In 2018, Peanuts engaged seven internationally-acclaimed artists to form The Peanuts Global Artist Collective, and re-create classic Peanuts characters with their distinctive art skills and individual stories. These creations are now available for the public to experience, featuring 40 traditional 2D poster prints, and 15 figurines of Snoopy and his friends.
Tomokazu Matsuyama and Eli Sudbrack’s takes are maybe the most interesting re-imaginings, going after mesmeric, hyper-colourful abstract images, over which are laid a calm little monochrome Snoopy. Nina Chanel Abney’s are just as colourful, but she seems to treat the Peanuts characters almost as angular tribal totems.
Rob Priutt’s offerings are more true to Schultz’ originals, with a kitschy Hong Kong flair: one print sees a smiling panda offering a stick of bamboo to a grateful Snoopy. Both André Saraiva and FriendsWithYou also stick pretty close to the original, but with thicker black outlines, making Charlie Brown’s cute embraces with Snoopy somehow more cartoonish. Kenny Scharf’s screaming Charlie Brown outline on a psychadelic, tie-dye background is also worth a look.
The glamorously titled “Peanuts Global Artist Collective Viewing Room” is pretty tiny, but it’s a nicely laid-out micro-exhibition all the same. Probably not a huge amount going on artistically beyond the obvious nostalgia, but a welcome addition to your regular commute through Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station.
Follow the signs to Exit N of Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station. Running 29 May – 30 June 2020.