London native Faye Wei Wei is part of a new wave of passionate young artists breathing new life into painting. After graduating from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2016, she’s gone on to expand her practice internationally as her vibrant, large-scale work has gained recognition.
As part of our support for the British Council of Hong Kong’s SPARK Festival, Phillips joined forces with Faye to commission an original piece, entitled Frail Silver of The Climbing Stars. Her first attempt at working with neon, the choice of medium is highly symbolic for Hong Kong, which was once famous for its illuminated street signs. With the rise of new technologies, neon sign making has become a dying art, and SPARK pays homage to the creativity and skill of the artisans whose work once lit the city’s streets.
The artwork is on display at the British Council in Hong Kong, where Phillips will hold a charity auction later this year. All proceeds from the sale will be donated to the British Council to support creative programs to help develop young talent. Following her piece's completion, we sat down with Faye to get her thoughts on this latest project, what makes her feel creative and how it felt to return to her family’s ancestral home.