From Palate to Palette - paintings by Esther Chow
Written by James Louie
As a product of food-obsessed Hong Kong, it’s no surprise that artist Esther Chow has developed a passion for gastronomy and the desire to express this on canvas. A Fine Arts graduate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chow sees painting as an opportunity for her eyes to “eat”, capturing the fleeting beauty of the edible creations in an evocative manner.
In an upcoming solo exhibition to be held in November, each piece has arisen from her fascination with the variety of colour, form and texture of certain combinations; hybrids between the natural and the man-made. Chow sees food as a way to connect to nature, or perhaps our only access to nature in a 9 - 5 day in the city.
Chow also plays with perception and scale to dramatic effect. Her three-by-four foot canvas on fried rice come emblazoned with shrimp painted the size of a person’s head. For the artist, it’s a tribute to food as an expression of affection, a marker of memories, and a source of imagination. Her work is an effort to strike a balance – keeping a tension between serious brushstrokes and the humour within. Food, Chow believes, should be a fun and joyful experience.
Yew Chung International School -
3 To Fuk Road, Kowloon Tong
During exhibition period:
Entrance on 3 To Fuk Road 添福道
(Kowloon Tong MTR exit D)
Entrance on Tim Fuk Road 多福道
(Kowloon Tong MTR exit E)
Monday - Friday 3:30 - 7pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm
Click here for map