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About me

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Long before I picked up chopsticks,

I've picked up a pencil and a paintbrush.

 

Childhood was spent drawing, getting caught passing hand-drawn comic strips under classroom desks, painting in rain and sketching on the run.

Fast forward some years, I began sketching in my travels, capturing moments, food, and thoughts in places I stepped foot on. In 2020, as the world came to a standstill, I took to watercolor urban sketching in my hometown, and began uncovering unspoken stories in the most ordinary, familiar, yet easily overlooked places. Without realizing, I've embarked on a journey of 'rediscovering' Hong Kong, and in the process fostered a newfound appreciation for old shops and businesses.

Each painting tells of an extraordinary story, one that weaves into the rise of Hong Kong and the rich, intangible cultural heritage that makes Hong Kong so uniquely Hong Kong. Each one tells of a not-so-distant past and future, of a lifetime of devotion and resilience, and of the age-old struggle between progress and tradition, reality and ambition.

These are the true, unsung heroes of the home we call Hong Kong.

 

Join me in this journey as I prop myself down on my portable stool with sketchbook and brush, dodging traffic and mobs of pedestrians —one sketch at a time.

Follow your dreams

Alvin

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@CityUniversity | HK

Hong Kong Untold Stories

“We could be the very last generation to ever witness and experience this remarkable chapter in Hong Kong’s story, and there are many steps we can take to honor and continue our unique legacy.”

It’s been the greatest honor (and an emotional ride!) to step onto the Red Circle for the first time along with so many inspiring speakers, to have this platform to share our unique journeys, our passions, and open a dialogue —how with even the smallest steps, we can lead to great change!

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Kowloon City, SCMP, Young Post

"Alvin Lam’s urban sketches capture city’s craftspeople and businesses, such as a storied street in Kowloon City and Hong Kong’s last mahjong tile carver."

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Discover the story of Ms. Ho Sau-mei, her journey in carrying on a family legacy and a gravely endangered craft now listed under Hong Kong's Intangible Cultural Heritage. Ms. Ho is one of the two last mahjong tile carvers still practicing in Hong Kong. Learn about the art of Mahjong tile carving (and how we fostered a bond over the painting!)

Honeycombers | Nov 2021

"Remember the sweet old lady from the local fruit stall? Ever heard of Hong Kong’s last ever bird cage maker? Alvin Lam captures nostalgic Hong Kong and brings a vivid liveliness to his watercolour paintings."

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