Cary Kwok is a London based artist well known for his exquisite ballpoint pen drawings. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he attended a footwear course there before moving to London to further his studies in the mid 90s spending six years at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design studying fashion at BA and MA levels. He graduated in 2001 with an MA in Fashion Design (Womenswear).
A fascination with fashion, period costumes, footwear and sexuality forms the nucleus of Kwok’s subject matter, the diversity of styles and street fashion of London as well as period films also influence him greatly. Subjects range from explicit male nudes to period portraits and still lifes. Hairstyles and shoes are among his favoured subjects with work often subtly alluding to issues of race, ethnicity, culture, gender and sexual equality.
Cary is represented by Herald St Gallery in London and has exhibited internationally in London, New York, Miami, Tokyo, Geneva and Zurich, including shows at Galerie Emanuel Perrotin, Miami, Attention to Detail curated by Chuck Close at FLAG Art Foundation, New York, Rude Britannia at the Tate Britain, London, Keep Your Timber Limber, ICA London, Taro Nasu, Tokyo and Hauser & Wirth, Zurich.
Plumage is a new collection of drawings by Cary Kwok exploring various black hairstyles of recent decades.
THE ART OF BARBERING EXHIBITION
Friday 24th Feb – Sunday 5th March
Archive Gallery, Haggerston