2016 HONG KONG (Art Basel) M.CHAT
8 avril 2016 par Thoma
Graffiti artist M. Chat scales wall of Hong Kong hotel as he paints signature smiling cat
Thoma Vuille ascends Hotel Jen for nine-day project to bring ‘humour and humanity’ to city.
A graffiti artist known for his iconic smiling cat paintings has started painting a huge mural on the side of a Hong Kong hotel.
M. Chat – real name Thoma Vuille – scaled the side of the Hotel Jen on Queen’s Road West on Saturday as he began work on his nine-day project.
The 38-year-old French-Swiss artist was strapped up in full climbing gear as he navigated the hotel’s scaffolding up to 40 metres above the ground.
He planned to complete his 13 metre by 13 metre artwork by March 20 as part of Art Supermarket’s Talking Animals exhibition, in partnership with this year’s edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong.
Later this week he also planned to paint a mural at wine cellar La Cabane on Hollywood Road in Central.
Speaking to the Post, Vuille said he wanted to bring “humour and humanity”to Hong Kong with his creations.
He explained that in each of his paintings “the grinning cat aims to bring positive energy and a smile to the city”, or, as he put another way, to bring “a bit more humanity and humour” to the city.
For this reason Vuille thought the scale of the project – going “higher and bigger” – would add heft to the message.
The artist came to Hong Kong 10 years ago and said he had always wanted to return to paint due to the city’s “strong energy”.