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ANTON POON 

Yuen Long, NT, HONG KONG 

Tel. : +852 6573 5334

Email : antonpoonsculptor@gmail.com

Site : www.antonpoonsculptor.net

FB : https://www.facebook.com/hai.kon.31

 

 

 

 

BIOGRAPHIE

 

 

Reinvestigating The Present

Award-winning Young Sculptor Anton Poon

Explores The Fusion of Chinese and Western Cultures

 

Born in Hong Kong and turned 31 lately, Anton POON is an award-winning sculptor who holds a master’s degree in visual arts. His solo exhibition "Reinvestigating The Present”is scheduled for 1-11 September 2020, featuring 8 pieces of his sculptures entitled “Odyssey”, the latest works of his Modular Identity Series. Anton continues to use the uniqueness of volume and a combination of different materials to explore the relationship and integration between Chinese and Western cultures. The opening ceremony of his solo exhibition will be held at 5:30p.m. on September 5 (Saturday). Arts enthusiasts are welcome to visit this remarkable exhibition.

 

After studying and working in Australia for 16 years, Anton returned to Hong Kong in 2018 to further his career, with an aspiration to expand his scope to mainland China and the international art arena. Different from Anton’s previous works, Odyssey series witnessed a release from the psychological state of "disconnection", "lack of belonging" and "unsuitability" as in his previous works created under the overseas context. This new series boldly uses complex geometric shapes, to create open, diverse, and multi-angled forms, presenting the dialogues between different cultures in a relaxed, pleasant, and light-weighted tone and manner, signifying a new milestone in his creative journey.

 

Anton hopes to employ the notion of "change" as a medium to interact and communicate with the community and inspire their spiritual reflection, creating experiences that are free from emotional turbulence nor fear for the future nor boundaries of the past.

 

Anton said, "Upon returning to Hong Kong, I have gone through a journey of adaptation covering many different aspects. The new works featured at this solo exhibition are composed of different patterns and shapes. They record my re-acquaintance of Hong Kong and the places I have visited. I hope the audience will feel this journey of mine.”

 

Anton continued, "I have always used traditional methods and materials, such as iron or steel, in the course of learning orthodox sculpture. This exhibition witnesses my use of 3D printing technology to create works for the first time. Combining tradition and technology is a bold attempt and challenge for me. Another new attempt is the use of plastic, which is very versatile and flexible enough to be changed, ideal to express my exploration of adapting and transforming in Hong Kong during the past 18 months, representing my feelings about Hong Kong, and a reflection of the process of my embarking on a new stage in my sculpture creation. "

 

 

About The Artist - Sculptor Anton Poon

 

 

The sculptor Anton Poon, born in 1989, currently lives and works in Hong Kong. His sculptural practices, in which he predominantly works with corten steel and bronze, expands from Hong Kong to mainland China, Australia, and the international art arena. In 2016 he graduated from the Australian National University School of Art and Design (ANU SoAD) with a Masters of Visual Arts with honors. He was later engaged at the same university as a sessional lecturer and technical officer.

 

The materials he uses for his elegant and clear works of art represent a very important part of his craft. He believes that communication among people, the environment, and materials are an important direction for his creation. He likes to use Corten steel, a kind of material that rusts and changes with the environment and weather, which makes the works unique and truly blends with the place.

 

Over the last four years, he has collaborated with landscape architects, professional artists, and development companies. With his sculptures, Anton aims to explore the concept of cultural transition, with metaphors such as bridges and tunnels or the use of abstract modular forms. He wants to bring the viewer nearer to a theme that is very close to his own heart. In his teenage years, he left his home in Hong Kong and settled in Australia, where he dedicated himself to his training as a sculptor. Anton sees his sculptures as a gateway for sharing his ideas and emotions physically and visually with outsiders of all cultural backgrounds.

 

Anton’s "Modular Identity Series" works are in private collections in Hong Kong and Australia.  Anton spares no effort in promoting public sculptures in the community. His work "Synergy" is collected by the Australian National University as a permanent public sculpture and his work "Not Quite There" is a permanent public sculpture of the Canberra Grammar School, Australia. In Hong Kong, he also cooperated with Pacific Bar Group to showcase "Mahjong Bridge" and "Modular Identity series" in designated stores of the group.

 

 

AWARDS

 

 

2020 

 

Semi- Finalist, Artbox Projects, Barcelona, Spain

 

 

2016 

 

Nominated for University Medal, Australian National University, ACT

 

Finalist, Jan Brown Drawing Exhibition, ACT

 

Sculpture in the Paddock School of Art Prize, Yass, NSW

 

Canberra Grammar School Residency Awards, ACT

 

 

2015 

 

EASS Belconnen Art Centre Solo Exhibition Awards, ACT

 

 

2012 

 

Finalist, Jan Brown Drawing Prize, Australian National University

 

 

VISUAL ARTS ACHIEVEMENTS

 

 

Permanent Public Sculpture, Synergy, Australian National University Art Collection, ACT, Australia.

 

Permanent Public Sculpture, Not Quite There, Canberra Grammar School, ACT, Australia.

 

Nominated for University Medal, Australian National University, ACT, Australia 

 

 

SELECTED SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

 

2019

 

ArtPlus Shanghai, China

 

ArtPark Australia, Sculpture on the Wharf 2019, Sydney

 

The 14th Edition of Asia Contemporary Art Show, Hong Kong

 

The Hong Kong City Art Fair 2019, Hong Kong

 

 

2018

 

6 Artist - Legacy, Hong Kong

 

Contour 556, ACT, Australia

 

Presence and Place, VIC, Australia

 

ArtPark Australia, Sculpture on the Wharf 2018, Sydney

 

 

2017

 

Design Canberra Festival, ACT, Australia

 

Sculpture on Clyde, NSW, Australia

 

Sculpture Bermagui, NSW, Australia

 

34th Annual Sculpture Survey, Gomboc Sculpture Park, WA,  Australia

 

 

2016

 

Graduating Exhibition 2016, ACT, Australia

 

Empire Global Art Award, ACT, Australia

 

Sculpture in the Paddock, Yass, NSW, Australia

 

Jan Brown Drawing Prize Exhibition, School of Art Gallery, ANU

 

Intersection, Acton, Canberra, ACT

 

Sculpture on the Edge, Bermagui, NSW, Australia

 

 

2015

 

EASS Belconnen Art Center Exhibition Award, Canberra, Australia

 

Capital Chemist Art Award, Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Canberra, ACT

 

Random, School Of Art gallery, ANU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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