Tung Wah Group of Hospitals (TWGHs) has been very active in promoting “social inclusion” by providing a variety of rehabilitation services to the people with disabilities. TWGHs i-dArt focuses on using arts as a means to develop the disabled, nurturing their art talents on one hand, and on the other hand, aiming to arouse social awareness and recognition of their potentials and encourage social inclusion through art.
A team of TWGHs i-dArt disabled artists will be heading to Los Angeles, US in August this year to attend a joint-exhibition at the Chinese American Museum. TWGHs expects this occasion can widen the horizon of the disabled artists and encourage them to continue to excel in their art creation. This overseas exposure, meanwhile, will also be an effective means to demonstrate the achievements of the disabled artists while fostering the public to understand people with different abilities.
Following the opening ceremony on 9th August 2014, the exhibition will be opened until 14th December 2014. 30 paintings and 10 ceramics artworks from i-dArt disabled artists will be exhibited. All art pieces are the spiritual nature of the artists, who externalize their expressive impulse in an anti-tradition way.
Ah-kai’s favourite themes on painting are people and landscapes around him. He excels in painting portraits in watercolour. In the recent 5 years, he also started to practise other art media, such as acrylic, collage, pasters, sketching and calligraphy, to fully develop his art potential. His hands tremble less than before, as he can control his hand muscles better. Now, he is developing his ink painting techniques. For his good sense of colouring, his creations have a flavor of contemporary beauty, being more in details and powerful as conveyed by both east and west elements.
Ka-cheung is full of imagination, having numerous strange and funny ideas. He even adds many personal touches to his paintings while copying from the famous artists, so to make his works unique. Same for writing calligraphy, he sometimes will re-arrange the word order or add some images to his works, instead of simply copying the master copies. It is easy to note that Ka-cheung tends to use dry brush to express the overall impression of his ink paintings. Most of his fellow painters are in the pursuit of detail in the paintings, but he likes crude dry brush to outline the form before blending in with soft and warm colours, demonstrating a very unique painting style.
Ka-yan loves drawing words from advertisement, portraits of Buddhas, historical figures or characters from legends. Like her character, her drawings are frank and open.In her early period of painting, Ka-yan was unable to keep the scale of her painting objects. Quite often, at the end of the painting, she would find no more space available to complete the images. Thus, many of her earlier paintings were out of proportion. After a year of practice, she has significant improvement in applying the technique of proportion, and the look of the portraits have become more consistent. Her paintings become more colourful because she is more skillful in both colour selection and mixing.
Lisa enjoys life very much, she will keep on telling you things that she knows on those topics she is interested in. On painting, her subjects mostly are about animals and landscapes. She is particularly fond of the little creatures under the deep sea. With a touch of a young lady’s love and affection, these colourful little creatures look emotional and romantic. Lisa, recently, has tried to produce 3D artworks by using polymer clay to make pottery. She is bold in demonstrating herself through different means.
Tung-mui will give her full participation in, no matter, painting, calligraphy, ceramics or dancing. Invested in these art creations are her passionate emotions and thoughts on life. In these four years, she has been actively trying different materials for creation, using multimedia to express her inner thoughts. Being very demanding on herself, she always practises each piece of artworks repetitively. Then she takes a very long time to select her most satisfied piece of work, before she is willing to sign on it.