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ESSAYS

Acting Dauntlessly

BY PAUL SERFATY

Society, violence and the Buddha in Wai Pongyu’s recent work

WAI PONGYU, Gandhara Buddha Study 2 (detail), 2015, ballpoint pen on paper, 30 x 21 cm. Courtesy Grotto Fine Art, Hong Kong.

Hong Kong artist Wai Pongyu is not one to exploit the commercial success of a formula. No sooner have his audiences learned their way into his meticulous works of ballpoint pen on paper than he expresses his artistic instincts in new ways. So far, Wai’s artistic language has been largely nonrepresentational, inhabiting a middle ground between abstraction and…

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