LUI Hoi Lok, Cola

LUI Hoi Lok, Cola mainly focuses on figurative and landscape painting. By experimenting with a variety of materials including charcoal, graphite and ink, her works capture the abstract imagination of virtual reality and explore the possibilities of the visual surface.

For LUI, her paintings seemingly connect to another virtual reality and create a visual language to express her world. She likes to describe video games as stories or adventures. She is often inspired by the characters, objects, scenes and narratives in the games, which evoke numerous memories between the real and the virtual.

LUI thinks that video games are shadows of our reality. They are similar in nature, but also very different. At the boundary between the virtual and the real, LUI is finding her own memories in games.




Previous Works

Charcoal, graphite and pencil on tracing paper

42 × 30 cm

The faults of the mountain embody its past adventures, and when it comes to the end, the
place becomes an etching and leaves a vestige.

So I walked into the haze

Ink, charcoal, graphite and pencil on tracing paper

55 × 21 cm

The title, So I walked into the haze, is the first line of the song lyrics. The beacon, the street
lights and the sea are monopolised into the artist’s mind. Memories are not always clear.
They are vague and irreplaceable at the same time. The place where that story took place
makes one forget the hustle and bustle of reality, and it reminds one that life is unpredictable
and strange on every new path, just like when ‘I’ walked into the haze.

The past

Ink, charcoal and graphite on paper

136 × 28 cm

Geometric shapes are used to depict one of the artist’s favourite landscape in games and she
tries to replace Chinese ink with charcoal on unryu (‘cloud dragon’) paper, in order to create
a new visual representation. ‘There is a village without any people, and all journeys have
become a recording in my memories. They are the silent and nihilist that remain in my mind.
The time stops and stays still; that is the past.’