Established artist, Low Hai Hong celebrates Indonesia’s fervour for life on canvas

19 September - 02 October 2018
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1 & 2, NAFA Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189655

“Temple Festival”, exhibits Low’s expert use of light, colour, and textural strokes to provide a compelling visual, a testament to his prolific output and skilled practice over the years.

77-year-old Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) alumnus, Low Hai Hong will exhibit 45 works at the upcoming exhibition “Passion in Living - Paintings of Indonesia” at The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1 & 2 from 19 September to 2 October. The works, most of which have not been seen by the public before, offer insight into the Indonesian-born Singapore artist’s observations and sentiments of Indonesia. This exhibition is Low’s special showcase to celebrate his alma mater’s 80th anniversary.

A second-generation Singapore artist under the tutelage of pioneer artist Georgette Chen, Low works primarily in oil and revels in on-site painting to reproduce the fleeting moments of his changing environment on canvas. “Passion in Living - Paintings of Indonesia” is Low’s second homecoming exhibition at NAFA following his solo exhibition on impressionistic renderings of nature and landscapes at NAFA’s Lim Hak Tai Gallery last year. Inspired by the life and landscape of Indonesia, Low depicts the vitality of marketplaces, and festive ceremonial processions as well as the mystical Wayang Kulit in his oil paintings.

Low shares that the title of this exhibition was born from his observations of Indonesians who live their lives with zest and colour – whether it is the daily grind of making a living, or the celebration of religious and cultural activities, the people of Indonesia live with passion.   Low adds that he has always favoured paintings in his Wayang Kulit series and is heartened to have a platform to share these works with the public. He offers that his shadow puppets in the Wayang Kulit series are created based on the spirit of the shadow puppet play performance. The final paintings feature a synthesis of his subconscious thoughts of what attracted him to the Wayang Kulit and Wayang Golek puppets he saw in Indonesia, and the physical characterisation of their forms and movements.

“Passion in Living - Paintings of Indonesia” is also Low’s tribute to his birth country. He spent his early childhood in Jambi, Indonesia and moved to Singapore at the age of five, often returning home to visit relatives. Since dedicating his career to painting in 1992, he has travelled widely around the world and continues to visit Indonesia to capture the multifarious sights and sounds of her people.

Annex 1 - Artist biography
Annex 2 - Selected artworks details