Crashing Waves, Billowing Clouds is an exhibition that pays tribute to the late artist Tan Kian Por, one of NAFA’s illustrious alumnus and dedicated teacher. An accomplished calligrapher, ink painter and seal carver respected by his peers for his leadership and creative vision, Tan passed away in 2019 at 70 years of age. Curated by the Estate of Tan Kian Por, the exhibition showcases over 70 of his best seal carvings, Chinese calligraphy and ink works created between 1985 to 2016. A commemorative book by the same title accompanies the exhibition, comprising memorable anecdotes, essays and photos contributed by his family, close associates and students.
Tan Kian Por was born in China and moved to Singapore in 1962. He graduated from NAFA in 1970, having studied both Western Painting and Chinese brush painting under the mentorship of the late See Hiang To and Chen Chong Swee. A dedicated and well-loved teacher, Tan taught at the academy between 1980 and 2014. In addition to his full-time work as a lecturer, he was prolific in his artmaking and was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 2001 for his contribution to the development of Chinese art and his unwavering dedication to arts education in Singapore.
Venue: Lim Hak Tai Gallery, NAFA Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189655
When: 14 Apr - 5 May 2021, 11am - 7pm