Manju Mohana Das, 41, came to Singapore with her husband, who was newly-employed here. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Fine Arts in India, and is good at watercolour paintings. However, she has always been curious about ink painting, and her friends introduced her to the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). She attended the Certificate in Chinese Ink Painting course at NAFA and graduated last year.
Manju also shared that she is the only non-Chinese individual in the class, and while the class is taught in English, she notes that some concepts of Chinese ink painting is challenging to grasp. She credits her mentor and instructor (local artist Quek Kiat Sing) for patiently explaining the concepts to her.
"Through these dozens of classes, I have a deeper understanding of ink painting and have enjoyed many new experiences, such as learning to draw bamboo for the first time. I found that Chinese ink painting is very particular about the strength of strokes, how to hold the brush, the humidity of the brush, as these affect the outcome of the art piece. In addition to studying art, I am also interested in the Chinese culture.”
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