Teddy Leung : Kwerky Archival

 

Teddy Leung
Kwerky Archival

Public Open:
29 Jul - 15 Aug 2021
11:00 - 19:00 Mon - Sat
11:00 - 17:00 Sun & holiday

Venue :
Shops 218, 2/F, Landmark Atrium,
15 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
香港中環皇后大道中15號置地廣塲中庭2樓218號舖

 

JPS Gallery is pleased to announce the debut solo exhibition of emerging artist Teddy Leung on view at the gallery’s Hong Kong location in LANDMARK ATRIUM. The exhibition marks the first-ever solo show of the artist and is a cornerstone of his artistic career. Drawing inspiration from working in the hustle and bustle Central district of Hong Kong, Teddy uses his original character, CEO KWERKY as his artistic agent to explore the daily work life of a white-collar in the metropolitan with a surrealist undertone.

The series of work is a manifestation of the artist’s distinctively diverse oeuvre. Academically trained in both painting and photography, Teddy combined the two mediums under an experimental surrealist light.Over the course of one year, Teddy captures the city lights as well as his direct experience through employing the long exposure technique. The images are then manipulated into atmospheric totems, which reflects the urban-dwelling and working environment of the city.

Playing with the homophone of the word “quirky,” Teddy created his original character, CEO KWERKY as a light-hearted approach to the oftentimes stressful work life in the financial district of the city. Dressed in a suit and carrying a briefcase, on the surface, CEO KWERKY is the epitome of a white-collar in the city. Yet, he is not the serious stereotype people always assumed with a businessman if one looks closely. Through the character’s eccentric behaviours and facial expressions, Teddy wishes to bring out a more cheerful side and find the fun in white-collar work life.

Inspired by the city’s presence, light and people, the presented series is the artist’s homage to all workers in Hong Kong. Using his whimsical visual language combined with surrealist photography, Teddy takes on a new perspective in the everyday mundane of city life.

 



TEDDY LEUNG

Hong Kong | B. 1996

Teddy is a mixed-media artist enthused in the language of photography and character art. He also operates as a professional photographer in Hong Kong’s art scene. His passion lies in photography and creating art pieces that are experimental and surreal. Always seeking inspiration from his surroundings, with his long exposure shots. He is also fervidly skilled at creating narratives and motifs by combining his surrealistic photographs and his character CEO KWERKY, inspired by the rapid working environment of Hong Kong.

His choices of medium explores the cross disciplinary of photography, painting and graphic design under the umbrella of fine art. His creations are unique, fantastical and true to self, as he breaks boundaries of traditional medium he sees fit for aesthetic pursuance. He is currently in Hong Kong capturing the vastness and fast lights of the fickle city, making his mark as one of the most daring new generations of contemporary artists from Hong Kong.

Born and raised in Hong Kong in 1996. Teddy is currently working for JPS Art Gallery while pursuing a BA in Fine Art in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). His experience as a photographer, painter, gallerist, and freelance content creator has made him one of today's more versatile artists.