ART / 40 UNDER 40 2017

Catherine Grossrieder, Art, 40 under 40 2017
Catherine Grossrieder
Freelance artist & graphic designer

Catherine Grossrieder aka Cath Love, was born in 1984 in Bangkok to a Thai mother and Swiss father. Asian cartoons, graffiti and hip-hop culture from summer holidays in Switzerland in the 1990s have all contributed to her style, while cultural and social conditioning are also sources of creativity. She enjoys creating cute as well as more surreal, twisted art, and hopes that viewers not only appreciate her work superficially, but also for what it could communicate. Love currently focuses on drawing cartoons featuring her latest characters Jeliboo and Fluffy B, plus creating other art, murals and identity design. Past clients include Island Records, Selfridges, Nike, H&M, Jimmy Choo, Hypebeast, Lane Crawford, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Kangol.

Koanne Ko, Art, 40 under 40 2017
Koanne Ko
Freelance illustrator

A professional member and former executive committee member of the Hong Kong Society of Illustrators, Koanne Ko has a BFA degree from the School of Illustration at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Returning to her hometown to pursue her career, she specialises in portraiture. Her pencil drawing series The Animal Tamers scooped the Award of Excellence in the category of unpublished illustration in the third Greater China Illustration award. Her illustrations have also appeared in design book APPortfolio. Her work has been exhibited in the US, UK, Canada, Japan and Taiwan. In 2014, she was invited to be one of the 70 artists participating in Gromit Unleashed Hong Kong, a charity project where she designed her own Gromit and later made it into a 1m-tall 3D sculpture. Corporate clients include Versace, Bulgari, Piaget, Shu Uemura and Ferrero Rocher.

Pete Ross, Art, 40 under 40 2017
Pete Ross

Pete Ross was born in Hong Kong in 1985, the fourth generation of a Scottish family which emigrated to the city in the early 1900s. Ross was drawn towards Hong Kong’s architecture during a time of change and political uncertainty as the territory struggled to find its identity and forge its future. He is now a RIBA architect in Hong Kong with a keen interest in socio-urban interactions.

Ross’s art focuses on his thoughts and observations on his hometown and the seeming juxtaposition of the master-plan city and the unpredictable nature of people. His style uses traditional, detailed drawing techniques and brings to the forefront cultural mixes, diversity, memories and contradictions of city life, drawing from his own inspirations of Chinese and Western art. He has been part of several group exhibitions in London and Hong Kong including the Affordable Art Fair, Signal 8 (The Cat Street Gallery) and the Asia Contemporary Art Show, where he won the People’s Prize in 2013. His illustrations are the brand identity for Mong Kok Beer and also feature on a set of postcards for the Hong Kong Museum of History that celebrate the city’s architecture.

Queenie Law, Art, 40 under 40 2017
Queenie Law
Creative director of Production Q

Queenie Law graduated from London's Central Saint Martins in 2019 with a degree in Graphic Design specialising in experimental image making. Her interest in storytelling, and capturing ephemeral moments in life is a fundamental aspect of her work as a visual artist and image-maker. Blending photography and paint to highlight an instance or a mood imbues her work with a deeply felt sentiment that inspires. Her work has been exhibited in London, Paris, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Law founded the Production Q studio in 2014. Its clients include Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, Joyce Gallery in Paris, Lane Crawford, co-working space WeWork Hong Kong and K11 design store.

Sarah Choo Jing, Art, 40 under 40 2017
Sarah Choo Jing
Multidisciplinary fine artist

Hailing from Singapore, Sarah Choo Jing is known for her interdisciplinary approach to photography, video and installation. Her work depicts identifiable moments and characters within contemporary urban society, suggesting a plethora of private and often solitary narratives. The artist is concerned with the gaze of the flaneur, voyeurism and the uncanny.

Choo lives and works in Singapore and completed her MFA at the Slade School of Art in London in 2015. Choo took the Gold Award in the 2016 PX3 Prix de la Photographie, Fine Art Category and was awarded First Place in the 2015 Moscow International Foto Awards. The artist has exhibited at The Busan Museum of Art and the Daegu Photo Biennale in Korea, ArtParis at The Grand Palais, the START Art Fair at The Saatchi Gallery in London, and The Santa Fe International New Media Festival in New Mexico. Her collectors include the Singapore Art Museum, the National Museum of Singapore and The Arts Club Permanent Collection in London.

Tugo Cheng, Art, 40 under 40 2017
Tugo Cheng
Professional architect & artist

Tugo Cheng is a Hong Kong-based fine-art photographer and professional architect. Influenced by his architectural background, he pays special attention to the order and rhythm in landscape and the visual impact of photography. With the intent to raise awareness for conservation, he has focused on the landscapes of China in the past decade, and his book Discovering China includes some of his award-winning works. Capturing the abstract and poetic compositions of the South China coast, his seascape series Coastal Geometries, received worldwide recognition and earned him the title International Discovery of the Year 2016. Exploring life and the cityscape of Hong Kong from a unique perspective, he published and exhibited his aerial series City Patterns in the same year. Cheng’s works have been showcased at art fairs and exhibitions in Hong Kong and Europe.

Vivian Ho, Art, 40 under 40 2017
Vivian Ho

Wesleyan University graduate Vivian Ho’s work reflects on her deep emotional attachment to the city of Hong Kong, and her figurative oil paintings and mixed-media works capture an authentic view of everyday life in the city, from busy street markets to elderly kung fu practitioners. She has held multiple solo and group exhibitions in the US, Italy, Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong, and became the youngest ever key artist to exhibit at the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF). At 23, she started a column at U Magazine and was named one of the top five artists to watch at the Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong. She has been selected as the key artist for HKIFF, Hong Kong Repertory Theatre and the MTR South Island Line. Ho is currently represented by A2Z Gallery and showcased her large-scale pastel works at Art Central.

Xie Rong, Art, 40 under 40 2017
Xie Rong

Currently living in London, artist Xie Rong, aka Echo Morgan, assumes the role of director, performer, narrator and film-maker in her multi-faceted practice. The artist manipulates familiar Chinese imagery such as the national flag, blue-and-white porcelain and goldfish to create contemporary motifs from traditional typography.

Her broad oeuvre consists of films, performance, paintings, prints, short stories and audio pieces. Held at Galerie Huit this March, her Hong Kong debut exhibition titled Home featured large ink paintings made during Xie’s inaugural performance I Am A Brush at London’s Royal College of Art in 2011, where she appropriated her hair as a brush and wrote calligraphy on a roll of paper. Xie’s work has been exhibited in Miami, Brighton, Beijing, Gothenburg, Shanghai and Hangzhou.