Hong Kong art gallery Art Supermarket is pleased to present Fish ‘n’ Chips, a solo exhibition of selected works from British graffiti pop-artist Szabotage. The Fish ‘n’ Chips collection is inspired by the artist’s signature Koi fish character and casino chips, which both symbolizing good fortune and wealth in Eastern and Western cultures. “Fish ‘n’ Chips” expresses hyper-British visual themes and the artist’s love of Cockney-rhyming slang. Even the term “Fish ‘n’ Chips” is a British double entendre meaning “hip”– bridging “Cockney cool” to Hong Kong's contemporary scene. The lucky Koi fish and casino chips speak to the interplay between the artist’s primary locales of Hong Kong and Britain.
This exhibition also features his other series of his collection “I can”, which is painted on deconstructed metal spray cans. Szabotage has always been aware of the intrusion of signage in everyday life that limit people’s freedom and choice and also sees negative message as “can’t do” pervasive in Hong Kong. While painting “en plein air” is paramount in European creative culture, the same practice is restricted in Hong Kong and Macau. Szabotage repurposes this idea to comment upon the restricted use of public space for creatives in Hong Kong and Macau.
Szabotage is a Hong Kong based, award-winning street artist and interior designer. A former East London resident, show credits include a completely sold-out exhibition in London. Since the artist’s arrival in Asia three years ago, he has been inspired by Hong Kong's iconic style of urban architecture and emotive streetscapes. His work and subjects are often a mix of popular culture and vivid use of bold colors, exploring themes of personal freedom. Szabotage has painted for HK Walls Street Art Festival and was a finalist in the global phenomenon “Secret Walls”, where he became notorious for his old-school graffiti and onstage antics. Patrons include Jaeger LeCoultre, Deutsche Bank, Haymarket Media, The Ritz Carlton, among many other exciting brands and establishments. The artist currently holds a seat as a Senior Designer at Steve Leung, previously working at Yoo with Philippe Starck, Marcel Wonders and Kelly Hoppen.