Sustainable Future, Hong Kong Tales
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Issue: #022 - 17 November 2014
The Diarist's Note

 

Our series on hidden artists continues with dedicated street-scene sketcher, Oliver Chan Ho-man. At just 24 years old, the rollerblading instructor has been drawing since a young boy but is entirely self-taught. When younger, he loved drawing cartoon characters but as an adult he has focused on the urban jungle of this city, documenting the streetscapes of the older districts. In this issue of Urban Diary, we feature Oliver's story and a collection of works from his "Sham Shui Po Series".

'Shutter-therapist' Joanne Leung Po-wah, Wan Chai storyteller Wong Sau-ping and concrete-jungle sketch artist Oliver Chan – they all excel in applying artistic techniques to the most local of subject matters to document Hong Kong. They are all hidden artists, with no desire to seek fame or fortune; for them, art is about life balance, conservation and fulfilment. Their stories and their works remind us to slow our pace, observe the world carefully and learn to appreciate Hong Kong's diverse and rich surroundings, and the talent and insightfulness of Hong Kong people.