Frederik Balfour

For Frederik Balfour's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

The expensive antics of China's gaudiest billionaire

Apr 21, 2015

The expensive antics of China's gaudiest billionaire

President Xi Jinping’s austerity drive has sent China’s high rollers running for cover, emptying casinos and golf courses as vin ordinaire becomes the new Chateau Lafite. Billionaire art collector Liu Yiqian doesn’t seem to have gotten the memo. The Shanghai-based former taxi driver is ...

Hong Kong artists emerge from the shadow of China in new show

May 8, 2013

Hong Kong artists emerge from the shadow of China in new show

Some artists suffer more to create their work than others. Angela Su certainly has. In her nude photographic series titled “The Hartford Girl and Other Stories,” she had lines of text tattooed — without ink — onto her back to produce red welts in ...