Masters old and new
Alana Tsui is a New York-based mural artist who uses monochromatic palettes with bold and clean patterns for her distinctive oeuvre. She was in Hong Kong to work on a piece titled Angel Wings for The Mercury residential property in Tin Hau.
How did you get started?
My first apartment in downtown Manhattan had pale green walls and I wanted to brighten it up. I painted three walls white and ran out of paint. On the fourth, I started doodling with whatever colours I had. I posted it on Facebook and people started reaching out to me to paint their spaces.
Do you get complete creative freedom or are there diktats you need to follow?
Most of the time, I get complete creative freedom. People come to me because they like my style. For bigger spaces, usually clients have a theme in mind or certain elements they want me to put in, but otherwise they’re completely open.
What’s the best part of your job?
It’s the freedom to do whatever I want, especially when I have large-scale murals to work on. When I see the final product I often surprise myself.
Tell us one thing about you most people don’t know.
I have Robert De Niro’s dog. De Niro got this little dog called Lilly but his other huge dog was super aggressive so he had to give his puppy away. So now, we have a famous dog.