Visiting the Underwater Series 2020 by Tay Kiam Hong is akin to roaming the underwater world and encountering sea creatures swimming alongside each other. The exhibition was originally scheduled to be held last year at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), but was delayed for a year due to the pandemic. This is the third solo exhibition of local artist Tay Kiam Hong (72), where more than 40 works are exhibited, including large scale pieces and handscrolls. It is rare that an artist like Tay takes on the subject of marine life through the medium of Chinese painting, where he has worked tirelessly to do so for 20 years.
From visiting Sentosa’s Underwater World to The Jellyfish Pavilion at Hong Kong Ocean Park, he has also learned about marine ecology and habits from biology books and scientific research archives, presenting them through his works. Tay studied Western Painting at NAFA more than 50 years ago, which established his foundations for Chinese painting. He used to work as an interior designer, where he paid attention to composition and negative spaces.
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