Wai Pong Yu

1982, Hainan, China


Wai Pong Yu is known for his complex and meticulous ballpoint-pen-on-paper drawings that stem from the rhythms and movements of lines, whereby each line follows the previous one, always moving forward without retracing itself or breaking. Delicate yet dynamic, precise yet sensuous, his inked lines create abstract images with an otherworldly presence.

The present work is from the artist’s ongoing series A Moment of Truth (2011–) where elements from nature lie at its core. Here, Wai has merged disparate segments from plants, rocks and the human body, into a composite work of striking harmony. To him, the image serves as a reminder that “equality lingers in a society predominated by partiality and discrimination.”

Wai Pong Yu moved to Hong Kong with his family at the age of 2. A graduate of the Fine Arts department of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, his works are in the collections of Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and Oxford University’s Ashmolean Museum.

POP ROCK in 2021 is Alisan Fine Arts’ first time working with the artist.