Kwok Tsui

Kwok Tsui (b.1989, China) lives and works in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He graduated with a BA from Belfast School of Art in 2020. Kwok’s paintings are constructed from visual suggestions of belonging, home and borders. These paintings include recognisable but non-specific landscape elements, acting as echoes of remembered places, as well as collective expressions of loss and distance.

Recent exhibitions include ‘BA and MFA Fine Art Graduate Show’ at The MAC (2020), ‘Portrait of Northern Ireland: Neither an Elegy nor a Manifesto’ at Golden Thread Gallery (2021), ‘Emergence IV’ and ‘Future/Forward’ at QSS Gallery & Studios (2021/2022) – and  MART Gallery & Studios, Dublin. His latest exhibition, ‘Lands In-between’ was a two-person exhibition with photographer Ben Malcolmson at QSS Gallery & Studios (2022), which includes an essay by acclaimed poet Padraig Regan.

Artist Statement:

My work is constructed from visual suggestions of belonging, home and borders. These paintings include recognisable but non-specific landscape elements, acting as echoes of remembered places, emotions and colour palettes. Their muted and largely monochromatic surfaces are composed of many layers of paint, which reveal traces of each previous iteration and existence. Familiarity and memory are core elements of my paintings. I moved to Northern Ireland sixteen years ago from Hong Kong and my work reflects upon this individual experience of displacement as well as collective expressions of loss and distance. 

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th December 2022 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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