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Swim and Stroll: Wimbledon graduate currently exhibiting in Hong Kong

Vivid oil painting of 2 people swimming in a pool
  • Written byEleanor Harvey
  • Published date05 April 2022
Vivid oil painting of 2 people swimming in a pool
'Night Swims no.13, Night Villa, 2020', Corn Shuk Mei Ho, 2016 MA Fine Art, Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL | Corn Shuk Mei Ho

Hong Kong Contemporary artist and Wimbledon graduate Corn Shuk Mei Ho is currently exhibiting at the Gallery by the Harbour in Hong Kong.

Until 2 May 2022, the exhibition features over 35 paintings and drawings from her 2 major series; ‘The Night Swims’ series, which started when she was inspired after swimming at night in Lantau Island in the summer of 2016; and her ‘Botanical Gardens’ series, which is on show for the first time. Both series explore her interest in what is lost and found.

Corn explores the deepest levels of the human subconscious through observation. The atmospheric tone of her drawings and paintings suggests a sensation of dislocation.

Photo of Corn's work on exhibition at the Gallery by the Harbour.
Swim and Stroll at the Gallery by the Harbour

The Night Series

In the Summer of 2016, overcame her own fears by swimming at night in Lantau Island. The breakthrough came from feeling her own breath in the water.

The series has grown to show the stories and people she met while completing an artist residency last year, and the stormy coasts of the UK.

Corn has recently experimented with different mediums, including applying beeswax. This gives a translucent texture to the oil paint and allows her to build richer layers on the canvas. The wax is used particularly to depict water splashes and the ocean as well as for skin texture.

Portrait of a person in a swim cap and swimsuit. They're looking off to the left
'Night Swims no.22, Portrait of a Night Swimmer, 2021', Corn Shuk Mei Ho, 2016 MA Fine Art, Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL | Corn Shuk Mei Ho
Oil painting of a person sat wearing a full body wetsuit, holding a surfboard.
'Night Swims no.10, Night Surfer, 2018', Corn Shuk Mei Ho, 2016 MA Fine Art, Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL | Corn Shuk Mei Ho
Oil painting of a person getting out of the sea at night. They've got a swim cap, swimsuit and gloves on. There's a small crescent moon in the sky
'Night Swims no.21, Half Moon, 2021', Corn Shuk Mei Ho, 2016 MA Fine Art, Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL | Corn Shuk Mei Ho

Botanical Gardens Series

This is the first time Corn’s entire ‘Botanical Garden Series’ is being showcased in public. Corn’s inspiration comes from the unique experience of plants coping with both harsh and pleasant weather conditions alike, observed from the daily walks she took with her dog in the nearby woods and parks. These seemingly common sightings often inform and change our daily emotions.

Corn has also collaborated with Wenxiangji to launch 2 mists inspired by the Botanical Gardens series, exclusively at the exhibition, so you can create a dream garden at home.

Oil painting of purple Wisteria flowers
'Wisteria in the Sexby Gardens, 2021', Corn Shuk Mei Ho, 2016 MA Fine Art, Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL | Corn Shuk Mei Ho
Framed oil painting of an overgrown garden with 2 foxes peering out
'Honor Oak Foxes Behind Our Garden, 2021', Corn Shuk Mei Ho, 2016 MA Fine Art, Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL | Corn Shuk Mei Ho

'Swim and Stroll' is on at Gallery by the Harbour until 2 May 2022