“The World of Tim Burton” Brings Together Renowned Local Artist Michael Lau and Tim Burton
The most anticipated worldwide hit – “The World of Tim Burton” Touring Exhibition has been staged in Hong Kong from November till 23 January 2017. The exhibition unleashed an unprecedented Tim Burton collaboration with renowned Hong Kong contemporary artist Michael Lau who is dubbed “Godfather of Urban Vinyl,” for his iconic urban vinyl artworks.
Lau has been invited to create 2 new limited-edition figures to commemorate the upcoming Hong Kong Tim Burton exhibition. This extraordinary crossover of the two artists forges the pinnacle version of art jamming, merging local art with international creativity.
The launched community engagement campaign aims to promote local art development in Hong Kong while offering Tim Burton fans an opportunity to support these collaborations.
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Michael Lau will be recreating two iconic characters - Tim Burton’s Balloon Boy (2009) in a 12” action figure and Lau’s iconic Gardener duo, Maxx and his pet BB, in a 6” vinyl figure. Paying tribute to Tim Burton, Lau reinterprets the characters by seamlessly merging the signature style of both artists in an approach that truly embraces their respective creative uniqueness. Paying homage to Burton and showcasing Lau’s style, the characters combine the signature spiral arrow and iconic eyes from Lau’s crazy children’s (2001) series.
Michael Lau says, “I have great respect for Tim Burton. We are both creators of characters. His work inspires me a lot. I’m very honoured to have been invited to participate in this project, where I can reinterpret Burton’s character with a ‘Michael Lau’ twist, and recreate my own character adding Burton’s essence. I like the synergy a lot. It’s my dream that my own character can appear in Tim Burton’s movies. It’s still a dream to me but now I feel like I’m 1 step closer, and I’ll always wait for Tim’s nod.”
Bound to spin-off a new wave of frenzy, a limited quantity of just 500 figures of each character will be produced, all individually numbered. The figures will be available for purchase as 2 of the packages in “The World of Tim Burton” Hong Kong – Be Part of It! Programme and their prototypes are displayed at the exhibition shop. Making it clear that no additional figurines will be produced, they are a must-have for all Burton and Lau fans and collectors alike.
Exhibition Inspiration I - HKD 2,500 (Limited to 500 Sets; 400 Sets available at KickStarter)
1 piece of The World of Tim Burton x Michael Lau 12” Action Figure based on Balloon Boy, The World of Tim Burton | 2 special edition tickets to the exhibition | The backer’s name will be featured on the Mosaic Wall in the exhibition venue | The delivery arrangement will be further updated by email. Delivery fee is not included | Targeted delivery date of the figure: Feb in 2017
Exhibition Inspiration II - HKD 1,600 (Limited to 500 Sets, 400 Sets available at KickStarter)
1 piece of The World of Tim Burton x Michael Lau 6” Vinyl Figure based on Maxx & BB, Michael Lau Gardener Series | 2 special edition tickets to The World of Tim Burton Hong Kong | The backer’s name will be featured on the Mosaic Wall in the exhibition venue | The delivery arrangement will be further updated by email. Delivery fee is not included | Targeted delivery date of the figure: Feb in 2017
About Michael Lau
An intriguing Hong Kong-based artist, Michael Lau is recognized internationally as the Godfather of urban vinyl art. Crowned by Forbes magazine in 2008 as one of the pioneers to spin off a cultural trend in the 90’s, he is iconic in the pop art culture scene as well as a popular household name for his typical street art style.
Throughout his phenomenal creative journey, he has held numerous exhibitions in major cities around the world, and takes pride in being appointed the first Hong Kong artist to design the China National Team uniform and footwear for the China BMX Team at the 2008 Olympics. This year, he has just completed his latest painting exhibition at Times Square titled “What? We Want!”
The World of Tim Burton Hong Kong
Address: ArtisTree | 1F Cornwall House, Taikoo Place, 979 Kind’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
Date: 5 November, 2016—23 January, 2017
Ticket sales: Cityline Hong Kong: www.cityline.com
“The World of Tim Burton” is organized by Jenny He, Independent Curator, in collaboration with Tim Burton Productions, and presented in Hong Kong by TAO Company. Exhibition venue sponsored by Swire Properties Taikoo Place.