「P on P」藝術創作者李楚洳(Samantha Li)，是香港典型土生土長的新一代，畢業於香港大學藝術系，亦是「賽馬會鯉魚門創意館」其中一位首批培養的年輕藝術工作者，對藝術創作擁有無比熱誠。
Samantha和許多年輕人一樣，對周圍事物充滿好奇和想象，她想到了把自己最喜愛的攝影和油畫糅合起來，將鏡頭拍攝下來的「現實」影像，按自己內心的想像，利用電腦技術加以處理，再嘗試配上油畫的「抽象及寫實」等不同手法描繪，以表達自己的觀點及對事物的感覺，希望別人能從「相中有畫」和「畫中有相」的意境中，分享到作者的內心世界。一系列首創的「P on P」（Painting on Photo）的藝術作品，就此誕生。
Samantha Li, the creator of “P on P” art form, graduated with a major in Fine Arts from the University of Hong Kong. With passionate love for art, she is also one of the first artists from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Lei Yue Mun Plus.
Since her early life, Samantha has shown great enthusiasm in literature and arts, especially painting and photography. Other than different provinces in the mainland China, she has also visited many countries around the world. The travelling experience is a real eye-opener for her – after viewing the colourful world with different cultures, she is inspired by the relationship between human and animals, and determined to capture the scenes with her cameras and brushes.
Just like many young people, Samantha sees the world with curiosity and imagination. She then comes up with an idea to combine photography and painting, the two artistic media that she has most affection in, into a new art form – painting with imagination on the real-life photos after digital processing – with a hope that people can share her thoughts through her artistic prospects. Thereupon, the original “P on P” (Painting on Photo) series of artworks is created.
The “P on P” artworks were successively exhibited in the City Hall, Jockey Club Lei Yue Mun Plus, Gallery by the Harbour, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, and Hong Kong Central Library Exhibition Gallery, and Louvre Museum at Paris, receiving widespread concern.
「P ON P」創意靈感 / The creation of P on P
而「P ON P」(Painting on Photo)藝術的誕生，正正是順應了這一藝術潮流。
在繪畫方面，我偏愛以油畫顏料及丙烯顏料作畫。油畫約15世紀起源於歐洲，因為油畫顏料乾後不變色，多種顏色調和不會變得骯髒，畫家可以畫出豐富、逼真的色彩。油畫顏料不透明，覆蓋力強，所以繪畫時可以由深到淺，逐層覆蓋，使繪畫產生立體感。而丙烯顏料則會很快變乾，其後迅速失去可溶性，不再溶於水，且不易褪色，持久性較好。而丙烯顏料的覆蓋度低、較透明，所以若能在「P ON P」作品的創作中使用，則能透過顏料依稀看到印在畫布上的圖像。
我認為無論是繪畫或攝影，都是屬於留住美麗一刻的藝術手法，只是詮釋和演繹的方式不同，各擅勝場。因此，我嘗試著將這兩種自己深愛的藝術形式結合在一起，以寫實的相片作背景，利用電腦技術打印在畫布上，然後再繪上油畫，以這種「三合一」的手法，創作出系列「P ON P」的作品。
經過與不同人的交往，我發現，面對同一件照相機拍下來的實物，大家眼前的景象都是一樣的，但每個人內心理解和認知都可能有所不同。通過「P ON P」，我希望能表達自己內心的創意和思想，賦予照片全新的風貌，並讓觀賞者能夠從我的角度欣賞一件作品。希望這種藝術創作思維令人感到耳目一新，別有一番風味。
Human civilization has a history of 6000 years, most of which were recorded by written language. But at the primary stage of civilization when people had no letters, they were inclined to use images or pictures for memory, expression and communication. The pictograph is also an embodiment of the combined result of both characters and pictures.
The oldest known paintings are at the Grotte Chauvet in France, claimed by some historians to be about 32,000 years old. For pre-historical paintings, archaeologists have different assumptions: some assume that ancient people painted for the sake of easier hunting because they thought painting was a way to capture animals’ souls; some suppose this is a manifestation of animism, showing the respect for nature; some think that the paintings indicated the natural need for human beings to express their feelings; some consider the paintings to be a measure of communicating with others.
No matter which of these hypotheses might be true, undoubtedly, painting is definitely a reflection of a person’s inner side.
