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

Nearby Accommodation

View All
Hotel Claremont Guesthouse

Hotel Claremont Guesthouse

South Yarra, Stonnington

Bedroom - King Or Singles

Apartments of South Yarra

South Yarra, Stonnington

Hotel Lobby

Hotel Lindrum Melbourne – MGallery by Sofitel

Melbourne

Gorgeous View of Melbourne from the Parkview Hotel

View Melbourne

Melbourne

One Bedroom Lounge

Metro Apartments on Bank Place

Melbourne

Reading lounge and fireplace

Alto Hotel on Bourke

Melbourne