I love the buzz of Asian cities. Hong Kong was always my number one with its international mix of people and blend of ancient Chinese traditions with ancestor worship, fortune telling, traditional Chinese characters, local small shops with indefinable products, high rise and contemporary design. Hong Kong was a Chinese world of its own.
I made three paintings in 2017 and 2018. I love Hong Kong was painted with love for a place that no longer exists. These works are now a tribute to my Hong Kong friends.
In 2021 I painted Hong Kong, view from an empty seat to symbolize the dismantling of democracy in Hong Kong.
It hurts to see Hong Kong with its ancient traditions and traditional Chinese characters slowly but surely being absorbed into the rest of China's communist uniformisation. But that is how power and history work. Hong Kong democracy had been a consequence of the colonial British Empire. Now the 'Chinese Empire' strikes back at the 'British Empire'.
Jeanne BodenI love Hong Kong #1, 2017oil on linen120 cm x 40 cm
Signed and dated 2017
Jeanne BodenI love Hong Kong #2, 2017Oil on linen120 cm x 40 cmsigned and dated 2017
Jeanne BodenI love Hong Kong #3, 2018Oil on linen120 cm x 40 cmsigned and dated 2018
Jeanne BodenHong Kong, view from an empty seat, 2021Oil on linen50 cm x 60 cmsigned and dated