Esther Chow is a native of Hong Kong. She received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a focus on painting and drawing. She also creates in other media including print making, digital and traditional photography, murals and mosaics. Esther works primarily from observation and she draws inspiration from the forms and colours of the natural world. From larger-than-life, realistic food portraits, gestural floral abstractions to plein air sketches of Mongolian steppes and gardens in Prague, Esther’s work explores her interests in perception, colour, childhood and familial relationships, traditional motifs and cross-cultural experiences. Esther has exhibited in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Chicago, Prague and Mongolia, and her work is in private and corporate collections on both sides of the Pacific. Her work was most recently exhibited at the Affordable Art Fair in Hong Kong (Aug 2022). Esther was a winner of the Nippon Steel U.S.A., Inc./ School of the Art Institute of Chicago Presidential Awards Competition (2011) and a recipient of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation Community Arts Fund (2020). Some of her largest outdoor and public, collaborative projects can be found in Yuen Long in Hong Kong, Pudong in Shanghai, and Roseville in California. Esther is also a certified educator with a PGCE and has worked as an Artist-in-Residence in international schools in Shanghai, and recently in Hong Kong. Her affinity for nature and her cross-cultural experiences inform much of her work. Whether building puppets with recycled materials, constructing a “pop-up” visual history of Hong Kong or sculpting paint to create floral still life, Esther enjoys sharing her ongoing investigation of colour and mark-making, materials and tools with her students as they discover and develop confidence in their creative abilities. Through her work and collaborative projects, Esther hopes to inspire viewers and students to treasure their uniqueness, drink in nature’s wonders, and savour the fullness of life. 周怡明是一位香港80後藝術家和教育工作者，2011年畢業於芝加哥美術學院。她的作品以油畫、壁畫和馬賽克為主，創作靈感大多源自大自然、回憶及跨文化經歷。她的作品在國內外展出，包括香港、上海、洛杉磯、芝加哥、布拉格和烏蘭巴托等。作品也被私人及機構收藏。 她在香港及上海的國際學校當駐校藝術家，與師生製作大型合作性美術項目。她希望透過作品和創作，啟發學生欣賞自己的獨特、領會大自然的奧妙和細嘗豐盛的人生。
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