Lifetime of Change 《物换星移》 is a solo exhibition of ink paintings, ceramic seal carvings and ceramic sculptures by Oh Chai Hoo 胡 财 和. This exhibition will feature the artist’s most recent series of ink paintings inspired by rock structures, ceramic seal carvings, as well as his experimental ceramic sculpture work on rock forms (akin to the classical scholarly tradition).
Oh finds inspiration from his Chinese roots as well as Zen Buddhism in his artistic practice. His works are a reflection of both the physical and the spiritual. Entitled “Lifetime of Change 《物换星移》”, the exhibition entails the artist’s fondness for nature, in particular the natural formation of rock structures. As he is inspired by the natural accumulation of sediments in the formation of rocks over time, his rocks highlight the beauty of the imperfections of rock forms. In the artist’s own words, he asserts that “我的石头都有说话的。(“All my rocks speak for themselves.”) Each of his works tells its own story.
Oh Chai Hoo (b. 1960) is a local artist who works extensively with various media. He started his artistic creations at the age of 14, and holding his first group exhibition at 15 with respected artists like Chen Wen Hsi and others. His mastery of the brush is as admired as his fearless experimentation with the medium. However, despite all experimentations, he remains committed to the use of ink. He believes in the honesty and truthfulness of working with the medium. Unlike other types of paint, ink is temporary, instant, honest and sincere. The moment the brush is laid on the paper surface, the strokes are irreversible, and every trace of movement is captured by the ink, leaving no chance for correction. The honesty and sincerity of the medium captures everything about the artist – the mood and personality, as well as the familiarity and mastery of the artist in his use of the medium.
The works in this exhibition will feature his unique use of self-ground pigments on rice paper. With his constant development of new techniques for ink on paper, he pushes the boundaries of the art form’s rich heritage to create works that are powerful fusions of Eastern and Western traditions of fine art. This exhibition will witness yet another leap in the bold aesthetics of his ink work, as seen in the truly maturing, confidently-executed works as he enters this phase of his artistic practice.
Preview: Thursday, 30 June 2016, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Venue: iPreciation, 50 Cuscaden Road, HPL House, #01-01 Singapore 249724
Hours: Weekdays from 10am to 7pm. Saturdays from 11am to 6pm. Closed on Sundays and public holidays.
When: 1 - 16 Jul 2016,