As an artist positioned at the crossroads of Asia in Singapore, Aaron Gan has equally been influenced by Western watercolour techniques as well as Eastern brush painting. Tumultuous events in the past year have seen him turn towards the philosophical, and birthing a series influenced by traditional Chinese ink painting, but executed in a dark monochromatic watercolour pigment with a hint of blue. Drawing on similar approaches between the water-soluble media of ink and watercolour, Life as Art is an exercise in Zen, utilizing black-and-white strokes and washes with a liberal use of negative space, but holding neither Eastern rules nor Western techniques sacred.
As an artist who has deliberately tried to set himself apart from familiar Singaporean approaches to street and river scenes, Life as Art represents yet another quantum leap in Aaron’s practice. With a few Nanyang antecedents acknowledging but seldom committing to a duality between ink and watercolour, Aaron plunges in as he usually does unafraid. The paintings are a vehicle for his homespun wisdoms in visual form, reflected in the aphorisms accompanying each work. In them we understand his philosophies towards Life, Art, and the dance between the two.
Venue: Utterly Art Exhibition Space, 20B Mosque Street (Level 3), Singapore 059500
When: 2 - 25 Jan 2015,
By: Utterly Art