I moved to the UK for education in my teenage years, the prevalent hard partying and drinking culture was considerably different to what I experienced back in Hong Kong, where people are generally more reserved. That aspect of my then fish-out-of-water circumstance is the inspiration for these colour pencil drawings.
This series of bottles made up of sketchbook and notepad paper represents a time in my life where I was discovering who I am, trying to find my place in the art world and exploring my new surroundings. The notebook is said to be a dream symbol representing preservation, especially with regards to memories. An alternative interpretation is that I was an absolute lightweight with alcohol. The choice of orange as the background colour similarly has two readings; one where it’s traditionally associated meanings are imposed (enthusiasm, change, stimulation, enjoyment, sexuality, freedom, expression) and the other which implies my Asian glow when on the drinks.
When observing my artistic work as a whole, this piece can be seen as the beginnings of my archetypal style; careful layering/rendering, a realistic depiction of manipulated forms, and an attempt at various double meanings. It is also unique for being a drawing on mount board rather than traditional drawing paper. I am hopeful that this series when hung up on a wall brings a warm energy, a reminder of joyful times and perhaps nostalgia for one’s salad days (though I would not recommend it for an alcoholic).
NOTE ON SHIPPING: The artwork looks best without the clear acrylic sheet in the frame. This is included in the frame for additional protection to the artwork when shipping internationally. I recommend removing the sheet when the artwork arrives to enjoy the vibrancy and details fully.