Hong Kong, 19 October 2018 – Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) proudly presents The Illumination of Love and Philanthropy, a charity art exhibition that will inspire the public on the value of unconditional love for our next generation, our children. This is a celebration on the contributions of philanthropists and celebrities, a showcase of their lifetimes’ work and quotes, illustrating the influences they have on the world by their actions of love. The exhibition renders portraits of extraordinary individuals – artists, celebrities, statesmen and a missionary – as interpreted by two contemporary Chinese artists with distinctive styles of painting.
With benevolence and compassion, these individuals sought to influence others to do good, to be selfless, and to create a better world. This echoes with UNICEF’s vision to strive for a better future for every child. UNICEF HK invites the public to view this exhibition and celebrate 13 distinguished luminaries, Audrey Hepburn, Mother Teresa, Lee Kuan Yew and Bruce Lee to name a few. It will be a memorable experience to see the impact they have created and achieved for the world’s children.
To resonate with the theme of this exhibition, the public can choose to participate in the “Pay It Forward” campaign on-site and receive an electronic postcard of their liking in the form of the art pieces portrayed. With each postcard received, our Creative Partner, Art Futures Group will donate five (5) Hong Kong Dollars to UNICEF HK.
Jane Lau, Chief Executive of UNICEF HK, expressed: “UNICEF HK is delighted to host its first ever charity art exhibition. We believe art transcends time and all human boundaries, just like the good deeds that the 13 heroes and heroines have done in the field of philanthropy, changing lives not only within their era but also the generations that follow. There are many ways to make the world a better place for every child – we hope this exhibition will excite viewers in their journey of philanthropy.”
Christine Ip, CEO – Greater China of United Overseas Bank (UOB), said: “At UOB, we believe that art is more than a language or an expression and is transformational to the communities. We support UNICEF HK’s charity art exhibition as part of our long-standing commitment to encouraging social development through art education and support to children. The distinguished luminaries featured in the artworks add a meaningful context to the exhibition, inspiring members of the public to contribute their unconditional love to children and future generations.”
Jeremy Kasler, CEO of Art Futures Group says: “AFG is honored to be part of this meaningful project. Through the distinctive style of two well-known Chinese contemporary artists, Ren Zhen Yu and Zou Cao, art acts as the bridge to transform the wisdom of our ancestors and uplift the excellence of our next generation, our children through art.”
The event is made possible with Supporting Partner UOB， Creative Partner Art Futures Group and F&B (Cocktail) Partner The Grand.
The Illumination of Love and Philanthropy
UNICEF HK charity art exhibition
Exhibition dates: 19/10 – 1/11/2018
Opening hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Venue: Main Concourse, Podium Level 1, ifc mall
About the artists
Zou Cao (b. 1975)
Well known for his fingerprinted art, Chinese artist Zou Cao superimposes his fingerprint over images of famous faces and iconic beauties. Black-and-white portraits of legendary figures peek out from under an enlarged, brightly coloured fingerprint. By adding his own fingerprint onto his artworks, Cao asserts his unique identity and stresses the importance of every individual.
Ren Zhen Yu (b.1976)
Ren Zhen Yu has adopted a distinctive style of painting with scraper and palette knives, while completely abandoning paintbrushes. Complemented with vibrant color collage in composing portraits, landscapes or abstract designs, his creations are wondrously eye-catching, while brimming with endless vivacity and conviction.
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Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF
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