Watch the Throne
Keflione presents his most recent works which he blends the traditional Hong Kong culture with contemporary and street art elements. With a fusion of Asian and Western influences, Keflione illustrates an imaginary version of Hong Kong under his own rule. The artist applies different techniques and materials to create a series of paintings and 3-dimensional work in his distinctive style of hyper-egotrip concept inspired by graffiti and monarchy elements. Introducing himself as Kenzongshi (which means Ken Master in Chinese) in this show, the artist has created a mysterious and superior character behind the scene. His unique illustrative language mixed not only eastern and western elements, but also cultures across skateboarding, hip-hop music, street art and art deco.
Keflione demonstrates his royalness furthermore by creating the whimsical 3D printed oversize ring with the Chinese character Ken embossed on the front, and on the other hand his face features on an oversize and newly designed HKD1,000 banknote printed on currency paper with special ink and guilloche.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Ken who is also known as Keflione is a French artist, illustrator, type-designer and street artist based in Shanghai. A graduate of Central Saint Martins in MA Fine Arts, Keflione initially derived inspiration for his creations from street culture and street art. Started out writing graffiti and skating since his teenage years, Keflione’s artistic work is greatly influenced by skateboard culture, hip-hop music, art deco and graphic design, which are the recurring themes in his creative work. After participating in a few artist residency programs in Asia, Keflione settled down in Shanghai in 2011. Two years later, he cofounded a creative agency and production house Royalclub with his wife, and dedicates his time to art and design projects and collaborates with many influential brands.