Agnes Lew Interviews AAPI Artist Greg Ito
By Agnes Lew
Normally, Agnes Lew, East West Bank’s senior vice president and head of private banking, would be hobnobbing with artists and collectors at Art Basel Hong Kong, the premier international art fair. This year, she couldn’t attend due to the pandemic. “I miss being there and being a part of East West Bank’s ‘who’s who’ luncheon on site,” Lew says. Undeterred, she has instead been engaging with the local art scene via Art Basel’s virtual walkthrough.
In collaboration with the Gallery Association Los Angeles, Lew is interviewing prominent artists in the LA art world during the pandemic to showcase their work. Over 80 galleries have united to create an online space called Gallery Platform LA during the shutdown to provide art aficionados around the world a way to virtually enjoy and engage with art. Gallery Platform LA features 10 gallery “viewing rooms,” along with a selected project that rotates every eight weeks. East West Bank is a proud sponsor of Gallery Platform LA.
In this edition of Lew’s artist series, she talks with Greg Ito, an AAPI artist from Los Angeles who was featured at Art Basel Hong Kong through the Anat Ebgi Gallery. Ito unveiled new works reflecting the turbulent year we’ve all experienced, portraying themes around love, loss, hope, tragedy and justice, all the while weaving in his family narratives and deep personal emotions.