If you're looking for a Hong Kong art gallery, you won't have to search long. Art has well and truly arrived in Hong Kong and the city's art scene is as lively as it has ever been. In recent years, art galleries in Hong Kong have established themselves as the premier destination for those looking to pick up some Chinese contemporary art and also boast strong collections of regional art, particularly from Vietnam. Take a look at our Hong Kong Art Gallery Top Five for a taste of the best the city has to offer.
One of Hong Kong's most respected dealers of Chinese contemporary art, Connoisseur has an incredible eye for talent and has fostered some of China's most exciting, young artists in recent years. See them here now and five years later watch their paintings get snapped up for millions. Yet it's not all socio-realist prints and black canvases with a white dot in the middle, Connoisseur prides itself on presenting a variety of styles and traditions from China, South East Asia and further afield. Shop G3 Chinachem, Hollywood Road, Central.
Some art galleries in Hong Kong have a tendency to take themselves a little too seriously and a visit can be about as much fun as a trip to the dentist. Not Asia Fine Art, where they aim to "put the fun back into the art scene and break down some of the stuffiness and elitism that often exists in galleries and exhibitions". They combine this lightweight atmosphere with some heavyweight exhibitions and the gallery has a reputation for showcasing some of China and South East Asia's best, emerging artists. While there is an emphasis on the contemporary, the gallery offers a variety of forms and styles, and with over 60 artists from 7 countries there is plenty to choose from. 12 Sik On Street, (just behind 99-101 Queens Street East), Wan Chai.
Perhaps the only gallery in Hong Kong to display bonafide masterpieces, the walls of Opera Gallery have been home to Renoir, Picasso and Dali, to name just a few. The collection of European art here is rich enough to embarrass some major museums, but prices don't come cheap so whether you're in the market for a Banksy or a Monet, be sure to bring a fire proof credit card. Opera has branches in the US, UK and France, as well as elsewhere, and is happy to organise showings at your nearest gallery. 2-8 Wellington Street, G2 Floor, M88, Central.
A must for history buffs, Wattis Fine Art boasts a first class collection of prints, watercolors, and maps from Hong Kong's colonial past. The owner, Johathan Wattis, is a long-term British expat and has both a passion for and biblical knowledge of Hong Kong history. Whether you're looking for a memento of your time in Hong Kong or a specific print, Wattis can track down the ideal picture. The gallery also stocks a small number of prints featuring Shanghai, Guangzhou and a handful of other Chinese cities. 20 Hollywood Road, 2/F, Central.
All the buzz and headlines might swirl around socio-realist prints of revolutionary soldiers and Mao-suited farmers, but behind the vibrant Chinese contemporary art scene, Hong Kong keeps a healthy respect for more traditional forms of Chinese art. One of the best locations to find traditional Chinese art is Zee Stone Gallery which features oil, ink and rice paper paintings by Chinese masters. Prices are high, however. G/F, Yu Yuet Lai Building, Wyndham Street, Central