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| Saturday, November 26, 2005

It's not every day that an international artist takes an interest in Hong Kong's stars. But Paris-based Hungarian painter Anton Molnar (below) is fascinated enough by Andy Lau Tak-wah to make him the subject of two canvases. The oils are featured in a new exhibition at the Opera Gallery, on Queen's Road Central, opening tomorrow.

Molnar says he was introduced to the artistry of Lau by an old Hong Kong friend, celebrity gourmet Chua Lam.

'I've known Chua Lam for 20 years and when he was in Budapest he talked a lot about Andy Lau,' says Molnar from Paris. "Then, in Singapore I saw a beautiful book about him and thought it would be interesting to capture in a painting a little bit of his career evolution. Chua also showed me some of Andy Lau's records and I thought, "Wow, they're fantastic". But I've only seen one of his films and it was only in Chinese. I don't know the film, but he changed the colour of his hair in it."

Molnar will be in town and is hoping the Canto-pop king will drop by for the opening, too. "Chua told me Andy Lau said he will come if he can."

news from: South China Morning Post