Perceptions of Chinese ink in contemporary times

26 January - 25 February 2018
Lim Hak Tai Gallery, NAFA Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189655

Nur Hikmah Binte Mohamed Tahir 艾玛
We Are More Than Our Veil
Dimensions: 138 x 69cm
Medium: Chinese ink on paper
Year: 2017


Exhibition seeks to encourage conversations and invoke thoughts on how ink, as a traditional medium, remains relevant in modern times

The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) is proud to present “Perceptions”, a showcase of works by NAFA’s talented final year students, recent and established alumni who majored in Chinese ink painting. From 26 January to 25 February 2018, visitors would be able to explore how artists across different generations use Chinese ink to interpret and present the realities of the contemporary life.

Perceptions covers broadly about presentations in the abstract and reality, and how artists use the ink medium to achieve that in traditional ink works. Artists understand and draw lessons from Western contemporary art in their training at NAFA, where the environment creates an impetus for them to break away from the perceived rigid and strict routine paradigm of ink art. They utilise modern consciousness to integrate these confluences, and in doing so, create new possibilities demonstrated in their practice.

Recent NAFA graduate, Nur Hikmah’s ‘We are More Than Our Veil’, the self-portrait addresses the controversy of the hijab, through the eye of an artist. Hong Sek Chern, an artist well-known for her portrayal of urban settings and cityscapes in Chinese ink, went beyond traditional applications of ink on rice paper and into the realm of two and three-dimensional existence. The Untitled series of paintings make use of materials to carve a sense of space on an otherwise flat surface.

In conjunction with the exhibition, an ink forum and book launch will be organised on 7 February at Lim Hak Tai Gallery. The event will see established and young ink artists share how they retain, defy, and transcend traditional paradigms of ink painting in their artistic approaches through their works. Hong Sek Chern will also be launching her post-exhibition book ‘More Space’.

Annex 1 - Selected works and details of Perceptions
Annex 2 - Biographies of artists