Vagaries in Mustard Seed Garden

Works by Galen Tse

April 9 - 30, 2015

Artist will be in attendance at the opening on April 9th (Thursday), 2015, 6 - 8pm

Ever since the Qing Dynasty, the Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting has been the guide-book for students of Chinese ink painting. Artists usually are proud of themselves if they have practiced and followed through the manual’s enlightenments. Galen Tse, a local born and trained artist, is to show us his efforts after walking through the garden. He has reinterpreted the imageries there into vagaries of his own.

“As a city person, I live in the real world of everyday life. Often I imagine myself traveling to a wonderland, enjoying the scenic mountains, taking a walk by the water, with birds as friends, and listening to the sound of running stream. I hope to forget about the travails of daily life in search of some tranquil landscapes in my mind,” Galen Tse said of the contents of his exhibits.

Tse has been working with conceptual photography, painting, and multi-media in Hong Kong art scene for more than ten years. His art pieces usually focus on the integration of people, sceneries and objects. He is also enthusiastic in the adaptation of different creative media in his works as he believes that art is basically a performance of the creator’s mind and character. Tse's works are now in the collections of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, as well as many corporate and private collectors.

“Every item in our life seems existing independently and, in fact, is closely connected to some others forming relationships like you and me. When creating for this series of paintings, for me, it was like travelling on a magical journey over different periods of time. The passage is rewarding though surreal. The experiences and emotions of my daily life, be it bitter or sweet, have subconsciously become integral parts of my works. These vagaries assume a balancing effect on my works,” Tse stated.

Vargaries in Mustard Seed Garden exhibition will open at Art Beatus Gallery on April 9, 2015 and will continue until April 30, 2015.

For further information or interview with the artist, you can contact us at or call Dominic Chan at 2522-1138 or Josephine Hau at 2526-0818.

Art Beatus Gallery is located on the ground floor of 129-133 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong.

Gallery Hours: Mon-Sat 11am to 7pm, Closed on Sundays & Public Holidays.

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