Vivid Sydney at Chatswood 2018


Life in 2050

Artists: Bluebottle, Thom Buchanan & Hong Kong Artist, Elaine Chiu

Watch an artist create a major work on a live feed – bigger than life! A creative and colourful piece will be made from scratch and projected onto the Anderson St side of The Concourse. See every detail of Thom Buchanan & Elaine Chiu’s paintings as the artwork comes to life on a huge scale. 

Watch the artists live:

  • Thom Buchanan: 25, 26, 31 May, 1 & 2 June from 7pm
  • Elaine Chiu: 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 & 16 June from 7pm

Thom Buchanan

Thom will create scenes of future cities and space. Thom’s work reflects a fascination with time and the built environment, from large-scale live painting to layered works on canvas. Sometimes ghostly, he mixes dark and light tones, to try to draw the viewer through an imaginative timescale that encompasses future built environments - utopian and dystopian, enhancing layered pasts.

Thom is an Adelaide-based painter, drawer and cross-disciplinary artist. He graduated from UniSA with a degree in visual arts and has since exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally.

In 2011 Thom collaborated with Garry Stewart’s Australian Dance Theatre on 'Worldhood' using a live performance drawing technique that has now become one of his trademarks.

Elaine Chiu

Elaine will treat visitors to stunning water colour street scapes. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Elaine is a fine arts graduate from the University of Hong Kong. As a post-90s artist, she expresses her individual relationship with the urban cultures in Hong Kong through cityscapes. By combining the streetscape with water color renderings, she explores the intertwined relationship between observation and sentiment, and the question of identity.  Elaine’s artworks reveal personal sentiments that merge with the hustle and bustle of the metropolis. To her, painting is not only an exploration in the microcosmic portrait of the city, but also a journey of soul searching.

View the artists’ previous works on their websites:

Life in 2050 by Hong Kong artist Elaine Chiu is supported by HKETO

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