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Liger, Liger, Burning Bright

Exhibition View – Of Myth and Men – Initial Gallery (photo: Byron Dauncey)
Exhibition View – Of Myth and Men – Initial Gallery (photo: Byron Dauncey)

My exhibition Of Myth and Men, at Initial Gallery, came down a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve now had the time to digest everything. Thank you to everyone who came out to see my solo show. The exhibition’s opening night and artist talk were both well attended, and there was a steady stream of traffic throughout the run of the show. It’s always interesting to hear what others think of my work, and on a few occasions, I met people at the gallery who talked to me about their experience of my work. One of the great things about showing at a gallery with high visibility is that the walk-in traffic varies so much from young to old, students to artists, locals to tourists. I found the ones who asked the hardest questions were often the youngest children! They weren’t inhibited by anything and would ask question after question, dissecting the work with their curious minds.

Exhibition view – Of Myth and Men – Initial Gallery (photo: Byron Chauncey)
Exhibition view – Of Myth and Men – Initial Gallery (photo: Byron Chauncey)

I spend months, if not years, creating a series of work in my studio, and I often feel anxious to get the work outside of the studio, so that it can be seen by people. While creating the art, it’s a very private and personal experience, as I’m in my quiet studio working alone, one on one with the painting. Putting it out in the public can be both nerve wracking and liberating. Once it’s out there, it’s out there to do its own thing. And it’s out there to be seen. And on this occasion, it was seen and chosen to be featured on the cover of the new summer issue of Ricepaper magazine.

Liger, Liger on the Fall 2014 issue of Ricepaper magazine
Liger, Liger on the Fall 2014 issue of Ricepaper magazine

Liger, Liger (Chimera) was chosen for the front cover of the newest issue of Ricepaper magazine. Ricepaper is a quarterly Canadian magazine which has showcased Asian Canadian literature, culture, and the arts since 1994. You can find Ricepaper in stores across Canada.

This issue is also available to purchase online here.

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Next up, I’m busy preparing for my two-person show in Calgary at The New Gallery this October. This will include an artist talk at the University of Calgary, and I will be in attendance for the opening night. I will post more details on this show soon.

The Calm Before the Storm

The front window at Initial Gallery
The front window at Initial Gallery

Tomorrow is the opening night for my solo show, Of Myth and Men. Everything is hung, the paintings are lit…the work is ready to be seen. Finally! After four years of research, planning, and lots of work, I’m ready to show my paintings and am very excited for people’s reactions.

The calm before the storm…I dropped off my paintings at Initial Gallery this Sunday. Later that night, I was woken up by an extremely boisterous thunderstorm. I pictured the clouds in my paintings, with a storm looming overhead and took that as a good omen. The sound of the thunder was so loud, it was both a little frightening but also very exciting. Kind of like how I feel about the upcoming opening! It’s a bit scary to release these paintings out into the world. There is something very personal about revealing your artwork to the public, not unlike revealing something intimate about yourself to strangers, especially when you don’t know what the reaction will be. But it’s also very exciting at the same time.

This past week has seen plenty of buzz already for the exhibition, with lots of attention in the local press. Here are some of the highlights:

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Inside Vancouver’s Shawn Conner writes, “Roselina Hung’s exhibit at Initial Gallery will strike a chord with people who like their art with a pop-art, postmodern sensibility.” Read more here.

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The Georgia Straight’s Janet Smith writes, “We can’t wait to see rising Vancouver painter Roselina Hung’s Of Myth and Men show at the Initial Gallery, a whimsical, colour-soaked blend of art and personal history”. Read more here.

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The Vancouver Sun and Vancouver Courier have both chosen my exhibition as a must-see this week:

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WestEnder Vancouver’s Kelsey Klassen does a Q&A with me about my  paintings and exhibition. You can read the full interview here.

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If you are in Vancouver, I hope you will join me tomorrow night at the opening. I will also be taking part in this weekend’s South Granville Art Walk, giving an artist talk at Initial Gallery at 2 PM this Saturday. Hope to see you all there.

