Chow Yun Fat's fitting room

Wilson Shieh2009

Hong Kong Museum of Art

Hong Kong Museum of Art
Hong Kong , Hong Kong

Shieh's favourite way of dealing with his subject matter is to present a narrative with human figures. In this portrayal of actor Chow Yun-fat, Shieh has put on display paper-doll-like figures of Chow in his many movie roles, tracing his career that spans thirty years and took him from Hong Kong to Hollywood. At the same time, it reminds the viewer of the spread and influence of Hong Kong popular culture. In a clever use of acrylic and collage of prints while keeping the gongbi style, the artist demonstrates how appearance and image-making, viz. conscious dressing and deliberation, can project different nuances of meanings.


  • Title: Chow Yun Fat's fitting room
  • Creator: Wilson Shieh
  • Creator Lifespan: 1970
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Birth Place: Hong Kong, China
  • Date Created: 2009
  • Theme: Figures
  • Physical Dimensions: w530 x h170 cm
  • Artist's Biography: Shieh received his Bachelor's and Master's of Fine Arts degrees from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1994 and 2001 respectively. He works in Chinese fine-line (gongbi) style figure painting, with contents of sexuality, role play, costume play and cultural symbols presented in a contemporary approach. In recent years, he has diversified his practice to include the use of other media such as printmaking, canvas painting, drawing and collage.
  • Type: Acrylic on canvas, digital print and gouache on paper

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