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The Gallery by SOIL “Contemporary Meets Classic” Fine Art Asia 2022 Booth No. A1, A2 VIP INVITATION

The Gallery by SOIL would like to invite you to the VIP Preview and our exhibition themed “Contemporary Meets Classic” at Fine Art Asia 2022:

Each VIP ticket is valid for 2 people for unlimited visits to the fair throughout the period.

About Fine Art Asia

Visit The Gallery by SOIL at Booth #A1, #A2! We will look at some inventive ways in which contemporary lacquer artists have embraced unusual materials and making methods. A unique selection of lacquer art will be presented including distinctive works by National Crafts Master of China GAN Erke 甘而可, and Takashi Wakamiya 若宮隆志 who was awarded the Japan Cultural Envoy of the Agency for Cultural Affairs. Most of their works are being shown in Hong Kong for the first time. #Ganerke #甘而可 #TakashiWakamiya #若宮隆志

We look forward to seeing you at the fair!


Recognized as a National Crafts Master of China, GAN Erke 甘而可 (b.1955) has established a new standard for lacquer craftsmanship as well as reinvigorating this traditional art with new technical innovations. Preeminent among Gan’s varied lacquer styles is the marbled technique known as “rhinoceros hide” (xipi 犀皮), a kind of millefiori effect achieved through the application of multiple layers of coloured lacquer. Gan not only picked up this traditional craft, but also added new innovations, most notably his bold color combinations. He has comprehended and inherited the Chinese lacquerware tradition and developed his way onto a profound level with the embodiment of beauty-appreciation of the Song and Yuan Dynasties. Gan’s works reflects his aesthetic attitude whose aim is to sustain or revive the highest levels of traditional craftsmanship, by producing distinctive utilitarian objects of great subtlety and beauty.

Gan lives and works in Anhui, China. Collectors of his lacquer art include National Museum of China, National Palace Museum of China, the British Museum in the UK, The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York in the US, and private collections in China, Hong Kong and abroad. In 2011, Gan was invited to participate in the "International Symposium on Ancient Chinese Lacquerware" hosted by the Art Museum of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was invited to join the China - Germany International Art Exchange Exhibition held in Germany in 2012. A collection of Gan’s works in collaboration with Shang Xia were presented at Christie’s auction in 2015 and 2017.

Red-gold-patterned Xipi-Lacquer Small Circular Case

GAN Erke

Natural lacquer, ramie, ancient tile ash, mineral pigments and materials

H52mm x φ72mm


Tang Styled Lujiaosha-Gritting-Lacquer Bottle

GAN Erke

Natural lacquer, ramie, ancient tile ash, mineral pigments and materials

H210mm x φ100mm



Master Takashi Wakamiya 若宮隆志, an acclaimed lacquer artist, excels in traditional lacquer techniques with a high mastery level. He is also serving as director for the Hikoju Makie studio. This group of craftsmen designs innovative art objects based on the inheritance of traditional designs and motifs. Much more than creating decorative pieces, his works have interesting sculptural forms and superbly subtle colours that make three-dimensional artefacts unique.

Wakamiya tirelessly promotes lacquer art in Japan, throughout Asia and the world. He was appointed to be a Japan Cultural Envoy by the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2014 and actively took part in cultural exchange, exhibitions and lectures in the UK, Europe and China. He was awarded the Grand Prize of the Japan Ishikawa International Urushi Exhibition in 2014. The University Museum and Art Gallery of The University of Hong Kong collaborated with Wakamiya on a special exhibition "The Art of Contemporary Japanese Makie" in 2016, which was the first of its kind in Hong Kong. Wakamiya’s lacquer artworks were chosen to become a part of the permanent collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, UK and Museum of Lacquer Art in Muenster, Germany.

Nogime Temmoku Maki-e Tea Bowl


Natural lacquer, wood, gold powder, silver powder

H75mm x φ121mm


"The Fairy Fisherman" Teaware Tray


Natural lacquer, wood, tin powder

H15mm x W150mm x L500mm


Other Highlights

Dunhuang Series

Water Drain Bowl

HONG Yidong

Natural lacquer, natural colour pigments, wood-fired pottery, and silver/metal powder

H80mm x φ150mm


Dunhuang Series

Serving Pot

HONG Yidong

Natural lacquer, natural colour pigments, wood-fired pottery, and silver/metal powder

H60mm x φ90mm


Wing of Foliage - Light and Wind I


Lacquer, bamboo, linen, nylon cloth, Japanese paper

H180mm x W260mm x D340mm


Wings of Waves XI

Takeshi IGAWA

Natural lacquer, Washington palm leaf leaf stalk, cloth, etc

H290mm x W500mm x D700mm


Breezy Dance


Natural lacquer, goathide, linen, Japanese paper

H500mm x W560mm x D540mm




The Gallery by SOIL


Shop H, G/F Hollywood Building

186 Hollywood Road (Entrance at Upper Station Street)

Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Opening Hours:

12nn - 6pm, Tuesday-Friday

12nn - 6:30pm, Saturday-Sunday

Off on Monday and public holidays

Enquiry: 2217 9288 / 9559 3908


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