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Szabotage is an visual artist, street artist and designer, who has become a prominent figure on the local Hong Kong art scene since his arrival in Asia five years ago. Inspired by Hong Kong's iconic style of urban architecture and emotive streetscapes, his pieces incorporate bright neon colours mixed with popular culture references. Through his artwork, he explores themes of personal freedom with a humorous play on words.

Testament to his talent and popularity, the artists credits include a sold out exhibition in London, two successful solo shows and numerous group shows in Hong Kong. Szabotage originals have also been exhibited at the Asia Contemporary Art Show and the Affordable Art Fair in Hong Kong. Commission clients include Jaeger LeCoultre, Deutsche Bank, H Developments, The Ritz Carlton, among other brands and establishments.

Szabotage has painted for the HKwalls street art festival and was a finalist in the global phenomenon 'Secret Walls,' where he became notorious for his old-school graffiti style and onstage antics. These antics debuted on the TEDx stage in 2017 with his talk ‘Resilience is the Ultimate High’.

 

Fish 'n' Chips, 2017


“Balaclava Koi Orange”
Mixed Media Spray Paint and Graffiti Marker
60 x 90 cm
2017

“Balaclava Koi Blue”
Mixed Media Spray Paint and Graffiti Marker
60 x 90 cm
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“Balaclava Koi Grey”
Mixed Media Spray Paint and Graffiti Marker
60 x 90 cm
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“Fish N Chips Collection 1”
Spray Paint and Stencil
54 x 72 cm
2017

“Fish N Chips Collection 2”
pray Paint and Stencil
54 x 72 cm
2017

“Fish N Chips Collection 3”
pray Paint and Stencil
54 x 72 cm
2017

 

“Koi-D 2”
Spray Paint on Canvas
76 x 76 cm
2017

“Koi-D Black/Purple”
Mixed Media Spray Paint, Stencil and Graffiti Marker
76 x 76 cm
2017

“Koi-D Yellow/Blue”
Mixed Media Spray Paint, Stencil and Graffiti Marker
76 x 76 cm
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“Fish N Chipster Hipster Blue”
Spray Paint and Stencil on Paper
54 x 72 cm
2017

“Fish N Chipster Hipster Orange”
Spray Paint and Stencil on Paper
54 x 72 cm
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“Fish N Chipster Hipster Red”
Spray Paint and Stencil on Paper
54 x 72 cm
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“Lucky Koi Canary”
Spray Paint and Stencil
54 x 72 cm
2017

“Lucky Koi Ghost”
Spray Paint and Stencil
4 x 72 cm
2017

“Lucky Koi Corel”
Spray Paint and Stencil
4 x 72 cm
2017

 

"A Lil Koi - Yellow - Purple "
Spraypaint
24 x 30 cm
2018

 "A Lil Koi -Yellow - Red-" Spraypaint 24 x 30 cm 018

"A Lil Koi -Yellow - Red-"
Spraypaint
24 x 30 cm
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"A Lil Koi - Pink - Blue "
Spraypaint
24 x 30 cm
2018

 

"A Lil Koi - Yellow - Neon Red "
Spraypaint
24 x 30 cm
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“Koi N Chips”
Spray Paint and Stencil
63 x 94 cm
2017

“Don`t Panic U Can Koi”
Spray Paint and Stencil
63 x 94 cm
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 "Junk Life" Mixed Media Spray Paint and Graffiti Marker 60 x 90 cm 2017

"Junk Life"
Mixed Media Spray Paint and Graffiti Marker
60 x 90 cm
2017

 "The Cry" ixed Media Spray Paint and Graffiti Marke 60 x 90 cm 2017

"The Cry"
ixed Media Spray Paint and Graffiti Marke
60 x 90 cm
2017

 "The Kiss" Mixed Media Spray Paint and Graffiti Marker 60 x 90 cm 2017

"The Kiss"
Mixed Media Spray Paint and Graffiti Marker
60 x 90 cm
2017

 

"Double Dead Day"
Spray Paint, Stencil, Graffiti Markers
40 x 51 cm
2017

"Shine Bright"
pray Paint, Stencil, Graffiti Markers
40 x 51 cm
2017

"Japanese Geisha Dreams"
Spray Paint, Stencil, Graffiti Markers
35 x 61 cm
2017

 

"Good To Go Monroe"
UV Ink, Spray Paint, Stencil, Graffiti Markers
35 x 35 cm
2018

