Richard Crosbie Art’s high-quality Hong Kong-focused works and prints are ideal for decorating your home without setting you back.
There’s no shortage of beautiful artwork available in Hong Kong but for detailed pieces that are truly affordable and never skimp on quality, we’re turning to Richard Crosbie Art. A one-man band, Richard Crosbie offers urban sketches, “en plein air” (in open air) paintings created on location and works of art from his studio — all made by someone who lives in and really appreciates our amazing city.
Originally from South Wales, product designer-turned-artist Richard Crosbie has been residing in Hong Kong for over 25 years. First touching down in Kai Tak (back when you’d land between buildings!), he’s always had a keen eye for the city’s street scenes, individual figures and grand views, with his well-executed artwork capturing the feeling and essence of life in Hong Kong all at a reasonable price.
Scroll through the studio’s Facebook page and you’ll find post after post showcasing self-created, hand-drawn and painted artworks that draws inspiration from local icons and our cultural surroundings. While you can always opt for more popular tourist-type scenes and landmarks, you’ll also see artworks of food hawkers, bamboo scaffolders and bustling local neighbourhood street scenes. Some of the most detailed pieces on offer take Crosbie up to 45 hours to complete!
You can be confident you’ll always receive a high-quality product, as Crosbie’s product design background helps him create scenes with great three-dimensional depth and perspective. He also scans originals at ultra-high resolution and professionally prints using museum-grade inks and materials. And it’s all incredibly affordable, with postcards starting at just $25.
When you contact Richard Crosbie Art, you speak to Crosbie himself — and he’ll be the one to mount, frame and deliver your order directly face-to-face. The studio can also arrange for international shipping and courier deliveries, with large art prints rolled in protective card tubes so that they arrive in the best possible condition.
These affordable artworks make perfect gifts for the people in your life who love Hong Kong, especially as souvenirs for friends and family who may be leaving the city. Read on for our top six picks…
Rainy Day in Causeway Bay, $600
A watercolour painting of a street scene in the busy shopping district of Causeway Bay. Created on the eve of a typhoon passing the city (with the wind howling and rain lashing!), marvel at the colours and reflections on the wet surfaces.
Red Mini Bus, $400
An art print of Crosbie’s original watercolour painting of two Hong Kong icons: a red minibus and the distinctive Yee Wo Bridge as seen from Sugar Street. This piece took about a week to paint, with depictions of the light reflections and refractions in the bus window.
Vertical City, $1,250
A painting showing the view from the top of a city tower in Mid Levels, overlooking Victoria Harbour. This piece took over three weeks to complete, and uses both a “wet on wet” and a “dry on wet” watercolour technique.
Citrus Junction, $600
A watercolour painting of two bright trams passing each other on a sunny afternoon, at the intersection between Johnston Road and Wan Chai Road in Wan Chai. Spot the pastel-coloured 1960s “round style” Chung Wai Mansion.
Crossing the Harbour, $600
A watercolour artwork showing the vintage Star Ferry crossing Victoria Harbour, contrasting with the modern Hong Kong cityscape background.
The Pawn, $600
An art print of Crosbie’s original watercolour painting showing the iconic “tong lau” style tenement building The Pawn. Located in the busy Wan Chai district, this historic landmark dates back to 1888 and makes for a lovely old-meets-new, east-meets-west snapshot.