Friday night the Garage Works gallery in Sai Ying Pun opened a special exhibition featuring new works by SheOne, an old-school London graffiti artist.
Located in the Western part of Hong Kong Island, Garage Works is an art gallery with a unique twist.
On top of exhibiting art, Garage Works is also a manufacturer of vinyl toys. Friday’s opening not only included a series of canvases, but also showcased a limited edition vinyl figure “Black Atelier,” designed by SheOne.
Not familiar with such objects? Think of them as sculptures within the realm of contemporary art. Vinyl figures are both highly collectible and appreciate in value.
Hong Kong is a hot-bed of vinyl figure making, both for its pioneer artists (Michael Lau and Eric So,) and for its proximity to China, where most figures are made.
Garage Works is a well known manufacturer of figures and also releases collectible vinyl toys under their own brand, Made By Monsters. The new gallery has served as a launching pad for their collaborations with international artists.
It’s a smart niche. Figure design often intersects with street art, as in the current exhibition with SheOne.
Open for less than a year, Garage Works has already hosted several events including an exhibition by comic book artist Pat Lee and the launch of the “Grin” toy by Ron English.
This isn’t the first time graffiti artist SheOne has been in Hong Kong. A few years ago he headlined an event called “Deckart” for Royal Elastics.
Though the subject matter here is different, it’s possible to recognize his style from the abstract patterns he uses in his work.
This time around a suited figure seems to be the major theme of the exhibition and is pictured in several canvases (see images at top,) as well as in the vinyl sculpture.
Garage Works Gallery
257 Des Veoux Road West
Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong