mr clement born in Hong Kong, lived in London, based in Tokyo & Taipei.
2007-09 Master of Arts Degree, Royal College of Art, London
mr clement is the artistic pseudonym for my work as a sculptor and painter.
My practice often draws inspiration from comics and popular culture however I like playing with paradox and often approach my narrative sculptures and paintings through the lens of the Old Masters.
I enjoy finding small and interesting compositional elements in classical art but use a more direct way to express these elements, defined by my own minimalist aesthetic and humour. I have developed this approach as I feel it speaks to my main audience which has grown up with pop music, fast food, comics, TV and similar forms of visual entertainment.
The process of discovering recurring themes and hidden meanings in classical artworks not only gives me a new and profound contact with those works of art, Old Masters and even the bygone eras, it also helps extend my imagination, and enriches the stories and personalities of my characters.
I want my sculptures to communicate complex emotions purely based on their form, without dependence on captions or titles. In my works, there are many allegorical characters in the form of cartoons – my main character LAPIN is a melancholic seeker, which is sometimes depicted through figurative dramatisation. This technique is enriched from my study of classical art, such as how a woman rests her hand across her chest or tilts her head in a Raphael portrait to depict a certain sensibility.
I believe having a romantically playful layer in the narrative makes my work special. I like the idea of subverting the boundary between contemporary art and classical art, and creating paradoxes through giving the original work of art new contexts and meanings.
2018 July My Party Time by Rotofugi Gallery, Chicago
2014 May Lapin World Tour: Chicago by Rotofugi Gallery, Chicago
2012 Aug Lapin World Tour – Los Angeles by Toy Art Gallery TAG, Los Angeles
2011 Jun Lapin World Tour – Sofia by Sofia Design Week 2011 & The Museum Gallery Of Modern Art, Sofia
2010 Dec Hide & Seek by The Basement Gallery, London
2010 Apr Loin des yeux, loin du Coeur by Artoyz Gallery, Paris
2006 Dec Yeah Kou Phobia launch Exhibition by Playlounge, London
2005 Mar Lapin World Tour #3 – London by Playlounge, London
2003 Jun Lapin World Tour #2 – Non-stop Game by Inknight Galleria, Paris
2000 Dec Lapin World Tour #1 – the Chemical Warfare by Chemical Suzy Bar Gallery, Hong Kong
2000 May Free To Draw – Solo Exhibition by Fringe Club, Hong Kong
2018 May Affordable Art Fair HK Presented by Hypeart Gallery, Hong Kong
2016 Apr Young Art Taipei 2016 Presented by VTSS Art Space, Taipei
2015 Nov ART KAOHSIUNG Presented by In River Gallery, Taipei
2015 Jul ART Taichung 2015 Presented by GAI ART Gallery, Taipei
2015 May STROKE MUNICH ART FAIR 2015 Presented by Artscouting Gallery, Munich
2015 Apr Young Art Taipei 2015 Presented by GAI ART Gallery, Taipei
2014 Sep Pictoplasma Mexio by Pictoplasma, Berlin and MARCO Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, México
2014 Apr Young Art Taipei 2014 by Gai Art Gallery, Taipei
2014 Apr THE PICTOPLASMA PORTRAIT GALLERY by Pictoplasma, Berlin
2013 May WHITE NOISE Exhibition of Contemporary Character Design and Art by Pictoplasma and La Casa Encendida, Madrid
2012 Mar Asia Top Gallery Hotel Art Fair Hong Kong 2012 by AHAF, Korean, Hong Kong
2010 Sep Core Gallery Open Submission Exhibition for Deptford X 2010 by Core Gallery, London
2010 Jun Rejected 2010 by Menier Gallery, London
2009 Jul RCA FINALSHOW2 by Royal College of Art, London
2008 Dec Work in Progress Show by Royal College of Art, London
2014 Dec Ji Ja Café by Lapin Factory. Ltd, Hong Kong
2011 Oct Points de chute by Warum, Paris
2009 Feb When we fall by Royal College of Art & Lapin factory. Ltd, London
2008 Mar The Waiting Room by Royal College of Art, London
2006 July Yeah Kou Phobia by Lapin factory. Ltd, London & Rewind Records, Hong Kong
2004 May The Gorgeous Habour Le Port Magnifque by Rewind Records, Hong Kong
2003 Oct Window by Lapin Factory. Ltd, London