Tse Yim On is one of the most controversial and daring artists in his native hometown, Hong Kong. Growing up in the Generation-X era, Tse was heavily influenced by the rise of titillating, pseudo-violent cartoons, especially the heavily caricatured style of Japanese anime. Using a highly coloured lens of cartoonish visuals and a pop culture aesthetic, his art is satirical and wildly fantastic, unabashedly addressing societal and political issues through a uniquely quirky perspective.
What is most notable is Tse’s striking insight overlaid by a keen and witty sense of humour. Unlike other conceptual or popular culture artists, his artistic techniques remain assured and meticulously detailed. However, Tse’s real strength lies in his undeniable relevance even in today’s fast-changing world and his individualistic contributions to the face of contemporary culture. His paintings are vibrant and command attention. Once drawn to his paintings, it is hard not to be complicit in deciphering the messages behind his works, bringing into the hearts and minds of its viewers its captivating elements.
Tse Yim On acquired his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Fine Arts from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In 1998, he was awarded the Hong Kong Urban Council Fine Art Award. He has participated extensively in various art exhibitions, especially those staged to illustrate existing social issues. Tse has been an advisor to the Hong Kong Arts Development Council since 2002. His work has been increasingly sought after and collected by the Hong Kong Museum of Art and private collectors worldwide.