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Sun, Snow & Studio Visits Galore

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Cross country skiing in Callaghan Valley

January was unexpectedly busy but in a good way. Two short weekend trips to California, for some much needed sun, helped prep me for a rush of studio visits at the end of last month. Going from a weekend of snow to a weekend of sun was quite the turn of events. This year is already shaping up to be a busy one!

The vineyards of Sonoma County
The vineyards of Sonoma County
Driving across the Golden Gate Bridge
Driving across the Golden Gate Bridge
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Looking off the coast of San Francisco

Last weekend I welcomed members of the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver to my studio. It was a little cramped for space, as my studio is on the smaller side, but it was a nice cozy visit in from the freezing cold outside. It was fun to talk about the different projects I’ve worked on and what I’m doing next with my art.

My studio set up for visits
My studio set up for visits

It’s always a bit of extra work setting up my space for visits, but I also like getting to see all the different projects I have on the go laid out in front of me. A lot of the times while I’m working, I will have only a few pieces out on view that I’m actually working on, and everything else is wrapped up for safekeeping and also just to conserve space. Here’s a photograph of my studio as it was set up for the CASV visit, and the three different projects I have on view, Of Myth and Menpretty boys kill me, and Love is Touching Souls will all be showing sometime this year or next.

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Click to view the image larger

I’m busy making preparations for a solo show at Initial Gallery this June, with work from my Of Myth and Men series. In the meantime, there are a few pieces from my older 2010 series from 2010, The Way We Were, at Initial Gallery’s upstairs space on view right now. The Way We Were was originally shown at the Pendulum Gallery a few years ago, and I’m very excited to be a part of their upcoming show later this year. The other exhibition I’m working towards will be a two person show at The New Gallery in Calgary, Alberta of my pretty boys kill me drawings. A busy year indeed! To stay in the loop of where and when I’m showing, you can sign up to my mailing list, as I send out invites for my upcoming exhibitions by e-mail.

Photo by Charlotte Phillips, UAL Canada
Photo by Charlotte Phillips, UAL Canada

To cap off the run of studio visits last week, I was interviewed by the University of Arts London Canada Office as an alumna of Central Saint Martins, one of the five colleges of UAL. You can read the interview on their Facebook page here: Portrait of an Artist – Roselina Hung MA Fine Art CSM.

Made in Vancouver

Vancouver Magazine, November 2013
Vancouver Magazine, November 2013

It’s hard to believe I’ve been out of school for almost 10 years now. After moving back from London, I’ve been living and working as an artist in Vancouver. It’s not the easiest city to pursue art in, but there are many people here trying to put this city on the map in terms of art, from artists to galleries to collectors.

When I first moved back to Vancouver, I had a studio in East Vancouver and took part in the Eastside Culture Crawl. It was a unique experience where I was able to have a huge number of people come through my work space and see my work. I think in my last year of taking part in the Crawl, I had maybe around 1000 people come through my studio over one weekend. I don’t think many art events in Vancouver can tout those kinds of numbers. It was during this last Crawl that I met Frank and Liz Malinka. I remember the first thing I noticed was Frank’s blue patterned shirt and I commented on how it was similar to some of the patterns in my paintings.

Frank & Liz Malinka (photo by Lucas Finlay)
Frank & Liz Malinka (photo by Lucas Finlay)

The Malinkas bought a couple of my paintings that day, and I found out that they were long-time financial supporters, via Malinka Financial, of the Eastside Culture Crawl, which has grown into a major annual event in Vancouver. This month, the Malinkas have been featured in Vancouver Magazine’s “Made in Vancouver” issue, showcasing their art collection in their Vancouver home. My painting, Mom & Dad 4, appears in the background of their photo portrait, in which they’re playfully mimicking the pose of the figures. It’s great to see the painting up in their home and as part of such a diverse collection of local and international art.

Mom & Dad 4, Oil on wood panel, 20 x 24 in, 2009
Mom & Dad 4, Oil on wood panel, 20 x 24 in, 2009
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