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Artist | Chau Kirsty Hoi Yee

Painting / Drawing

Britain / Hong Kong


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About Chau Kirsty Hoi Yee


Kirsty Hoi-Yee Chau, an artist specializing in ink-on-paper portraiture, is a PhD student at the University of Reading. She uses psychoanalytic theories to research viewing experience, identification and subjectivity of multi-panel portraiture. She received an MA in Drawing (distinction) from Wimbledon College of Art and a BA in Fine Art (distinction) from RMIT University in Australia. She also received psychology training in Hong Kong. 


Having started her career in art in 2005, Kirsty mainly focuses on unconventional psychological investigations of the human minds. Her academic training leads her to question the boundaries between sanity and insanity, logicality and illogicality, as well as the beauty and the ugly. Her works often display sumptuous and colorful images of human faces. Her representative works include Passive aggression (2005), Good wife (2009) and We just want to hold our heads upright diptych (2012). 


She has given several solo and group exhibitions in the UK and Hong Kong. In 2010, she was selected to participate in the documentary ‘Young Hong Kong Artist Dialogue Project’. Her works have received media attention.





PhD in Fine art 2014 to present


University of Reading

- Master of Arts in Drawing

University of the Arts London 2012-2013

Dissertation: Viewing and Constructing Portraits in Multi-panel Formation I argued that multi-panel formation brings viewers a new expereince in viewing, an dthat there are many unexplored possibilities on the use of this formation.

- Bachelor of Arts in Fine art (with distinction) 2004-2006

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Hong Kong Shue Yan University 2001-2004


Exhibitions (solo)

Humans • INK – Chau Hoi Yee Solo Exhibition, Hong Kong Fringe Club, HK 2011


Select Exhibitions (group)

University of the arts London Postgraduate show, Wimbledon College of Art, UK 2013

MA Drawing Show, The National Gallery, UK 2013

The Eileen Chang Painting Award Exhibition, Hong Kong Baptist University, HK 2010

Ai Shen Ti exhibition, K R studio, HK 2010

Blue Lotus Gallery—Joint Exhibition, ‘Sentiments II’, K R studio, HK 2009 

RMIT BA Graduate Show, Bao’s gallery, Hong Kong Art Centre, HK 2007

Sentiments, Culture Club, Hong Kong 2007

Momentum, HK Visual Arts Centre, HK 2007

Environmental art project-Tree or not, Hong Kong Kardoorie Farm, HK 2006

Seven, White tube gallery, Hong Kong Arts Centre, HK 2005


Awards & Scholarships

Hong Kong Art Prize, Shortlisted 2013

The Eileen Chang Painting Award, Shortlisted 2010

Hong Kong Shue Yan University Scholarship 2002

Hong Kong Shue Yan University Scholarship 2001



‘Endless’ Art Exhibition, Chow Sang Sang Jewelry Company---Central Flagship store, Hong Kong 2009



Transcendence Art Exhibition, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, HK 2012

Ai Shen Ti exhibition, K R studio, HK 2010

KR01 exhibition, Fotan Open Studio, K R studio, HK 2008

Momentum, HK Visual Arts Centre, HK 2007


Media Coverage:

Taikungpao (interview, newspaper), Hong Kong 2011

Wenwuipo (review, newspaper), Hong Kong 2011

Young Hong Kong Artist Dialogue (Interview, Video project), Hong Kong 2010

Mingpao Weekly (interview/magazine), Hong Kong 2008

Singtao daily (interview/newspaper), Hong Kong 2008

Wenwuipo (review/newspaper), Hong Kong 2007


AM 730 (review/newspaper), Hong Kong 2009

Inmediahk.net (review/online), Hong Kong 2005

South China Morning Post (review/newspaper), Hong Kong 2005








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