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Art and Piece x Steven Choi: Artwork "Le Petite Prince (Covered in Light)" | 《美紙》x Steven Choi: 作品《小王子 化蝶》

Steven Choi | 2021.09.08




Artwork: Le Petite Prince(Covered in Light)
Circa 2021
Watercolour, acrylic, and mixed media on paper
420 x 594mm
Signed ‘Steven Choi’ on verso  

While creating Part II of Le Petit Prince picture book, authorized by the French licence holder and to be launched in 2021, Steven Choi found resemblances between the French novella and the Chinese love story The Butterfly Lovers. Regardless of territorial and cultural backgrounds, the passionate love shared by Le Petit Prince and the rose bears the same DNA as that was shared by Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai – love is not bounded by the physical body and death is not the end of soul searching. The moment when Le Petit Prince gave himself to the bite of the snake mirrors the act of the Butterfly Lovers, and hence his loving memories for the rose turned into butterflies while freeing himself to prevail in a spiritual universe of love.   

作品:《小王子 化蝶》
2021年作
水彩、壓克力混合素材 紙本
420 x 594mm
款識:Steven Choi(畫背標籤)

蔡氏於2021年出版官方授權的《小王子2》繪本,創作之初就聯想到梁山伯與祝英台的傳說。小王子與玫瑰、梁山伯與祝英台,無分中外,當中的思念都擁有相同基因,也如同李商隱《無題》詩當中的春蠶吐絲,至死方休。古時強調思念不只限於肉身,軀體死亡能讓靈魂解脫,對於小王子自願被蛇咬的當刻,蔡氏視為讓思念玫瑰的記憶化蝶,奔向美麗愛情精神世界的象徵。

Art and Piece x Steven Choi: Artwork "Le Petite Prince (Covered in Light)" | 《美紙》x Steven Choi: 作品《小王子 化蝶》
Steven Choi
 | 2021.09.08

Award-winning Hong Kong illustrator Steven Choi started his career as a graphic designer in the advertising industry. Without receiving any official art training, he was able to make a name for himself by creating illustration series “Pi the Wanderer” and “Zu & Pi”. In 2017, Steven won the World Illustration Awards in England and the JIA Illustration Award in Japan, two of the most important illustration awards in the world. Steven is the first Chinese illustrator to be officially authorized to illustrate a Le Petit Prince picture book. In 2021, he launched Part II of Le Petit Prince picture book, content, copywriting and pictures all by himself, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Le Petit Prince's original publication in French. ||蔡氏於2021年出版官方授權的《小王子2》繪本,創作之初就聯想到梁山伯與祝英台的傳說。小王子與玫瑰、梁山伯與祝英台,無分中外,當中的思念都擁有相同基因,也如同李商隱《無題》詩當中的春蠶吐絲,至死方休。古時強調思念不只限於肉身,軀體死亡能讓靈魂解脫,對於小王子自願被蛇咬的當刻,蔡氏視為讓思念玫瑰的記憶化蝶,奔向美麗愛情精神世界的象徵。

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