Jeux Thèmes Variations
Associated Projects
Jeux Thèmes Variations


03 MAY - 16 SEP 2023


Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, Weekday: 11am – 7:30pm; Weekend: 11am – 8:30pm | Alisan Fine Arts – Aberdeen, Wed – Sat: 10am – 6pm


Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre & Alisan Fine Arts – Aberdeen

Admission :

Free admission

Jeux Thèmes Variations

Alisan Fine Arts is pleased to announce our first solo exhibition for contemporary female painter Fan Yan, featuring her new series Mist and Ostinato at Aberdeen Gallery, and the sponsorship of Fan's exhibition at Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre. Her latest series, Mist, is inspired by the subtle changes of sea mist. Fan expresses the rhythm of water and moisture with repeated and precise folding patterns on rice paper. The pink and soft colour tones are filled with the vitality and beauty of nature.

Trained as a classical musician, Fan Yan was a viola player with Hong Kong Philharmonic, prior to devoting herself to painting in 2011. Using her music background, her works incorporate musical elements, such as her new B/W series Ostinato which is inspired by the Dutch composer Simeon ten Holt (1923-2012)'s Canto Ostinato. The works in the exhibition are like musical pieces presented visually, giving the audience a new way to experience music and art. In conjunction with the show, a live performance will be featured during the opening at the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, including a flute solo by Megan Sterling where she performs the music of French composer Debussy's (1862-1918) Syrinx. The mini concert including string quartet by Philip Glass will be held on 3 June, 4:30 – 4:45pm at the Aberdeen gallery. Seating is first come first served. 

Artist statement: "In Ten Holt's Canto Ostinato, he wrote a short melodic phrase performed on four pianos, where the canto repeats in a constant rhythmic pattern. The effect is to create a shifting foundation of a circulating 'obstinate' song. My technique of folding rice paper in dye to produce patterns that vary slightly in depth and intensity echoes the repetitive yet changing music patterns of the Canto Ostinato. The way I 'compose' painting is how I imagine a musician reading a music score. A visual score, so to speak, inviting audiences to visualise images, forms and patterns of sound vibrations, and inspire all."


3 – 8 May 2023 at Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre

13 May – 16 September 2023 at Alisan Fine Arts – Aberdeen


Born in a family of musicians in Beijing, Fan Yan was a classically trained violinist and viola player from a young age, while at the same time she was drawn to painting. She came to Hong Kong to study at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 1987. After graduation, she played with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for 20 years. In 2011, she began to devote herself to painting, realising her life’s dream. She studied ink painting with Hong Kong ink painter Tianxing Lam, and was inspired by Western masters such as Henri Matisse, Paul Klee, César, and Marlene Dumas. With an experimental artistic practice, Fan constantly explores the interpretation of various elements of music with a new unique visual language. In 2020, she won an award at the UOB Art in Ink Awards, and in 2020, she was selected for Ink Global in Hong Kong. She has also exhibited in Korea, Singapore, and Russia.


2022 French May Arts Festival, Hong Kong

2021 Polyphony, Compo Marzio concept store, Tai Kwun, Hong Kong



2022 Light Up, Goethe-Gallery, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong

2020 Ink Global, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

2019 Singapore Affordable Art Fair, Singapore

2018 Hong Kong Contemporary Female Artist Exhibition, Saint Petersburg State UniversitySt. Petersburg, Russia

2017 Shenzhen International Art Fair, Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center, Shenzhen, China

2016&17 Incheon Global Art Exhibition, Incheon, Korea

2016 3rd Asian Watercolour Expression, Bandung, Indonesia

2013 Awakening, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong



2020 Bronze award, Abstract Open Category, UOB Art in Ink Awards

2020 Selected into Ink Global, one of the 500 ink painting of the year

Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre — Venue Sponsor | Alisan Fine Arts – Aberdeen — Exhibition Presenter

Supported by