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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.

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