Artist: Chua Ek Kay, (b.1947 China - 2008)
Title: My Haunt
Medium: Chinese Ink and Colour on Paper
Size (cm): 199.5 x 113.7 cm
My Haunt stands out as a significant contemporary Chinese ink painting for its simplicity of form and decisiveness of brushwork. A combination of emphatic, powerful strokes and feathery, sensitive ones in a single dominant colour produce a spectrum of visual rhythms. The artist's favourite haunts were the back-alleys of old Chinatown shophouses that he loved to paint. This interest evolved into the Street Scenes series for which he is well remembered.
The late Mr Chua was a 1999 Singapore Cultural Medallion recipient and his work is celebrated for re-energising the ink tradition. Mentored by the late Mr Fang Chang Tien in the xieyi expressive school, Mr Chua later pursued studies at Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts in Singapore, and the University of Tasmania and the University of Western Sydney, both in Australia. He integrated various philosophies of aesthetics into his work, sometimes including post-modern theories in his artistic practice.