Sorrow (Our Lady of Pearls), 2017

Hong Kong 2017
oil on mother of pearl
Gregory Halili is celebrated for his minute yet elaborate images using the finest brushes and with a magnifying lens and handheld lamp in hand. As a miniaturist, Halili’s objective is not to recreate and restore lost mementos but to seemingly satisfy a personal whim to travel back in time, to contain and preserve culture, and to set off an appreciation toward tangible legacies. Sorrow (Lady of Pearls) is a response to the adverse events prevalent in last year’s current events. Using natural pearls as tears for these portraits, he aims to create an image that will collectively capture our time and emotions. These works were inspired by the haunting imagery of the Mater Dolorosa or Our Lady of Sorrows. Dimensions variable