blog.php-788 Andy Hei

With more than 25 years experience in the world of art and auctions, Andy Hei shares his thoughts on the art market as well as three of his unmissable pieces from the 2016 edition of the fair.

Tell us about your background. How did you become Director 2016 Fine Art Asia?

My background includes experiences in the field of art, I have over 25 years experience in the assessment and conservation of traditional Chinese furniture, my family is part of HL Hei, as they have been specialists in Ming and Qing pieces for over half a century. In 1999, I founded Andy Hei Ltd, specialising in furniture and Chinese antiques.

I always had a firm belief in Hong Kong as Asia's hub of the art world. I participated in many art fairs in London and New York, which lead me to, in 2010, create the first edition of Hong Kong Asian Antiques and Arts Fair, which has now become Fine Art Asia.

What type visitors does the fair attract?

Many of the visitors are dealers, collectors, curators and art lovers from all over Asia and the world. A stable proportion of visitors came from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The number of visitors from Southeast Asia, such as Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia has increased significantly since 2013.

What's new for the 2016 edition of Fine Art Asia?

For the first time, the 12th edition of Fine Art Asia will open its doors to photography. A new section dedicated to the art features a selection of Chinese and international galleries chosen by the Boogie Woogie Photography agency.

Visitors can enjoy the privilege of seeing a set of period photographs by the Japanese artist Nobuyoshi Araki, presented by Zen Foto Gallery - including Fashionable Woman (1980) and Love Song of a Woman's Journey (1981) . The work of the award-winning photographer Taiwanese Chou Ching-hui will be presented by the gallery I 愛 Eye, while a series of iPhone pictures will be presented by Alan Chan. Finally, the project "Hiding in the City" will be presented by Liu Bolin Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery.

Boogie Woogie Photography will also present three Hong Kong photographers, all inspired by nature: Elaine Liu, John Fung and Stephen King.

Do you have a work or a favourite artist from the next edition?

I love this painting that represents a noble woman, it reflects the growing market for painting during that time as well as the changes being made to portraits of government officials.

Part of the work is made of zitan, a wood which has a high artistic and material value.

Chinese painting of a noblewoman Qing Dynasty, c. 1760-1780, 54.5 x 42.5 cm Gibson Antiques, London Chinese painting of a noblewoman
Qing Dynasty, c. 1760-1780, 54.5 x 42.5 cm
Gibson Antiques, London

Joseph's coat of many colours bracelet D’Joya, Italy Price: £ 250 000 Joseph's coat of many colours bracelet
D’Joya, Italy
Price: £ 250 000

I also love this gold and diamond bracelet. It's a real patchwork with yellow gold, white and pink diamonds all cut differently.

Vajrasattva Shakti Mongolia, School of Zanabazar, late 17th–early 18th century Bronze H. 25 cm Rossi & Rossi, London and Hong Kong. Guide price in excess of $2 million Vajrasattva Shakti Mongolia, School of Zanabazar, late 17th–early 18th century Bronze H. 25 cm Rossi & Rossi, London and Hong Kong. Guide price in excess of $2 million

Finally, this bronze sculpture from the Vajrasattva Shakti School of Zanabazar Mongolia, dating from the late 17th to the early 18th century, is one of the masterpieces exhibited by Rossi & Rossi at the fair. The gallery has participated in the fair every year since its inception in 2006 and continues to surprise us since.

What advice would you give to a new collector?

You must believe in your first impression of the artwork. Then you must do your research and ask questions. That's why we encourage people to enter the galleries and visiting art fairs because it is essential to talk to gallery owners or artists directly.

How has the art market changed since you started?

The market for European and American art declined after the September 11 attack, and this is where China has emerged as a rising market.
In 2006, there were only 17 exhibitors at the first edition. Initially, the antiques industry did not show much enthusiasm; however, quickly enough galleries began to show an increasing interest. This fair was a real breath of fresh air for the antique industry.

How do you see Hong Kong in the international art scene?

Hong Kong is the centre of the art market in Asia and one of the three main centres of the art auction market, along with with New York and London. Galleries, auction houses and art fairs make it a real must for collectors, auctions and sellers.

The recent success of the major contemporary art fairs attended by the very positive results of Sotheby's in Hong Kong defy predictions of a slowdown in the art market.

What do you think of Barnebys, platform bringing together thousands of art objects in one place?

Fine Art Asia aims to present a wide range of collectibles for international art lovers. We combine antiques, impressionist modern art, contemporary art, jewellery, watches, design and photography. Therefore, we are pleased to see a new and dynamic platform like Barnebys share the same idea as us, presenting the public with all kinds of arts.

And I am delighted to see many friends and partners of the fair exhibit their items on this platform.

Fine Art Asia will run from 2nd to 5th October 2016 - Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. See here for more information.

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