in the Hong Kong streetscape. Not only limited to the functional uses of billboards like serving as landmarks or telling directions, their designs, fonts and traditional workmanship also give us a hint on the local culture. They suggest about the personality and colours of local lifestyles, and how art is assimilated in the local community.
The signboard culture has urged artist Elaine Chiu to ponder over one’s identity and the importance of calligraphy and neon lights to the local’s self-recognition from a Hong-Kong born artist’s perspective. Inspired by the geometric aesthetics of signboard cityscape, Elaine developed an artistic interest in colour-patchworks to depict modern cityscapes. To further the research, Elaine started her new series that uses “signboards” as a comparative methodology to explore cityscapes of more different places of the world. By comparing these sign-scapes, the artist hopes to present and contrast different cultures in a visual way.
藝術家趙綺婷透過繪畫街道中的招牌，反映香港 - 我城的獨有面貌。招牌在香港城市景貌擔當重要角色，除了指路、塑造地標等的實際功能，招牌的設計、書法字體和工藝造法，側面反映了香港人的文化、性格和民間生活與藝術。香港的街道離不開字，街道上可以說是字、街、畫相融，充滿各類圖像化的標記。對於趙綺婷來說，街道招牌文化她反思和探索個人文化和身分的構成，思考書法、霓虹等等對香港人視覺身分的深遠影響。
Solo Exhibition 個人畫展
2019/11 Around the Corner, Wooder Space, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
2019/07 Signs and the City, Eslite Bookstore Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
2019/02 Signs of Our Times at Parklane Hotel, Hong Kong
2018/11 Elaine Chiu: Hong Kong Cityscape at Chez Trente Gallery, Soho Central Hong Kong
2018/07 A Self Portrait of Hong Kong: Elaine's New Perspective at Le Meridien Cyberport, organized by Geneyclee Gallery
2018/04 Nostalgia: A Portrait of Hong Kong at Lingnan University
2017/07 Street and Seek: Elaine's Solo Exhibition at Hotel Jen HK, organized by Geneyclee Gallery
2016/11"On My Way", Elaine Chiu's Exhibition, tgt Gallery Hong Kong
2016/10 "Heartbeats in Hong Kong": Elaine Chiu's solo exhibition, MTR Arttube, Hong Kong
Group Exhibition 群體展覽
2020/03 Silent Art Tokyo by JPS Gallery @Area 36, Tokyo
2020/02 Hello Hong Kong, World Watercolour Master Exhibition by IWS HK, Central Library, Hong Kong
2020/01 UNWRAPPED: Group Exhibition by JPS Gallery @Area 36, Tokyo
2019/12 Colour Your Passion, Modena Stationery, @ Eslite Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
2019/11 Art Next Expo 新藝潮 2019, PMQ, Central, Hong Kong
2019/11 DesignInspire Expo, HKTDC, Hong Kong
2019/09 [TEA HUB x 畫下嘢 Special：青山道三零三號] 作品展 303 Castle Peak Road: Sketch and Photography Exhibition, Cheung Sha Wan
2019/06 Modern Art of Floating World Exhibition, JPS Gallery, K11 Chi Art Space
2019/05 Fabriano in Acquarello International Watercolor Festival in Italy, Fabriano, Italy.
2019/04 Urban Sketchers Hong Kong 6th Anniversary Exhibition East meets West, 中環中心 Basement H6
2019/04 Exhibition at Fatcave, Causeway Bay
2019/04 East Meets West Urban Sketchers Hong Kong Group Exhibition, H6 Conet Central
2019/01 Heritage Hong Kong Group Exhibition, Shatin Wai Wah Shopping Mall
2018/12 台港水彩名家展 International Watercolor Masters Exhibition (Taiwan), 新竹市文化局美術館展覽室, Taiwan.
2018/12 International Watercolour Society (IWS) Malaysia yearly exhibition, Malaysia.
2018/10 Embrace Life Watercolor Exhibition 擁抱生命水彩作品展, 嶺南大學 Lingnan University, 博愛醫院 Po Oi Hospital.
2018/06 Midsummer Flowers仲夏花語, A Group Exhibition by HK Watercolor Society (香港水彩藝術學會), Sha Tin Town Hall.
2018/04 台港水彩名家展 International Watercolor Masters Exhibition (Hong Kong), Art Centre Hong Kong, IWS Hong Kong.
2018/04 亞洲藝博2018, E-max Hong Kong.
2018/02 Pearls of Peace, Season 2: 2nd International Watercolor Biennale, IWS Pakistan, Pakistan.
2017/11 A Year of Moments: Wahayeah Annual Exhibition, Green Wave Art, Hong Kong.
2017/10 Hong Kong Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong.
2017/09 IWS Indonesia Watercolor Exhibition Heritage@art, Yogyakarta.
2017/09 The Journey of Hong Kong: Group Exhibition by Urban Sketchers Hong Kong. Chengdu, China.
2017/07 HK-KOR Artwork Contest Entry Show, JCCAC, Hong Kong.
2017/06 《筆寫卅間》街頭寫生作品展 Exhibition: Sketching the "Thirty Houses", Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.
2017/03 2nd Tirana International Watercolor Biennale, Albania.
2017/02 Oxford International Art Fair, Oxford Town Hall, United Kingdom.
2016/12 Sai Kung Art and About Exhibition, Sai Kung Town Hall, Hong Kong.
2016/10 “Love United” 1st International Watercolor Society Exhibition in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Visual Art Centre, Hong Kong.
