The Gallery by
The Gallery by SOIL is dedicated to presenting the art of lacquer from Asia.
It is probably the first gallery in Hong Kong which brings together lacquer masters and artists of diverse cultures, blending the traditional with the contemporary to showcase variety in the discipline.
Since 2012, SOIL has devoted most of our efforts and resources to the design and research of this art form.
HO Ka Man
Graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Canada, HO Ka Man 何嘉文 is a self-taught lacquer artist based in Hong Kong. He came across lacquer making through Chinese tea culture and Japanese kintsugi, an art of repairing ceramics with natural lacquer and gold powder. He was fascinated by the plasticity, moldability of the medium and also the durability and diversity in tactile impression of the end result.
In creating lacquerware, he utilises the traditional lacquer technique, bodiless and formless in particular and creates sculptural objects and utensils in a modern context. He firmly believes in the importance of continuity of this unique Asian medium, and wishes to explore its variability through making of daily utensils.