The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) presents Crashing Waves, Billowing Clouds, an exhibition that pays tribute to the late artist Tan Kian Por, Cultural Medallion recipient and a well-loved teacher. Curated by the Estate of Tan Kian Por, the exhibition showcases 70 of Tan’s best works created between 1985 and 2016.
Tan was born in China and moved to Singapore in 1962. He enrolled in NAFA in 1968 and studied under the mentorship of the late See Hiang To and Chen Chong Swee. Tan also founded the Siaw-Tao Chinese Seal-Carving Calligraphy and Painting Society in 1971 with a few like-minded friends.
Western art inspired Tan to incorporate abstract elements into Chinese ink painting. It was important to Tan that artists reflect on their environment and be bold to experiment while innovating within tradition. This is evinced through his works such as a portrait of an ethnic man暮影残年 Waning Years, his mastery of traditional script and seal carving in 汉三公山碑集联 Han Dynasty, San Gong Shan Stele as well as悬解 Enlightened and abstract ink painting水月相忘 Forgetting Each Other, the Moon and Water.
Crashing Waves, Billowing Clouds runs until 5 May 2021, 11am to 7pm (closed every Monday and Public Holiday), at the Lim Hak Tai Gallery.
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