Art, 40 under 40, 2010

Casper Chan, Art, 40 under 40 2010
Casper Chan
Hong Kong

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Chan spent five years in England after she obtained her first degree in fine arts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Portraying human figures has always been her favourite form of creation — even as a child, Chan refused to draw anything else. She also likes to explore the potential of different materials and create unique textures for her paintings.

Strongly inspired by the challenges of life, Chan regards art as a healing process and the canvas as a tranquil retreat for herself. Her one-of-a-kind artistic expressions have netted her a number of awards, including the Gaylord Chan Painting Award, Cheung's Creative Award and the Lui Lup-Fun Creative Award. She is now working as a part-time art teacher and freelance illustrator.

Jaffa Lam, Art, 40 under 40 2010
Jaffa Lam
Hong Kong

Artist Jaffa Lam was born in Fujian in 1973; she currently lives and works in Hong Kong, where she graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a BA, MFA and Dip Ed.

Lam specialises in creating installation pieces which are generally site-specific, and has a keen interest in mixed-media sculptures and woodcarving. Her work tends to include references to specific historical events, social themes and cultural or urban issues.

In 2007, she was the Asia Cultural Council grantee, which allowed her to travel widely and showcase her work on a broader scale. During this trip, she participated in the Urban Glass residency in New York and the Tree Museum residency in Toronto, initiating community-engaging public art projects and developing alternative types of art exchange.

Her installations have been shown internationally, in Hong Kong, Paris, Hamburg, New York, New Zealand, Singapore, Macau and Greater China.

Lam now teaches at the Hong Kong Art School.

Matthew Bailey, Art, 40 under 40 2010
Matthew Bailey
No Matt's Land, Hong Kong

Matthew Bailey obtained a bachelor's degree in fine arts at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, where he worked with renowned voice coach Fran Bennett, speech coach Denise Woods and classical performer Mary Lou Rosato. It was also at CalArts that he developed his visual art techniques, holding several solo exhibitions, one of which was conceptualising the experience of fantastical space travel.

Bailey also participated in many underground arts exhibitions around Hollywood, and was offered the opportunity of working with comic book artist Joe Benitez and storyboarding several independent films in Los Angeles.

Returning to Hong Kong to obtain a Master's degree in science in multimedia and entertainment technology at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Bailey curated the inaugural Asia Consciousness Festival last year, and also had the chance to present a new series of abstract artworks, Theory of Music.

One of the biggest projects Bailey has recently undertaken saw him multi-task as writer, film director, set designer, storyboard artist, location scout, props manager and actor for the upcoming video game Mark Leung: Revenge of the Bitch. Currently, he is also developing several short films, voicing new cartoons, designing posters for music concerts and brainstorming his independent T-shirt company.

Silas Fong, Art, 40 under 40 2010
Silas Fong
Hong Kong

Local artist Silas Fong was born in 1985 and graduated from the Academy of Visual Arts within the Hong Kong Baptist University in 2008.

Upon graduating, he held his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong, and subsequently went on to stage video installation and new media works across Asia and Europe.

Fong focuses on video and installation works which are based on human relationships. His pieces vary from lyrical, to critical, to conceptual, all showcasing an interest in the wheel of time and how it affects our perception of daily life.

His work Stolen Times for Sale received the Young Artist Award at the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennale in 2009, the gold award (interactive media category) at the 14th Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards; as well as being made part of the collection of Documentaries of Chinese Performance Art at the Macau Museum of Art.

Tang Kwok Hin, Art, 40 under 40 2010
Tang Kwok Hin
Hang Fat Studio, Hong Kong

Describing himself as a mixed media artist who 「loves to wander around Kam Tin Main Road」, Tang is dedicated to exploring and reconstructing ready-made social symbols to give them new meaning.

Born in 1983, Tang received a Master's degree in fine arts from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2008 and now works as a part-time visual arts teacher at the HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, while at the same time forging a reputation in Hong Kong as an independent curator and writer.

Tang founded Fotan-based Hang Fat Studio with a number of artist friends in 2006. Last year, he won the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Awards 2009 with a sculpture titled The Photo Book of Mu Mu Dao. Collectors of his works include the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Amelia Johnson Contemporary and a number of private collectors in the US, Australia, Singapope and Hong Kong.

Teddy Lo, Art, 40 under 40 2010
Teddy Lo
LED Artist, Hong Kong

A graduate of visual communications, Teddy Lo studied advertising design at the Art Centre College of Design in California, where he began to experiment with LED as a mode of artistic expression.

He has since become one of the world's leading technology artists, his career begining with his first solo exhibition, morphology in New York in 2003. Over the years, he has continued to exhibit his work globally, with shows in the US, Europe, and Asia.

Currently chief vision officer at LED Artist, Lo has developed a solid reputation for being cutting-edge and progressive, following up his New York exhibition with Morphology 2.1 in Shanghai and Morphology 3.1 in Frankfurt.

Lo's passion for technology and love of art are combined in his creation of LED Artist, one of the world's first LED experience design companies.

Wong Tin Yan, Art, 40 under 40 2010
Wong Tin Yan
Hong Kong

Wong sees creative potential in the most humble of objects, turning discarded wood into adorable cartoon animal sculptures using just his hands, simple tools and interlocking techniques. The eco-friendly aspect of his medium of choice also frees him from the worry of making mistakes. With his creations, Wong also sets out to challenge the definitions of usefulness and uselessness.

A graduate of the department of fine arts at Chinese University of Hong Kong, Wong's obsession with wood sculptures and furniture dates back to 2000, when he was looking for suitable material for his graduation project. In 2006, he put up an 『Art Train' for MTR Hong Kong, in which he transformed an old MTR train into an exhibition space for his sculptures.

In recent years, apart from actively participating in local and overseas exhibitions such as Tokyo Design Week, Wong's works can also be found in high-end fashion stores like Sportmax and the Louis Vuitton flagship store in Central.