The first painting in Billy Apple's From the Collection series was commissioned by the Bank of New Zealand in 1988. Since then it has attracted a broad range of corporate, public and private clientele such as Fletcher Challenge, Victoria University of Wellington and Jenny Gibbs. Each work in the series is commissioned by the collector and operates both as a text-based portrait and a frontispiece for their collection.
Recently, art collectors Jeffrey Lai and Michelle Soo commissioned the first work to be executed in Chinese. Along with a companion piece in English, From the Lai Soo Collection was exhibited by Starkwhite at ART HK from 26 – 29 May 2011.
Image: Billy Apple, From the Lai Soo Collection (2011), UV impregnated ink on canvas, 430 x 270 mm