‘The Glass Facade’
by Lee Du Ploy
Opening Night: Friday 3 February 2017 (6-9pm)
Exhibition runs until Sat 24 February, 2017
Opens every day from 11am – 7pm
Closed on Sunday, Monday and public holidays.
Curator: Sarah Greene
ORGANISED BY: Blue Lotus Gallery
ZZHK Gallery, 3 Wa Lane (between 227-229 Hollywood Road) Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
About the Exhibition (short version):
The new year marks a new beginning so we set our new year’s resolutions: we hope to be thinner, make lots of money and enjoy our lives as best as we can. We are looking for happiness. Unfortunately this quest can be challenging at times.
Mental illness can be caused by genetic heritage or the wrong chemistry in the brain. But often it is thrown upon us as a reaction to deep trauma and pure tragedy. Bad things happen. We can't protect ourselves from the hardship that life intends to dump on us. And we all react very differently. This is what intrigues Lee do Ploy the most. Lee has many faces himself: psychiatrist, art dealer, writer, husband and lover. Through his paintings of portraits we meet some exceptional troubled human beings and we learn an invaluable lesson: that however different we make assume ourselves to be, we are remarkably alike. According to Lee there is hope, with a bit of help and good endeavor we can all find contentment. We just need to look in the right places.
Lee du Ploy 作為一名心理學家，他將他一生中遇到案例故事主角畫下，每幅作品背後都是一個精彩絕倫的故事，帶我們認識人性的最深，最痛，最真實的情感。
About the Artist:
The Life of Lee du Ploy has followed a varied and challenging path. He experienced both the hardship and joy of being broke and a millionaire. He encountered many stories and lived quite the story of his own. Born in Africa, he travelled far and wide to follow his two obsessions: Art & Psychology. Lee du Ploy is a therapist, art dealer, husband and lover but being a painter is what he enjoys the most.
Lee du Ploy的一生如像一部電影，如幻如真。 由身無分文的小伙子，辛努多年致富，他用一生，追隨他的兩個迷戀：藝術與心理學。
About the exhibition (extended version):
Mental illness can be caused by genetic heritage or the wrong chemistry in the brain. But often it is thrown upon us as a reaction to deep trauma and pure tragedy. Bad things happen. We can't always avoid and protect ourselves from the hardship that life intends to dump on us. And we all react very differently.
This is what intrigues Lee do Ploy the most. He muses on it in his writing by describing various encounters with patients each reacting their own unique mentally troubled way to bestowed misfortune and deep distress. His writing is clear and non-judgemental. It’s almost scary how he makes the worst mental inflictions seem normal, as if it could happen to ourselves tomorrow. As he says: 'Its never easy to hear harrowing tales of how life went wrong. I was always struck not by how different, but how much alike we are. Language and attitudes may change but invariably the problems of human psychology remain the same.”
Lee is quite special himself. At first encounter he seems quite crazy, very chaotic jumping from one topic to the other while playing magic tricks, pulling a HK$ 5 coin from behind my ear. I have no idea what to make of him. I listen to a waterfall of stories and it makes me wonder which of his stories are true and which ones are false. Was he really born in Malawi? Did he really make a fortune and than gave it all away? Does he really have a stash of Picassos stored on his attic? And was he indeed a psychologist treating some the world most rich and famous? I was inclined to not believe any of it but than one day when I was in his little gallery listening to his waterfall of loosely knitted stories, a lady walked in and came to thank him for curing her. And outside another old man was for his free treatment. He has something with his knee, he said. And I did see a Miro etching and a miniature Henry Moore sculpture on his mantle piece. I scratched my head.
If all true, Lee has many faces himself indeed: Psychologist, healer, art dealer, writer, husband and lover. When I face Lee's work. I don't know what I'm looking at, is he the painter or the sitter? The doctor or the patient? The dealer or the artist? I don't know. But its right that ambiguity that keeps me coming back for more. His roughly painted portraits, some hauntingly beautiful and others awfully ugly are intriguing just like himself.
Lee himself doesn't care, what matters to him is that he can keep painting and writing with as his main muse the flawed troubled human being. 'I love painting more than anything else; its a way to see without looking and to feel without thinking.'
In his book he offers a way out of depression and sheer misery. 'I see all young men do, a vision of the future. Here, with a little help, persuasion and honest endeavor, all those afflicted by the terrible disease of unhappiness can find fulfillment. One most just learn to look in the right place'.
After numerous more conversations, things start to make sense, despite his chaotic ways, some of his sayings resonates a deep truth and I start to wonder as crazy as it all sounds, if all his stories might be true after all. Who knows and does it really matter? As he says himself, thoughts are perception. Its how we see the world, and what we expect. This collection of portraits and the people he treated within, taught me an invaluable lesson, that however different we make assume ourselves to be, we are remarkably alike.
但有一天，我一如既往在他的小畫廊聽他說他的故事，一個女士走進來，特地來感謝他治愈她... 另一個老人，在畫廊外面等待Lee為他作的免費治療。而在他的閣樓，我的確看到一個亨利·摩爾（Henry Moore) 的雕塑。
2017-2 | Time Out Magazine: 'Interview: LEE DU PLOY, The psychologist-artist on his portraits of people with mental illnesses'
For further details please contact:
Gillian Au | Gallery Manager| T: 9389 9030 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Greene | Gallery Director | T: 6100 1295 | email@example.com