It took all of 66 summers for KY Huang to return to his first love – art. The upcoming exhibition fittingly titled “Catching Up” is KY Huang’s valiant attempt at making up for lost time.
Held at 7Adam’s historic intimate colonial black and black house, this is symbolic as it coincides with the debut of his Singapore Series. In light of the nation’s 49th Birthday, this series tells the story of Singapore’s development post colonisation, the era which KY Huang grew up in. He opts for a classic contemporary approach as he hopes future generations can identify with his work, remember Singapore’s humble beginnings and appreciate what it is today.
KY Huang’s fascination with maps and topography from his days as a Boy Scout sees him featuring the beautiful cityscape in his work. Using a more whimsical take on the paintings, Singapore’s changing coastlines through land reclamation is juxtaposed against a barcode background. While seemingly straightforward, the barcode symbolizes the embracing of new technologies and innovations while its different colours celebrate the multi-cultural and multi-racial demography that we have.
Starting as a sculptor in 2007, he today alternates between painting and sculpting. While it is rare for an artiste to excel in more than one medium, KY Huang believes this serves as a good breather, allowing him to find fresh perspectives. He takes creative references from memorable life experiences, and God’s words and handicraft (nature and the human community).
The epiphany to create art only came after retirement despite KY Huang always having had an affinity with art. Discovering his flair at a young age, he could sketch and draw with an ease that was natural to him. Upon finishing his education, KY Huang chose to take on the safer route, joining the corporate world and art took a back seat.
Aware that he has much to catch up on, KY Huang is dedicated to creating grand and beautiful pieces of art in the hopes that his audience would take away the very same things that art has given him – inspiration, earnest joy and a smile.
Comprising of sculptures and paintings, the exhibition features a specially curated selection of his finest works, from his first series Having Fun to his latest Singapore Series.
Exhibition: Catching Up
Dates: 17 July – 14 August 2014
Venue: 7Adam Gallery Restaurant, 7 Adam Park, Singapore 289926
Hours: 11am – 11pm daily