It is neither a food nor a snack II
137×100 cm
Oil on canvas


In the painting, the shark has become a dessert, an ice cream about to melt. This mimics real life, as animal numbers dwindle and nature disintegrates. The painting looks like an enlarged photograph. This objective representation encourages the viewer to adopt a similarly objective approach. By representing the shark as a delicious dessert in unnatural colours, the artist has also highlighted the risk of food contamination posed by water pollution. The image of the girl holding the lollipop, with her mouth open ready to bite the shark, suggests that young people tend not to think about the consequences of their actions. The artists suggests also that young people tend to underestimate the importance of protecting sharks as well as of protecting the Oceans. It also demonstrates the tendency for humans to underestimate significant issues.


Hou Chungying was born in 1983 in Taiwan, Hou Chungying graduated from The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in 2012. In his early paintings, he focused on human interaction and the relationship between society and humanity. His realism symbolises a fascination with nature. He has participated in both solo and group exhibitions in China and abroad.
Aileron - Beli - Monaco 2014