"Two artists I've been a fan of for a long time" - Yoshitomo Nara
FOILGALLERY is pleased to announce an exhibition of Mel from Australia and Tak from Hong Kong, supervised by Yoshitomo Nara.
Mel Stringer, born in 1987 and works as a freelance illustrator based in Brisbane. Nara first got to know her some five years ago, when she sent a letter to him. Nara admits he gained a lot of power from Mel's works as the time just flowed him right by, creating work and exhibiting over the decade.
In the meantime, Nara met Yeung Hok Tak a.k.a Tak a few years ago through Nara's old friend who is an art director. Nara immediately liked Tak's work and keeps a close relationship with him visiting Hong Kong several times. Nara finds richness in the artist and his work with a unique background cultivated in the Sinophone world with the long-time under British rule.
Works by Mel depicting bold girls with simple lines and cute colours, and works by Tak filled with humor as an established comic writer- in this exhibition, you will find drawings by Mel and Tak as well as paintings by Tak, and their goods exhibited will be for sale in the gallery. The book entitled “Mel Tak” compiled by Yoshitomo Nara will also be released on this occasion.
*August 16; Yeung Hok Tak visits FOIL GALLERY
*September 8; Talk event with Yoshitomo Nara
(Mel Stringer visits FOIL GALLERY)
2013.9.10(Tue) − 10.6(Sun) at Willow Gallery in Aichi Triennale, Aichi
Mel Stringer Profile:
Born in 1987 in Darwin, Australia, and graduated from Casuarina Senior College in 2004. She now lives and works as a freelance
illustrator and visual artist in Brisbane, Australia. Solo exhibitions: Whole Heart Zine Distro (24 HR Art, Darwin, 2005), Blemished
(with Ben Constantine)(Lamington Drive Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, 2009), Paperdolls Have Sherbet Dreams (With Yellowcake)(Rabbit Hole Cafe, Brisbane, 2012).
Yeung Hok Tak a.k.a. Tak Profile:
Born in 1970 and grew up in Hong Kong. After secondary school, he pursued further studies in illustration and graphic design at
the Technical Institute, Sha Tin. He then went on to work in this field. In 1998, he began his career as a comic book artist by
publishing comics in Cockroach Quarterly. His debut personal graphic novel How Blue Was My Valley was published in 2002,
receiving much acclaim and attention in the local and international comic scenes. The French edition was published in 2007. Biu
Tung Wa Jap (The Psychic’ s Fairytales), his weekly comic since 2004, has been collected and published in book format over five
volumes, along with another two volumes of the comic strip Bak Gwei Kat Cheung (Cool-Blooded Theatre). In 2010, he worked as
the art director of the new animation film adaptation of Mcdull, a famous Hong Kong animation series. Solo drawing exhibitions:
Mad Grass Show (Hulahoop Gallery, Hong Kong, 2008), Mad Mushroom Show (Booday Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan, 2009).
Author：Mel Stringer,Yeung Hok Tak
Art direction and editing：Yoshitomo Nara
Price：1680yen（1600yen excluding tax）
Size：257 x 190 mm
64pages, soft cover
ISBN 978-4-902943-84-9 C0071
Scheduled to be released in mid August