5 Hong Kong street artists you should know

5 Hong Kong street artists you should know

Street style

Text: Adibah Isa

Image: Facebook | HKwalls

As Hong Kong celebrates Art Basel and Art Central, we turn the spotlight on 5 artists from HKwalls, a nine-day celebration of street art in Wong Chuk Hang

1. Brain Rental
Brain Rental's black and white world seeks to detach you from reality, giving you a space to ponder on humanity's relationship with technology. The trio came together in 2012 and has been working on two and three-dimensional objects, illustrating humour and irony into their subjects. Whether they're live painting on a giant Vans sneaker (among their long list of clients which also includes Hermes, Nike and Lane Crawford) or working on a mural, all works echo the intricacies of Hong Kong's metropolitan lifestyle.'The Roamers' by Brain Rental

2. Messy Desk
Influenced by the style of French comics, Jane Lee (also known as Messy Desk) is an illustrator and comic artist that has worked with brands as varied as Kiehl's, EAST Hong Kong, Origins and Air France. Her brightly-coloured, detailed characters have been regularly featured in French zines, and exhibited in countries such as France, the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany. She was also invited to create a mural in Lodz, Poland in 2015. A member of Japan illustrators' Association and Hong Kong Society of Illustrators, Lee also distributes her art by way of mobile phone covers, which you can purchase here.

Messy Desk

3. Rodney Stratton
A New Zealand artist who's been living in Hong Kong since 2010, Rodney Stratton borrows inspiration from the daily happenings in Hong Kong. For his past and current work, he's observed street vendors, commuters and the lives of the vibrant city within the confines of the trains or local markets. Drawn to the grungy side of the glitzy city, Stratton believes in the people as landscapes and has been invited to paint warehouses and such. For HKwalls, look out for his work outside OVOLO Hotel. 

Rodney Stratton

4. Taka
New to the scene in Hong Kong, the Japan-born Taka works on illustrations and acrylic paintings, designs tees for South African heavy metal band 13th Empire and is a cat and tattoo lover. He's also the founder of clothing label, Lorn Clothing, another artistic extension of his craft.


5. Wong Ting Fung
The 34-year-old designer, illustrator and artist specialises in black and white drawings with pen and ink, as well as paints and brushes. His multi-layered work is a collage of realism, abstractism, illustration, graphic design and lettering, with motifs that can easily be planted onto skin. It's no surprise then, that he started designing tattoos last year. His first solo exhibition, 'Pieces', is currently held at Sense 99 in Central till 30 April. 

Wong Ting Fung

The HKwalls exhibition runs till 26 March from 12-8pm. For more stories on art, click here.