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“Red” Hong Yi – Jay Chou Portrait with Coffee Cup Stains

February 16, 2012
Hong Yi's Jay Chou coffee stain portrait

Her “Painting with a Basketball- Yao Ming Portrait” shot her to fame and now she’s back.

Shanghai-based Malaysian Hong Yi has just released photos and a video of her Jay Chou portrait done using coffee cup stains!

Hong Yi's Jay Chou coffee stain portrait

26-year-old Hong Yi, nicknamed Red, spent 12 hours to complete the Jay Chou coffee stain portrait in Shanghai on Valentine’s Day.  She was inspired by the opening line of Jay Chou’s song “Secret” (Bu Neng Shuo De Mi Mi 不能说的秘密) about lifting up a coffee cup off the saucer.  She described the coffee in the song is cold (“冷咖啡离开了杯垫”) because the main character has been thinking too much about the past.

The ending of the song is about autumn leaves and fragmented pieces (“飘落后才发现 这幸福的碎片, 要我怎么捡?”). This is shown through the portrait as a whole – how it’s formed by many individual rings, many of them broken and imperfect like fallen autumn leaves, forming Jay Chou’s portrait.

'Red' working on her portrait of Jay Chou

Hong Yi uses coffee stains to create the portrait of Jay Chou

The story of the song is about Jay Chou traveling back 20 years in time and meeting a girl. Jay disappears one day, and the girl only has a memory of how he looks like, so she sketches his portrait out. Hong Yi’s painting is meant to look like a sepia-toned old photograph to capture the essence of this story.

Hong Yi aka Red with her Jay Chou portrait

To see Hong Yi’s other artistic creations, go to

Well done, Hong Yi!

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