Within a square inch: the art of seal carving

Seals have occupied a central position in Chinese culture and remains a valued and vital tradition of Chinese art. Inextricably linked to calligraphy - the art of fine, scholarly writing and painting, Chinese seal carving gradually evolved into a delicate, precise art form all on its own. Applied to works of art as a signature or a sign of ownership, the curvilinear lines in the seals can look as abstract or expressionist as a modern painting, or appear as whimsical, philosophical, or metaphoric and concise as a poem. This exhibition featured seals, paintings and calligraphy by eminent artists and calligraphers,  Lim Hak Tai, See Hiang To, Zhang Dannong,  Tan Kian Por , Wee Beng Chong, Lim Mu Hue, Tan Kee Sek, Tay Bak Chiang, Chung Chen Sun and Poon Lian.


From left: Mr Tay Bak Chiang, Artist; Dr Bridget Tracy Tan, Director, Institute of Southeast Asian Arts & Art Galleries, NAFA, Ms Oscar Ng, Head, Office of Student Care & Internship and Alumni Relations Office, NAFA; Mr Tan Kee Sek, Artist

Visitors viewing the artworks on opening night

Installation view of “Within a square inch”

Installation view of “Within a square inch”