The Paradise Associationare two visual artists whose practice focuses on painting, printmaking, book making, and ceramics. They work on projects individually as well as projects collectively. They especially share passion in Printmaking and Bookmaking, they aim to utilise our skills and our knowledge to make quality and fun book projects, zines and narrative based images. As well as promoting creative arts to a wider audience.
They have previously organised books, zines, ex-libris and printmaking exhibition/ exchange/ events/ workshops at various venues, Printmaking conferences and book fairs; for their artist practice, and for students, artists and staff from our previous teaching positions in Hong Kong.
Justin Larkin (b. 1984, Dublin, Ireland) received his MA in printmaking from the Royal College of Art London (2011) and acquired BA in printmaking from the National College of Art and Design in Ireland (2009). He taught Printmaking and Painting (part time) at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University 2018 to 2021.
Larkin’s practice utilises a variety of media which include painting, sculpture, print, book arts and installation. Themes that recur within the work relate to time, place, narrative, sense and nonsense, as well as themes of nature and technology. Larkin’s works are often imbued with an evocative sense of melancholy often found in the Romantic art movement, a quiet emptiness accentuated with an emphasis on nature.
He currently lives and works in Ireland.
An Gee Chan (b. 1987, Hong Kong) received her M.A. in Fine Art Printmaking from the Royal College of Art (2011) and acquired a B.A. in Illustration and Animation from Kingston University in the UK (2009). She taught Printmaking and Drawing at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University 2014 to 2022.
Chan’s practice employs various forms, including prints, drawings, paintings, murals, ceramics, and sometimes installation. Observations and experiences of daily life are important sources of inspiration for her. Such thoughts are transformed into visual records, statements, and comments. Her works have been exhibited in Hong Kong, Tokyo, London, Dublin and Manchester, and collected by Hong Kong Heritage Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum.
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