Recently, editor Kirin Heng travelled to Hong Kong and visited Bellini Yu of i-dArt at Tung Wah Group Hospital, where the latter coordinates an arts education programme under i-dArt for people with different abilities. As Bellini very generously gave more than three hours of her time being interviewed and showing the location and artworks of the programme, this interview extract is comprised of four parts in order to provide a clear overview of her work at i-dArt. This is the third interview extract about the artistic evolution of three of her students, YUNG Cheuk-kwok, CHENG Ka-yan, and LEUNG Iat-hong from the cohort of 2013 respectively. THIS CONVERSATION IS PART OF THE ARTIST-WRITER PAIR SERIES. READ MORE in the upcoming Energy Issue.
On artist Leung Iat-hong’s innovation of his own method using graffiti pens and pure imagination
The third artist I would like to introduce you to is Iat-hong, the old man sitting there just now [pictured above]. He [has] developed his own way of drawing. I can show you more.
K: It looks a bit Impressionist.
J: Like Starry Night.
B: This kind of marker he used is unique, it’s not very commonly sold in stationary stores. It’s for outdoor graffiti. But we wanted to provide this kind of marker because we found out that this kind of drawing this pen is much better for this visual effect: the way he draws broken lines while also covering many layers with every line. These are his unique materials for his creation.
He found this very unique way of creation [by] himself. Usually he has no references for his drawings,
and I am very impressed by how he handles the background objects. All are broken lines, same materials, same technique, but you can very easily identify what is the object and what is its background. Even though he did not do any colouring you would still find it very colourful. You wonder why this is yellow and its background is black, why he coloured this and not the nose.
So this is very interesting work for us.