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Patrick Sun

Patrick Sun

Using art as a way to increase LGBTQ representation, Patrick Sun is building a collection to be proud of

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Real estate developer Patrick Sun is best known as the founder of the pioneering Sunpride Collection, which he founded with the aim of using art as a force for social change, in particular, to advance gay rights around Asia. Previously a collector of traditional Chinese ink art, Sun pivoted in 2014 to work with LBGTQ themes from Asian artists—and increasingly also those from elsewhere—which he aims to use as a non-confrontational way to open a dialogue about LBGTQ issues in sometimes conservative societies.

Sun first became interested in art after working on a property project, the Kinwick Centre, on Hollywood Road, Hong Kong’s gallery ground zero. He was behind the groundbreaking LBGTQ- themed exhibition Spectrosynthesis at Taipei’s Museum of Contemporary Art in 2017, subsequently taking it to Bangkok as Spectrosynthesis II—Exposure of Tolerance, in 2019. He is planning a major exhibition when Hong Kong hosts the Gay Games in 2022.

Sun is also a member of the Tate’s Asia-Pacific Acquisitions Committee and the Guggenheim’s Asian Art Circle.

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Patrick Sun’s father is the founder of the Kin Hip Metal & Plastic Factory, one of the largest manufacturers of cookware in the world. 

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