Another type of visual arts that carries the function of emotion expressing and memory recording is photography. In 1892, the first photo ever in the world was invented. Its invention in the 19th century is threatening the role of painting, urging painters to search for innovative ideas and forms of creating artworks. Till the 1860s, its technology has developed into a relatively mature phase.
Before the invention, painting was regarded as a tool to record images of daily life. However, it lost its superiority to photography in the domain. With crisis awareness, painters had to give up the traditional photo-like techniques of drawing and explore a brand new way in painting, including the variation of colours, forms, techniques and creativity.
When the eastern style of art and culture were exposed to the western artists, such as Japanese engravings and Chinese silk artworks, they inspired the painters with unique angles, scenography and simple colours. This novel artistic world gave stimulus to the artists. Getting rid of the old-fashioned mode and pursuing a fresh start, they became the first artists of Impressionism – the beginning of modern painting. Impressionist painters, who are not restraint by tradition and aimed at innovation, realised the unique value of artistic form and explored this aspect with audaciousness, laying a foundation for modern arts.
Post-Impressionists extended formalism to its acme without even taking into account any subjects or contents. Regarding to the performance, the painters believe that subjective emotions transform objective images in arts (“subjectified object”), because they think artistic images should be different from the original. Post-Impressionism has greatly influenced the development of most styles of modern arts. Vincent van Gogh was a representative who showed honest emotions in his works, and had a far-reaching impact on 20th-century art. Pablo Picasso was one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, whose works, combining lots of abstract elements, have brought refreshing and impressive feelings.
The end of last century witnessed computer’s popularisation and the coming of digital age, bringing our life new impacts. Digital cameras were introduced at the historic moment and rapidly won people’s heart. As digital technology and Internet develop, using MP3, mobile phones and other products with camera, photo taking is becoming more and more essential. Assorted equipment and modes of transmission have also diversified photography. Innovations are brought to all kinds of photos by digital camera, whose invention, technically, is a conspicuous revolution in photography.
With a digital camera and a computer, we now can do whatever we want with the photos. Much more wonderful pictures with creativity are, therefore, entering people’s sights. Imagination is the core value of digital processing, creating increasing amount of amazing works.
In the recent hundreds of years, art genres tend to become more and more numerous and complicated. The crash and crossover among assorted art styles, as the artistic concepts expand, are forming a kind of integral art that cannot be categorised into one particular form.
The creation of “P ON P” (Painting on Photo) is exactly on the new trend.
Since young, I had a special love for art, especially for painting and photography. I was fortunate enough to have visited many places in the world, including China, Europe, Japan, Africa, Southeast Asia, etc. The historical sights, humanity and natural views were not only remembered in my heart, but also recorded by cameras and painting brushes.
I prefer doing oils and acrylics when I paint. Painting originated in the 15th century. Oil paint doesn’t discolour after dry, so artists can use abundant and living colours for the paint won’t get dirty when mixed. Its high opacity helps with the sense of hierarchy and layering. On the other hand, acrylic paint is fast drying paint that can be diluted with water, but become water-resistant and lasting when dry. It’s relatively transparent. So if used in “P ON P”, it allows us to vaguely see the original photo underneath the paint.
Painting, as well as photo taking, in my opinion, is a means of artistic expression for retaining the moment of beauty. They differ only in their ways of interpretation and presentation. Therefore, I try to combine the two styles of art that I love most together – based on backgrounds of realistic photos, using computer technology to print the photos onto canvas, I then paint on it with imagination. The 3-in-1 technique is the originality of “P ON P”.
I have discovered, in the course of social intercourse, people hold various opinions towards the same object – even though they are looking at the same photo, what they feel and get might differ enormously. My expectation is to express the creativity and thoughts deep in my heart through “P ON P” works, so that after the photos are decorated with my ideas, viewers are able to see things from my point of view. I wish the artistic ideas are refreshing for the general public.
The picture album consists of a series of “P ON P” work pieces, and hopefully, it is an embodiment of the creating spirit of the young generation in Hong Kong. The book is filled with imaginary paintings of “how animals’ life develops like human beings”. I believe, after the works, which are combined of realistic and abstract factors, are shown to the public, this type of creation will bring you to a new angle and enable you enjoy the new art trend.