“In Transit”, A Solo Exhibition of Louise Soloway Chan, A British- Born, Hong Kong- Based Artist

One moment of coincidence could lead to other deciding moments;
One stop for short stay, could turn into a life-long destination.
While we thought we were just In Transit to somewhere else, we might already be starting a prominent journey.


On 11thApril 2019, The Parklane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel is presenting a new exhibition showcasing works by Louise Soloway Chan, a British-born Hong Kong-based artist in collaboration with BAC and Yan Gallery.


Born 1962 in London and educated in England and India, Louise Soloway Chan is a visual story-telling artist trying to capture an essence of the rapidly changing city. Louise’s works had been exhibited extensively in institutions such as Royal Academy of Art, Whitechapel Gallery and National Portrait Gallery in London. Ever since she moved to Hong Kong, Louise was constantly drawn to picture the ordinary lives: men in suits rushing off to work, helpers getting children to school, and many silent voices and invisible hands that are the life force and backbone that keeps the city functioning. Observing & recording daily life has been a private passion of Louise which was brought into public viewby the MTR. In 2011, the MTR Corp commissioned Louise Soloway Chan to create a huge work consistingof 12 bas-reliefs about lives and traditional businesses in Hong Kong. The works are now permanently installed in Sai Ying Pun station.


Louise first came to Hong Kong in 1994, when the British Council invited her for three months as artist-in-residence . A chance encounter with someone working at the new airport led to a commission to create a bas-relief of the mighty, mountain-moving work-in-progress that became the Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok. By coincidence, the airport project became the reason why she settled here.


Being an expat living in Hong Kong, Louise never ceases to be “In Transit”. Although born and raised in UK, Louise keeps her experience living in Asia as her cultural identity. She embraces oriental influences in her works: she loves to use Chinese inks with acrylics on traditional rice paper; and the huge work consisting of 12 bas-reliefs commissioned by MTR in Sai Ying Pun station is influenced by the bas-reliefs of mythological figures as seen in Hindu temples.


“In Transit”, the exhibition at The Parklane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel shows over 10 works by Louise Soloway Chan, covering different media that Louise works with, such as ink and acrylic on paper, acrylic on canvas, bas-relief studies for the MTR and wall prints from Louise’s experiments on the iPad. 


The exhibition is going to last for three months. A series of talks and activities will be held in conjunction of the exhibition led by the artist and curators. Stay tuned! 

April 10, 2019