Johnson Tsang Creates Realistic and Surreal Porcelain Sculptures

Hong Kong-based artist Johnson Tsang combines realist sculptural techniques and his surrealist imagination to create captivating porcelain sculptures. His works mostly focus on humans and their facial expressions, presenting them to viewers in a familiar but somewhat disturbing way.

Tsang has several artwork series in which he takes a different approach to his favorite subject. For example, in the Babies Series, the sculptures are crying, laughing, and making funny faces. The Lucid Dreams series, on the other hand, sees the faces of humans melting into one, getting carried in a bag, and being wrapped by a strange hand to the point of happiness and sadness.

Tsang started working in ceramics in 2002 and has since experimented with various techniques and even developed his own one that sees him “capturing the instantaneous moment of splashes with white porcelain.” The artist has also been engaged in other art forms, namely stainless steel sculptures and projects related to public art.

Tsang’s expertise has been recognized by art critics and won him a number of awards, including the Grand Prize at the 2012 Taiwan International Ceramics Biennale and the Special Prize at the Korea Gyeonggi International Ceramix Biennale 2011. His works are part of private collections as well as collections of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Philippe Charriol Foundation, and Dublin Castle.