Looking to add a little personality to your space while still sticking to budget? These affordable Hong Kong-themed art pieces and prints are for you.
We love this city, but the reality for many of us living here is that we can only afford to rent our living space. This unfortunately means that painting walls and adorning your room with personal touches may be out of the question. Working with a limited space, coupled with high rent costs, can lead to our flats lacking personality. The solution? Artwork! Why not show off your love for the city with some Hong Kong-themed art and photography? From cityscape photography to intricate illustrations, custom prints and more, here’s where to buy affordable Hong Kong-themed artwork for your abode.
Where To Buy Hong Kong-Themed Art
From the skies above the ifc to the streets of Mong Kok, Hong Kong photographer Stephen Chow captures the city we know and love from all kinds of unique perspectives. Having lived in Hong Kong for two decades, Stephen uses long exposure and aerial photography to capture the vibrancy, pace and soul of this multifaceted city, allowing you to bring a piece of it home or gift it to a friend. Whether it’s the neon lights, iconic skyscrapers, red taxis or rattling trams that take your fancy, let his images serve as a reminder of what makes this city so special. All prints are giclée printed on fine art archival paper, with the option of HD metal printing or acrylic mounting.
Price: From $300 (unframed); from $750 (framed)
Use the code SASSY10 to receive 10% off your next order.
Show off your love for the city by hanging up a piece (or three!) from Ciaolink’s Hong Kong-inspired collection. Designer Megumi Takami’s pieces have a minimal feel but draw your eye in with a pop of colour. Megumi is able to capture incredible detail, right down to the windows on each skyscraper and individual bricks on walls. Each of her embossed designs are skillfully handmade using pachica, a delicate Japanese paper that becomes transparent when heated. The Farewell my Hong Kong collection was created during the artist’s residence here, and features iconic spots around the city including Percival Street, Man Mo Temple and Fringe Club. Of course, she didn’t forget Victoria Harbour and the view from The Peak. With a commitment to deliver sustainable and high-quality craftsmanship to customers, art pieces arrive in a sleek frame and packaged in recycled cardboard.
Price: From $720 (framed)
There’s nothing that can liven up a plain wall quite like one of Louise Hill’s designs. Taking inspiration from this overcrowded city we call home, each piece is packed to the edges with beautiful imagery from around Hong Kong. Drawing on skills she picked up from working at London design agencies, Louise creates her vibrant, multilayered prints using a range of photographic, digital, illustrated and hand-finished techniques, resulting in a true feast for the eyes. We love her technicolour creations as much as her monochromatic designs! The made-to-order prints are available in a range of sizes and printed using museum-grade giclée inks on your choice of cotton canvas or German etching paper.
Use the code SASSYHK10 to enjoy 10% off your order. Offer valid until Thursday, 8 April, 2021.
Price: From $1,720 (unframed); from $2,300 (framed)
Want to support the local art community? Bamboo Scenes is a photography gallery offering unique wall art by Hong Kong-based artists at affordable prices. Celebrating the creativity of homegrown artists, the gallery aims to make a range of works available to a wider audience through both its online shop and regular exhibitions at its Sai Ying Pun gallery. All photographs are exclusively sold on Bamboo Scenes in three sizes, and are printed and framed in Hong Kong to support local craftsmanship. The gallery also believes in giving back to its community, with 10% of the profit from every print sold donated to select charities.
Price: From $1,400 (unframed); from $2,500 (framed)
Taking Hong Kong photography to new heights is Beyond Visuals – a photography collective made up of five locally-based aerial photographers (including Sassy favourite Bernie Ng!). Head here for sweeping architectural shots, breathtaking cityscapes as well as picturesque landscapes which show off our city from perspectives you may not have seen before. Each print comes in a selection of three sizes and will be part of an exclusive, limited-edition run – perfect for those looking to add something a little more unique to their homes.
Sassy Tip: Looking for a show-stopping accent piece? Check out the stunning Panoramic Collection, available in custom sizes upon request.
Price: From $449 (unframed)
Beyond Visuals, beyondvisuals.hk
Hong Kong-based pen and ink artist Gar Lai’s limited edition prints contain a dizzying amount of detail and truly capture a slice of the city, from the sweeping skyline to the tops of the Lippo Centre. If you’re someone who’s always been taken by Hong Kong’s stunning architecture and cityscapes, you’re sure to love this artist’s work – and your house guests won’t be able to take their eyes off the art either.
