Tung Yue Nang, Singapore’s third generation artist, shows maturity in his artistic concepts and is skillful in his handling of the Chinese brush and ink. Tung, a deeply-rooted Singaporean, believes in the promotion of our unique culture and an ardent supporter in the preservation of our way of life. Tung spends a substantial amount of time painting on the spot, and exhibits great assiduousness when observing his vivid surroundings. This enables him to create forceful and emotional works.
In Tung’s current set of works, he focuses on preserving the brilliant culture and heritage that is uniquely Singapore. In his various renditions of our modern city, he creates an aura of harmony through his depiction of the different communities, culture and the people interacting within it. His creations are further enhanced by the embellishments such as signboards, neon lights, unique heritage structures; which also serves as metaphors, reminding us not to lose our identity due to modernization. We are also able to observe a vibrancy in his works, in terms of different ethnic and cultural groups, or through the various activities that the people are involved in, such as families with children at play, or couples taking a leisurely stroll. Tung is able to capture the humanity of the city through his paintings, and he attributes this to the fact that he lives in them, understands his surroundings, culture and traditions, and experiences the ever-changing concept of life.
Exhibiton: CITYSCAPE – Contemporary Ink by Tung Yue Nang
Exhibition Dates: 11 – 30 April 2016
Venue: Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery, 140 Hill Street #01-06, Old Hill Police Station, Singapore 179369
Hours: Open Daily 11am to 7pm