Lychee & Friends from Korea opens a world art exhibition FRIENDS.S.S.S. – The Palette Masquerade this September at Shout Gallery in Harbour City. Joining hands with galleries around the world, Lychee & Friends is presenting original oil paintings, watercolours, potteries, and sculptures in collaboration with 15 artists from South Korea, Japan, Argentina, Taiwan, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Hong Kong. Limited-edition art prints and venue-limited art toys will be also available at the exhibition, bringing an artsy and colourful vibe.
Lychee and his new friends from the eyes of the artists
Founded by Korean illustrators in 2016, lifestyle brand Lychee & Friends has been actively hosting art events with artists and designers globally and is emerging in the world of art toys. Since the collaborative exhibition in Seoul, Korea with artist Joo Jae Bum last Christmas, Lychee & Friends has taken it to the next level this year with this world art exhibition. The first stop will be held at Shout Gallery from 22 September to 17 October, showcasing original works by 15 contemporary artists worldwide, including Korean artists Moon Seung Yeon, Joo Jae Bum, and Choi Ha Young; Japanese painters Ayaïro, Wakaru, and sculptor Yuta Nishiura; Argentinian artist Javier González Burgos, Taiwanese ceramic artist Kuo Shufan, Indonesian multimedia artist Redmiller Blood, Filipino artists Genichi (GNCH) and Kapitan, along with Hong Kong artiste Christy Lai and painters Zoie Lam, Maisie Tse, and Whimsy Du.
Titled FRIENDS.S.S.S – The Palette Masquerade, the 15 artists illustrated moments of Lychee meeting new friends around the world in different painting styles and genres – from impressionism with bold and striking colours, to surreal figurative expressions, to pop and “superflat” art – a new dimension of art is demonstrated through different colour palettes and images of Lychee.
Limited-edition art prints and “The Baller” series
Besides the original art pieces, 10 of the collaborative artworks will be available as limited-edition art prints during the exhibition. Every art print will be accompanied by a certificate signed by the artist, which is of great collector’s value. Moreover, Lychee & Friends has collaborated with the leading art toys brand Unbox Industries to create a new vinyl figure series “The Baller”, which will be launched at the exhibition, featuring the 50-piece-limited and individually numbered Shout Gallery exclusive “Soda” ($799), and the classic limited edition “Lychee” ($599). The 60cm-large version “The Baller XL Series” will be also previewed and available for pre-order, including “Peachy Cocktail” and “Blue Soda Float”, each limited to eight pieces. Lychee & Friends’ first NFT art series “Lychee” will also launch the 2.0 project concurrently. Six selected NFTs will be made into art prints, only one of each in the world, and will be sold at the gallery.
About Lychee & Friends
Lychee & Friends is a lifestyle brand founded by Korean illustrators in 2016. The brand works closely with artists and designers around the world for fun, edgy, and creative collaborative projects. Lychee & Friends has been licensed and featured by different brands including FujiFilm, Familymart, Line, SPCA, Bossini, Log-On, and shopping malls such as Parc Central Guangzhou, Harbour City, MTRmalls, Lee Tung Avenue, and more.