Price: From $180 (unframed)
Gar Lai Lau, www.garlailau.com
Aiming to provide affordable art as decoration, KAKAHUETTE collaborates with a range of photographers to produce high quality and limited edition art prints for you to adorn your flat with. Working with a range of emerging local and international artists, you’ll find a range of styles available. We especially love the Cityscape collection, featuring plenty of stunning Hong Kong shots. Prints are available unframed, but you’re also given the option to choose from a variety of frame colours to suit your taste.
Price: From $599 (unframed); from $1,099 (unframed)
Founded by mural artists Elsa Jean de Dieu (known for her famous Peel Street artwork outside Uma Nota) and Carol Bellese Choi, On Paper Lab takes an eclectic approach to Hong Kong-themed art, with bold, colourful line art prints of recognisable 852 icons. From the beloved “ding ding” to street stalls, sampans and more, these are a great option for those looking to install a subtle nod to the city. Plus, there’s free delivery throughout Hong Kong!
Price: From $300 (unframed)
This curated online lifestyle store is home to a lovely range of handmade, repurposed homewares, in addition to a small collection of colourful Hong Kong-themed art prints. Naturally, we were drawn to the typography map prints (available in slate grey or dusty blue) that include all our favourite areas of the city we call home.
Price: From $320 (unframed)
Inject your space with a pop of colour with the help of The APT Studios print shop. From dreamy cotton candy-coloured cityscapes, to brightly coloured buildings and container ships, Hong Kong-based photographers Sam and her partner Victor are bringing you vibrant fine art prints straight from their ‘gram to your home. Our favourites include this snap of rainbow-hued Choi Hung housing estate and bird’s eye shot of Shek O Beach.
Price: From $460
Best known for its stylish hand-printed neighbourhood maps, Tiny Island prints are made using silk screen printing. Not only do the maps serve their traditional purpose, but they also make great statement pieces for your living room wall (and did we mention they’re locally made?). Each print comes flat packed in a locally-made cardboard envelope to ensure the best result when framed.
Price: $550 (unframed); $1,250 (framed)
This online platform is home to a wealth of high-quality and unique artworks for sale. With an extensive selection of original artwork, custom-made art pieces and high-end prints (many Hong Kong-themed!), you’ll have plenty to choose from. Not just an online art store, VZOW goes the extra mile to give its partnered artists from around the world the recognition and support they deserve by interviewing the artists and featuring them on its site. Head here to find out more about the talented people behind the artworks.
Price: From $492 (framed)
Want to show off your favourite Hong Kong neighbourhood? Look no further than Yawn Studio’s Graphia Street Collection. The minimalist graphic prints are sure to fit seamlessly into any home. Established in 2015, Yawn Studio is all about “Scandi-style” aesthetics. Modern map-style prints of other Asian cities are available (including Taipei, Singapore and Seoul), along with a variety of Hong Kong neighbourhoods.
Price: $490 (unframed)
Featuring over 200 classic and contemporary artists, YellowKorner has a great range of classic urban photography at affordable prices. The numbered edition prints each come with a certificate of authenticity and are available in a variety of finishes. From neon lights or low-angle snaps of residential buildings, you’re sure to find something in the Hong Kong collection that will suit you and your flat.
Price: $300 (unframed)
Editors note: This post was originally published on 17 September, 2019 by Annie Simpson and was most recently updated in March, 2021 by Nicole Moraleda.
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Featured image courtesy of Bamboo Scenes via Instagram, image 1 courtesy of Stephen Chow Photography, image 2 courtesy of Ciaolink, image 3 courtesy of Louise Hill Design, image 4 courtesy of Bamboo Scenes via Instagram, image 5 courtesy of Beyond Visuals, image 6 courtesy of Gar Lai Lau, image 7 courtesy of KAKAHUETTE via Instagram, image 8 courtesy of On Paper Lab, image 9 courtesy of R+R, image 10 courtesy of The APT Studios, image 11 courtesy of Tiny Island, image 12 courtesy of VZOW, image 13 courtesy of Yawn Studio via Instagram, image 14 courtesy of YellowKorner via Instagram.