"Staunton"
Spray paint and graffiti markers
60 x 92 cm
2018

 "Shiny Koi - Pink / Blue / Green" 10 Limited Edition  LED light 90 x 66 cm 2018

"Shiny Koi - Pink / Blue / Green"
10 Limited Edition
LED light
90 x 66 cm
2018

 

"Message In A Bottle"
Spray paint, graffiti markers, ink, Laquer
120 x 60 cm
2017

 
 

The "Can Can" Collection, 2017


Artists in Hong Kong may not recycle empty aerosol materials through usual public channels. Szabotage discovered there is no legitimate and sustainable way to recycle spray cans without registering as a chemical waste producer and privately contracting the removal of cans. As an artist continuously consuming aerosol cans, Szabotage set out to creatively solve the problem of leftover spray cans. Through disassembling and objectifying the spray can, turning the medium into the object, the artist resolves the dilemma of aerosol can consumption and continues the positive life of the entire creative artifact.

Szabotage is inspired by playful use of language and exploring meanings of the word “can”. Furthermore, Ron Arad’s avante-garde industrial furniture design from the 1980’s informs the work. He explains: “I like to think the can and its process has unleashed my humour, and I have looked for ways to explore the humour and the coincidence of the use of the word “can”! I can! Can vas! We can! Tin man can! Can Can! [I take] a fun and light-hearted approach where the subject is informed by the can...

The “Can Can” collection takes on a new personality for my work and becomes very sexy and witty, as well as a hard piece of industrial-looking furniture for interiors. “In a way it reminds me of Ron Arad – the early days of welding the found objects together to make cool furniture.”

 
 “Stormzy” Spray paint, graffiti markers, ink on the recycled spray can base 139 x 88 cm 2018

“Stormzy”
Spray paint, graffiti markers, ink
on the recycled spray can base
139 x 88 cm
2018

 “Boba Fet” Spray paint, graffiti markers, ink on the recycled spray can base 97 x 66 cm 2018

“Boba Fet”
Spray paint, graffiti markers, ink
on the recycled spray can base
97 x 66 cm
2018

 
 “C3PO” Spray paint, graffiti markers, ink on the recycled spray can base 96 x 66 cm 2018

“C3PO”
Spray paint, graffiti markers, ink
on the recycled spray can base
96 x 66 cm
2018

"Darth"
Stencil and Hand Spray Paint on Deconstructed Can Background
60 x 90 cm
2018

“Patriotic Panic”
Stencil and Hand Spray Paint on Deconstructed Can Background
60 x 90 cm
2017

 

“Tinned Koi”
Stencil Mixed Media Spray Paint
and Graffiti Markers
60 x 90 cm
2017

“Can Open Dreams”
Stencil Mixed Media Spray Paint
and Graffiti Markers
60 x 90 cm
2017

“Tin Man Can”
Stencil and Hand Spray Paint on Deconstructed Can Background
60 x 90 cm
2017

 

“Jerry Can”
Stencil Mixed Media Spray Paint
and Graffiti Markers on deconstructed Can Background
60 x 90 cm
2017

 “Tin Tin 2” Stencil and Hand Spray Paint on deconstructed Can Background 60 x 90 cm 2016

“Tin Tin 2”
Stencil and Hand Spray Paint
on deconstructed Can Background
60 x 90 cm
2016

 “Can Can Girl 3 Blondie” Stencil and Hand Spray Paint on deconstructed Can Background 60 x 90 cm 2016

“Can Can Girl 3 Blondie”
Stencil and Hand Spray Paint on deconstructed Can Background
60 x 90 cm
2016

 
 “Hong Kong Fully Loaded” Spray paint, graffiti markers, ink on the recycled spray can base 98 x 69 cm 2018

“Hong Kong Fully Loaded”
Spray paint, graffiti markers, ink on the recycled spray can base
98 x 69 cm
2018

 
 

The Mini "Can Can" Collection, 2016


"I CAN Mini"
Mini Can Can Collection
Spray paint and markers on CAN-Vas
15 x 21 cm
2016

 "Flipping Koi Flame"  Mini Can Can Collection Spray paint and markers on CAN-Vas 15 x 21 cm 2016

"Flipping Koi Flame"
Mini Can Can Collection
Spray paint and markers on CAN-Vas
15 x 21 cm
2016

"Flipping Koi Pinky"
Mini Can Can Collection
Spray paint and markers on CAN-Vas
15 x 21 cm
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