Well known for his ‘Halo dots’, Beijing-based artist Nan Qi has developed his own style of ink painting that many have described as “Post-Pop”, after the likes of Western artists such as Andy Warhol. His works are created on traditional Chinese calligraphy paper (xuan paper) with a mixture of using ink painting, ink stains, ink washing and ink colorimetric techniques, yet the skilful reproduction of the dots seem to be a digital pixelation of the image. The constant evolution of his technique continues to redefine the Chinese ink painting as a medium. TCS is delighted to be exhibiting a selection of his early dot series as well as portraits of iconic world leaders.
Juxtaposing the vivid colours of Nan Qi’s work, TCS is also showcasing never-seen-before works by Singapore-based Chinese painter Hong Zhu An created between 1986 – 2004. Trained under the famous Chinese art scholar Wang Zidou in Shanghai and having lived in Sydney before settling in Singapore, Hong is a master of both Western and Chinese forms of art. His works are a blend of east and west techniques as he combines Chinese calligraphy and painting, including “negative painting”. Hong has a profound love for the line and he understands its importance as a fundamental of Chinese artistic expression. Behind each art piece is a myriad of layers, each consisting of thousands of calligraphic strokes and colours.
Venue: The Culture Story, 2 Leng Kee Road, #03-06 Thye Hong Centre, Singapore 159086
When: 15 Sep - 7 Oct 2018, by appointment only