Hong Kong / Switzerland
David Stein, a widely traveled Hong Kong-based Swiss artist, is as complicated as his paintings – deeply spiritual, serious, quirky and devilish. His work is in collections in Hong Kong, America, Israel, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, Turkey, Thailand, Austria, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and France.
Color, light and emotion drive David Stein`s painting to new levels of abstraction in his third exhibition in Hong Kong: To Live is to Love. Painting is an obsession for Stein which conveys his idea of "from the real world to the dream world”. He is a good practitioner of “plein air” painter who plays with natural light and shade. Stein employs a wide range of colors in his work, but usually limits the hues in the paintings. Color and tough brushstrokes express the intense emotions which inspire him. “The interplay of light and shade shows my belief that light can emanates from every direction no matter how dark it is”, Stein says, “You don`t need to paint. It's there. What I do is to depict them according to what I see. Sometimes it takes months and sometimes years but ultimately it will be out, suddenly but seamlessly, like the early spring water flow through the mountains.” […] “I want my paintings to light up people`s life – to show people something they haven`t recognized in themselves.”
We have been refused to look and enjoy abstract relationships, colors and forms, however we enjoy music without any questions. Nobody would ask: ‘Does music have meaning?’ The meaning is about the emotion but we don’t need to interpret those feelings. So it is with painting.”