Our Mission

Art-Life is dedicated to art as inquiry. "In life learn art, and learn life from art," the poet Hölderlin wrote. Specializing in works on paper, we offer workshops in conjunction with exhibitions. 


Drawings can reveal an artist's inspiration and working process. Such works are often hard to find and are valuable assets, while  more affordable than painting or sculpture. A sketch can balance artworks you already own or plan to acquire. Please schedule a consultation with us. 


Our guiding idea is that art is for life. It goes hand-in-hand with critical thinking and the ability to conceptualize and affect people. Making art can involve experiments with form and material. It is a skill in itself, and draws together the skill sets of logic, reading, and maths. Art making art involve unmaking and rethinking material resources. Since 2016, we offer recycled art workshops in schools and for corporate groups, to highlight new ways of using material resources. 

Art-Life workshops share the stories behind art, and build skills and supply the knowledge to let you see the world around you with new eyes. Drawing, in particular, requires you to observe, look closely, and analyze structure, and can be a form of problem solving. 

The gallery represents artists in Shanghai, New York & Hong Kong who are established, mid- or late-career, with works in major museums and private collections. 

Part of our mission is to show how artists delve into problems--and how they choose their subject matter--by reading, research, and viewing artworks. To further this, we also trade in books and sell books-by-the-foot. History and surveys of works in a genre or material carry over to the joy of collecting. Making and collecting art both partake of a process of reading the past, to inform present action and reflection. 


Art-Life Gallery Workshop was established in 2015 in Hong Kong's historic printing and paper district, to share its unique architecture, resources, and creative entrepreneurship.   


Kathryn Lowry brings expertise in fine art, language and research to the gallery, trained at The Cooper Union for Art in New York, Princeton University, and Harvard (Ph.D.).  

Her interest in artists' lives and practice led to a vision of artwork, reading, and research under one roof.