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Sneaker Eulogy by Eric Ng

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Eric Ng is a Sydney based artist/architect. His work ethic is driven by curiosity and nostalgia. He spent his youth in Hong Kong and Sydney which was filled with basketball, drawing, and sneakers, all passions that became pillars of his career. Today, Eric is focused on both client commissions and personal projects. Eric Ng’s ‘Sneaker Eulogy’ series, filled with miniature paintings of his current and past sneaker collection, has garnered global attention through Instagram.

‘Sneaker Eulogy’ series started in 2018 at a watercolour workshop in Sydney, where Eric was drawn to the expressive yet detail-oriented style of miniature painting. Combined with pencil illustration, Eric started memorializing his favourite sneakers, some of which he had recently parted with.

The ‘Sneaker Eulogy’ series first stemmed from the nostalgia tied to the footwear,” says Eric. “I’ve always felt that the stories linked to these paintings, and the shoes they depict, resonate differently from one person to another. There may be common ground in terms of pop culture lore, but each individual responds uniquely because of their personal memories (of a particular shoe). All in all, the series became a vehicle for me to confront my own obsession with athletic footwear in miniscule detail and share with others.”

The iterative process includes close examination of Eric’s favorite sneakers and their intricate designs. And though many of these shoes have been around for 20+ years, Eric has gotten newly reacquainted with them and the ways they became cultural phenomena. What began as a way to pay tribute to his favourite sneakers has become an acclaimed art project shared on Eric’s Instagram page. Typically photographed and framed with a ruler, pencils, and paint materials to demonstrate artwork scale, each ‘Sneaker Eulogy’ miniature nods to specific eras, athletes, and stories.

Sneaker Eulogy – Exhibition by Eric Ng
Venue: GAFFA GALLERY – 281 Clarence Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Date: November 26th – December 7th, 2020
Opening Day: Saturday, November 28th. 10-5PM
Exhibition Times: Monday-Friday 10-6PM and Saturday 10-5PM
Entry: FREE (COVID safe. Check-in required)

What’s being featured at the exhibition?
(All artworks on the exhibition will be available for sale, unless noted otherwise)
● 50 x Framed originals
● 1 x Framed artist proof print
● 3 Limited edition prints (Numbered edition to 24)

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