Tribe of Many Colors: Paintings by Prodip
Prodip is a Hong-Kong based painter, illustrator and graphic designer. Best known as the bassist of the controversial Cantonese hip hop group LMF, Prodip studied graphic design and has combined a career in music with experimental art. From the 1980s, working across media, Prodip designed underground concert posters, flyers and CD covers, later producing striking visuals for leading international and local brands, including 55DSL, OBEY and Fingercroxx. His artwork is peopled with tribes of hybrid aliens and draws on traditions of street art, cartoons, and pop subcultures that challenge the boundaries of conventional art-making. Prodip’s distinctive figurative paintings and landscapes – rendered in acrylic on canvas, wood and paper – have a strong narrative dimension, celebrating the transformative possibilities of myth and Prodip’s longstanding interest in the UFO phenomenon, abduction, and conspiracy. As the continuation of a project to explore extraterrestrial intelligence, witness cases, UFO sightings and cult groups, which he had begun in 2002, Prodip published Project After Dark (Hong Kong: Kubrick, 2009), a volume of his collected artwork.
Prodip has exhibited in the group show Metal Mad at Giant Robot New York (2010), and in 2011 he was commissioned to produce an art piece for the Amnesty x HK Honey exhibition, marking Amnesty International’s fiftieth anniversary.
Exhibiting in the charming 100 year old annex out-house at the Hong Kong Musuem of Medical Sciences, Tribe of Many Colors was Prodip’s first solo exhibition of paintings in June 2011. Over 25 works were displayed, showcasing his visions and explorations of the extraterrestrial world, most of them never seen publicly before.