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Sneak Preview: James Yuncken
James Yuncken, Airport 1 (detail), 2019, acrylic on canvas, 10 x 28 cm

Sneak preview: James Yuncken

James Yuncken is a longtime fortyfivedownstairs exhibitor and supporter. Sadly his exhibition of small paintings of Hong Kong scenes has been postponed, but we couldn’t resist sharing some of our favourite pieces! Keep an eye out here and on our Facebook and Instagram for new dates to view Travels With My Wife: Hong Kong around the Harbour and Airport. You can also visit for a sneak preview of the work!

Travels With My Wife is a new series of small paintings by James Yuncken, exploring bustling harbour and airport scenes in Hong Kong.

My wife travels to Hong Kong about six times a year for work. I go sometimes to keep her company. 

I 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. I had to paint all that! 

James Yuncken, ICC Building Hong Kong, 2019, acrylic on gesso board, 34 x 25 cm

James Yuncken, Airport 1, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 10 x 28 cm

James Yuncken, Haze, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 9 x 25 cm

James Yuncken, Ships off Lamma Island Power Station, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 9 x 27 cm

James Yuncken, Hong Kong Star Ferry, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 9 x 25 cm

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