Artist Talk: Oscar Chan Yik Long


Oscar Chan Yik Long is known for his black-and-white figurative work in ink, graphite and other techniques. His imagery references Oriental mythology, twentieth-century cinema (notably horror movies) and late-nineteenth-century Occidental graphic art.

In Chan’s interview for Kohta he talks about his practice of making immersive murals, spirituality reflected in his work, ink as a medium and the mythological motives in Pun-Gu.

“There are four major mythological motives in my murals and they are dragon, tortoise, Fenix and tiger. They are famous as traditional beings in Chinese mythology. Like the guardians of different directions or colours or animals. As guardians, I think, they are supposed to protect the world but after the pandemic I started to think that the whole world is collapsing, so even the guardians they don’t know what they can do anymore. So, I depicted them so that they look a bit scary. At the same time, they are trying to reconstruct the world to make it better for us.”

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Oscar Chan Yik Long’s exquisite mural is part of the First International Festival of Manuports exhibition at Kohta.