HONG KONG, 14 February 2022 – The South China Morning Post (SCMP) announced today the release of ‘Year of the Tiger: Same Routine, New Stripes’, a limited series of illustrations by award winning political cartoonist Harry Harrison via an online auction starting on 24 February, 1100hrs (HKT).
The auction features a selection of six one-of-a-kind framed illustrations by Harrison, a longtime contributor to the Post. Regarded as one of Hong Kong’s top political cartoonists for over 20 years, his drawings perfectly depict all the foibles, quirks and contradictions of life in the city grappling with the Covid pandemic as the city heralds the Year of the Tiger in 2022.
With the use of a pen and watercolours, Harrison not only captures the tone of the new normal after Covid, but also skillfully conveys a satirical take on the existential sentiment and cultural paradox of living in Hong Kong during the pandemic.
“The collection is largely inspired by observing how the covid pandemic reveals Hong Kong’s stripes as the city turns the page in 2022. The Year of the Tiger offers a fresh take on how we have been living under the pandemic and I hope the series brings some much-needed humour and levity to those who appreciate my cartoons,” said Harrison.
The six pieces, namely ‘Skin Deep’, ‘The Poisoned Chalice’, ‘The Covid Treadmill’, ‘The Negative Test’, ‘Hysteria’, and ‘No Exemption’, will be auctioned online at SCMP Shop on 24 February starting from 11:00am (HKT). The minimum starting bid for each piece is HK$2,022 with bid increments of HK$200.
Harrison drew his first cover cartoon for the Post a week after the handover in 1997 and since 2001, his work appears every day in ‘Harry’s View’. His art has delighted the Post’s daily readers for over two decades with its signature style and skillful comic rendering of current events.
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About Harry Harrison
Harry Harrison was born in Britain in 1961, but is every bit a Hongkonger after 27 years here. He met the love of his life, Helena, while backpacking through the city in 1990. Four years later, the couple came back, settled down and had two children – Charlie and Lucy. It was also in Hong Kong where he found his calling as a political cartoonist for the Post. He drew his first cover cartoon for the Post a week after the handover in 1997 and since 2001, his work appears as the daily Harry’s View cartoon every day of the week. For more than two decades, his art has been a staple that Post readers have come to admire and appreciate, with its signature wry humour that entertains, informs and even educates. He has won many awards and his work has been widely published and recognised overseas, while he has also found fame as an illustrator of children’s books.
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