Adrian Wong and Frank Sin - 20th Century & Contemporary Art: Online Auction, Hong Kong Hong Kong Thursday, November 30, 2023 | Phillips
  • Phillips is proud to present works by Hong Kong-based artists including Adrian Wong, Frank Sin, Chow Chun Fai, Lee Kit and Trevor Yeung. These works exemplify the city’s healthy, vibrant and diverse local art scene, one that continues to fascinate Hong Kong’s community as well as explore the interdimensionalities of the sprawling metropolis that it occupies.



    Nathan Road's neon lights at night

    Adrian Wong is an American-born sculptor and visual artist whose works stretch over a variety of mediums and practices in his investigation of his own relationship to the environment around him. Well regarded by many, his works are included in the Uli Sigg Collection, and the Dominque and Sylvain Levy Collection, as well as being on the receiving end of the prestigious Sovereign Asian Art Prize in 2013. His collaboration with Frank Sin, Electric Bauhania, pays homage to two of the city’s iconic motifs: the glow of neon advertisements, and its official flower of the Orchid tree.

    Though each artwork and artist seems different and detached from one another, they are all in fact all interlinked by their very conception. Through their creations, these artists achieve a kind of self-realization, a preservation of their own ideals and practices - artistically, culturally and otherwise in a city that is in a constant state of rapid and dramatic evolution. In their eyes we see Hong Kong as a city suspended in an eternal battle between conservation and modernization.

    What ultimately unites these artists is their fierce love for the city they occupy, its rich history and diverse heritage; a love then coupled with an intense insecurity about the future that awaits it.

    • Provenance

      Private Collection (acquired directly from the artist)
      Phillips, Hong Kong, 9 July 2020, lot 216
      Acquired at the above sale by the present owner


Lot offered with No Reserve

Electric Bauhinia

neon light on circular wooden base
150 x 150 x 11 cm. (59 x 59 x 4 3/8 in.)
Executed in 2017.

Full Cataloguing

HK$10,000 - 20,000 

Sold for HK$3,175

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20th Century & Contemporary Art: Online Auction, Hong Kong

30 November - 7 December 2023