James Yuncken – Travels With My Wife: Painting Hong Kong from the water and air

Exhibition and Shows

23 Mar 2021 to 10 Apr 2021 Once Only Event

James Yuncken returns to fortyfivedownstairs later this month with a new series of very small paintings. After focusing on Australian cityscapes and landscapes previously, Yuncken expands his observations internationally, at a time when international travel is certainly off the cards for many of us.

Travels With My Wife explores bustling harbour and airport scenes in Hong Kong. The challenge of depicting a huge city on a small scale has resulted in intriguing snapshots of cosmopolitan life.

Of the impetus for the exhibition:

Yuncken’s wife travels to Hong Kong about six times a year for work. He go sometimes to keep her company. Yuncken didn’t expect a mega-city, an international finance hub to be fertile territory to paint.

But first the airport – an artificial island in the South China Sea which sets a multitude of airliners against clouded mountains rising above chilling rows of apartment towers in one direction, or a host of dredges and ships in the other – and then the harbour where ships of all shapes, sizes and ages, overwhelmingly industrial, grubby, somehow nevertheless romantic, inhabit a haze, tropical and industrial where everything is just a bit unclear.

Yuncken had to paint all that.

Event Dates

Once Only Event

23 Mar 2021 to 10 Apr 2021

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