Art / 40 Under 40 2016

Kerby Rosanes, Art, 40 under 40 2016
Kerby Rosanes
Freelance illustrator, Manila, Philippines

Philippines-based illustrator Kerby Rosanes’ works are characterised by whimsical lines, patterns, characters and little elements that are spontaneously combined to create massive compositions depicting his everyday experiences or anything that inspires him.

His sketchbook drawings went viral in 2013 and since then, his works have been featured in various design blogs and websites such as Bored Panda, Mashable, Buzzfeed, CBS News, MyModernMetropolis, Philippine Daily Inquirer, GMA NewsTV, etcetera. His current online following is now more than two million across various social media sites.

Aside from personal projects, he collaborates with other artists and design agencies, and has worked with global clients such as Nike, Mazda, Huawei and Ford.

Kirin Leung, Art, 40 under 40 2016
Kirin Leung
Founder, kirin+lab

Kirin Leung is an architectural designer and a multimedia/sculpture artist who graduated from the City University of Hong Kong’s department of architecture and school of creative media. His passion lies in all things design, from architecture, 2D graphics, and 3D printing to sculpture art.

Recent work includes the furniture art piece Yuan chair, which won a High Commendation Award at CELEBRATE!2015 by RIBA, while his entry for the Tiara Sculpture Competition, The Wings, showcased at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange Listing ceremony. His multimedia installation Hong Kong 2115 was exhibited at Hong Kong Week @ Taipei.

Working as an architectural designer at Wong Tung & Partners in Hong Kong, Leung assists in general building plan submissions and production of presentation drawings, working drawings and design competitions. His graphic design work covers exhibitions, corporate design, gifts, publications and advertising.

Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze, Art, 40 under 40 2016
Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze
Fine art photographer, Hong Kong

Photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze was born in France in 1987, and his interest in photography blossomed into a passion after his arrival in Hong Kong in 2009. Stunned by its architectural ‘race to the sky’ and resilience of nature, he felt the need to use his camera to share his feelings about the city.

The geometry of the urban environment and the vivid lives it shelters are the aspects of Hong Kong that inspire him most. His two series, Vertical Horizon and Wild Concrete, have been published as photo books in 2012 and 2014 respectively.

Since 2013, his photos have been shown in several exhibitions in Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai and the Netherlands. Jacquet-Lagrèze’s work has received attention from both local and international press such as the South China Morning Post (Hong Hong), International Herald Tribune (US), National Geographic, Lonely Planet (Hong Kong), El Pais (Spain), Figaro (France), Huffington Post (US), The Guardian (UK), Die Welt (Germany) and numerous blogs.

Seung jin Yang, Art, 40 under 40 2016
Seung jin Yang
Artist, Seoul, South Korea

Seung jin Yang majored in metal art design at Hongik University College of Art and graduated in 2013, when he began his Blowing series, and became active mainly in furniture design in order to participate in exhibitions.

Blowing comprises a series of furniture-inspired pieces made of balloons coated with epoxy resin, inspired by his childhood memories of blowing balloons, transformed and applied to industrial fabrication furniture-making processes.

Once inflated, the balloons are shaped and fixed into the specific forms of a chair, after which eight layers of epoxy resin are applied to form a very durable and rigid structure. “The tactile nature of balloons is transformed into a fine-coloured ‘glass’ thanks to the glossy finish of epoxy resin,” says the artist. “With this project, I want to turn ordinary materials and processes into an extraordinary manufacturing process.”

Seven Tsang, Art, 40 under 40 2016
Seven Tsang
Founder, Awkward Blooms, Hong Kong

A visual designer in the fashion industry, Seven Tsang launched her own brand Awkward Blooms in 2013 as a second career, aiming to promote indoor planting and botanical art in Hong Kong.

She focuses on botanical arrangement, as it is still in a living state (versus flower arrangement) and poses ongoing possibilities. Combining her plant knowledge with aesthetics, she is dedicated to using green plants and different species of air-plants to create visually inspiring and intriguing pieces, ranging from tabletop arrangements to larger-scale installations. She is especially fond of using air-plants as the creative medium for its easy maintenance and practicality. She currently sells her works online, creates bespoke pieces commissioned by private clients, and collaborates with commercial organisations.

Vince Low, Art, 40 under 40 2016
Vince Low
Artist, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A graduate from The One Academy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with a diploma in illustration, professional illustrator Vince Low has an eye for details, a solid art background and strong art direction and design in print, illustration, TV and photography; including but not limited to digital imaging, storyboards and character design.

As head of illustration at advertising company Grey Group Kuala Lumpur, Low credits his love for art and illustration for turning his life around after a troubled youth — and it was when working on a campaign to raise awareness for dyslexia that he realised that he himself suffers from the condition. “The learning disability I experienced wasn’t normal to everyone; the majority of people don’t see letters jumping, moving or blinking when they read,” he says.

Since then, Low has worked on many dyslexia campaigns, to help change many children’s lives. He also sells his original artwork online and, together with Kerby Rosanes and Peisy Ting, forms creative collaborative Tiga, producing notebooks, sketchbooks and art prints.