NAFA alumnus, Low Hai Hong.
77-year old Singapore’s second generation artist was born in Jambi, Indonesia, where he spent his early childhood. He came to Singapore with his family at the age of 6, but visits Indonesia frequently as his father’s business was still based there. His latest solo exhibition, Passion in Living, showcases 45 pieces of paintings on Indonesia. The works, which many of them have not been shown to public before, offer insight into the Indonesian-born Singapore artist’s observations and sentiments of Indonesia.
Low graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1963 and majored in western painting. He did interior design for about 20 years before becoming a full-time artist in 1990. He was based in Indonesia as an artist for 10 years, before coming back to Singapore. During the interview with Lianhe Zaobao, he shared the stories behind each of the paintings and what inspired him. The most expressive works in the entire exhibition are the wayang kulit series. The puppets stand out from the background and seems to come alive. Looking at these paintings, one could feel the emotions of sadness and joy. The exhibition is at The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1 and 2, and will be open to public from tomorrow to 2 October 2018.
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