01 February 2020
Lim Hak Tai Gallery, NAFA Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189655
This Lunar New Year, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) warmly invites you to usher in the coming of spring with couplets and ink paintings created by distinguished calligraphers and painters. Witness live demonstrations by prominent NAFA alumni artists, calligraphers and painters such as Dr Ho Kah Leong, Stephen Leong, Tay Chee Toh, Baet Yeok Kuan and Fan Shao Hua, in their creative element, who will gather to write and paint New Year wishes.
Huichun calligraphy and new year paintings capture the hope and jubilation of spring and embody good wishes for the year ahead. Spring couplets are marked with messages of good fortune, happiness and long life. Works created during this event are for sale and proceeds will go towards to the NAFA Development Fund to help students in need.
NAFA Chinese Art Competition
To encourage and cultivate the next generation of artists in the art of Chinese ink, NAFA organised an inaugural NAFA Chinese Art competition for students from the academy’s full-time diploma and degree programmes as well as the Centre for Lifelong Education (CLE). Over 150 ink paintings and calligraphy works were received, and twelve winning entries were selected. These will be exhibited at NAFA Hui Chun 2020.
One outstanding winning entry is A bouquet of Spring or 迎春 in Mandarin, an ink painting by Ms Manju Mohana Das, 42, a freelance artist who studied painting in India and has been living in Singapore for four years. Ms Manju used to work with water-based and Indian inks and has always wanted to learn Chinese ink techniques as it was vastly different from the art styles she learnt before. As she was keen to explore oriental painting techniques, she was introduced to NAFA by her friends and enrolled into CLE’s Certificate in Chinese Ink Painting course in 2018. One of the biggest challenges she faced is the language barrier, as the concepts and philosophies behind Chinese ink painting cannot be easily translated into English. However, she was grateful that her teacher was able to do so. Her painting faithfully incorporates these tenets in its composition, with the addition of peony flowers and plum blossoms bringing about the spirit of Spring.