Edouard Malingue Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of Homer Shew's recent paintings. The artist's first exhibition with the gallery and in the region, 'Backgrounds' showcases a series of paintings that the artist started in 2015, of Asian Americans living in the US. Intimate, meticulously textured and richly contextualised, the group of portraits depicts faces and bodies that are charged with sincere and complex emotions, and are substantially de-alienated. The paintings go beyond a time of intensified racial conflict, and pertain instead to contemporary human conditions in general, as Shew playfully declares that, for this series of portraits that is going to be a life-long endeavour, he would like to paint every Asian American he gets to encounter in America.