2016/09 “Freedom of Self Expression” IWS Hungary 1st International Watercolor Exhibition, Budapest.
2016/08 Lentement Hong Kong Exhibition in Le Grizzli Vert, France.
2016/07 SKETCH Hong Kong Yearly Exhibition, Pacific Place, Hong Kong.
2016/07 “Water and Spirit” IWS Bulgaria International Watercolor Triennial, Varna 2016, Bulgaria.
2016/05 Precious.HK.Colors Exhibition, Fringe Club.
2016/05 Affordable Art Fair, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong.
2016/04 Fabriano in Acquarello International Watercolor Festival in Italy, Fabriano, Italy.
2016/03 Asia Contemporary Art Show 2016 Spring Edition, Conrad HK, Hong Kong.
2016/03 Sai Kung Art and About Art Gallery Walk, Sai Kung Promenade Park, Hong Kong.
2016/03 Art On The Line Exhibition, The Space, Central, Hong Kong.
2015/12 Blink Gallery Annual Exhibition, Blink Gallery, Hong Kong.
2015/11 In Search For A More United And Peaceful World Exhibition, Blink Gallery, Hong Kong.
2015/10 Asia Contemporary Art Show 2015 Fall Edition, Conrad HK, Hong Kong.
2015/10 International Children’s Painting Competition Winning Artworks Exhibition, Youth Square, Hong Kong.
Client and Project 聯乘合作
2019/09 Wanchai Scout Centennial Building Mural Painting
2019/08 Hong Kong Geo Park X Unesco, Kat O Story House mural painting
2019/07 Think of a Style X Hoegaarden 賞想文創節
2019/03 VDL X Pantone 2019 Launch Mural
2018/12 Monaco Film Festival
2018/12 Lane Crawford Mural Painting
2018/12 Nike Corporate SKetching Class
2018/11 K11 Art Keen Workshop
2018/10 Pok Oi Hospital, Lingnan University: Embrace Life Project
2018/07 Victoria's Secret Angel Wings Mural Painting
2018/06 Vivid Sydney 2018: Life in 2050 Painting Demonstration
2017/11 G.O.D, Bespoke7, Urban Sketchers Hong Kong Product Crossover
2017/09 Stay-Atlas Accommodations, Genesis Design House Mural Painting
2017/01 Good Goods Social Enterprise Product Crossover
2016 Cafe-Bar Casa 338 Mural Painting
2015 CSSA HKU Graduation Ceremony Souvenir
2015 A. S. Watson's Group, Watsons' 175 Anniversary souvenirs and waterbottle designs of the ASW 175 series
2020 Preselected: Royal Institute of Watercolour (RI) annual exhibition and competition
2018 Art and Education Travel Grant/ The Department of Fine Arts, HKU
2018 Best Creative Award/ New World Group Entrepreneur Adventure Programme Hong Kong 2018
2017 Selected Artist/ CONCORSI INTERNAZIONALI DI ACQUERELLO 2017
2017 Champion (Painting Open Category)/ Hong Kong Youth Arts Festival 2017
2017 Certificate of Appreciation/ VIZart Tirana 2017
2017 Certificate of Participation/ Fabriano in Acquarello 2017
2017 Honourable Mention Award/ IWS Budapest 2017
2017 Special Merit & Special Recognition Price/“CityScapes” Art Exhibition (Organized by Light, Time and Space Online Art Gallery)
2016 Certificate of Appreciation/ City U MBA
2016 Out Reaching Award/HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund 2015-16
2016 Talent Development Scholarship/HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund 2015-16
2016 Finalist/ HK Youth Arts Festival 2016
2016 “Reach Up to the Stars” HKU 19th Prize Presentation Ceremony/ The University of Hong Kong
2016 Certificate of Appreciation in art promotion/ Sai Kung District Council
2015 Certificate of Finalist (Open Category)/ International Children's Painting Competition in Hong Kong
2014 Certificate of Finalist/ International Children's Painting Competition in Hong Kong
2014 Certificate of Exhibition/ International Children's Painting Competition in Hong Kong
2013 Certificate of Finalist/ International Children's Painting Competition in Hong Kong
2013 Second Award/ Beijing-Hong Kong Summer Art Camp painting competition (Organized by Fine Arts School Affiliated to China Central Academy of Fine Arts)
International Watercolor Society Hong Kong
Urban Sketchers Hong Kong
2014-2018 Bachelor of Arts, major in Fine Arts, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
2016-2017 Semester Exchange, The University of Edinburgh, UK.
2016 Summer Exchange, The University of Cambridge, UK.
Authorised Product Stockists 寄賣點
Swindon Bookstore, the University of Hong Kong (postcards)
Fatcave, Causeway Bay (postcards, masking tape, t-shirt)
Modena Stationery, The Mills & Eslite Bookstore (notebook)
Bookazine, Hong Kong (postcards)
Shop 326-328, 3/F, Landmark Prince’s Building, Central
Shop 3092C, Podium Level 3, ifc mall, Central
Shop 1, G/F, 46 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central
Shop 305-07, One Exchange Square, Central
Shop UG-46, Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong
THREE PACIFIC PLACE
Shop 4, Level B3, 1 Queen’s Road East, Admiralty
Shop 104B, Block A, 1/F, DB Main Plaza, Lantau Island
G/F, shop G107C-D, The Repulse Bay Arcade, Repulse Bay
Shop 925, 9/F, Times Square, Causeway Bay