Chua Ek Kay

1947 Guangdong China -2008 Singapore

Introduction

Born in Guangdong, Chua Ek Kay migrated to Singapore in the 1950s where he pioneered a signature style of spontyaneous modernist brushwork, derived from the traditional Shanghai school ink painting of his teacher Fan Chang Tien. Chua is best known for his Lotus Pond Series, where he renders the impression and essence of the lotus flowers within quick, truncated calligraphic strokes. He essentially became to Chinese ink painting what Monet was to European Impressionism, by capturing the spirit and vitality of abundant nature and infusing it with a meditative, minimalistic quality. The artist grasped through a viewer’s intuition rather than by full physical definition.


BIOGRAPHY
1947           Born in Chenghai, Guangdong, China

1953          Moved to Singapore with family when six years old
                  Studied in Chinese school and learned Chinese calligraphy                               

1975-1987 Studied Chinese ink painting under Fan Chang Tien (1907-1987, Chinese ink painter in Singapore)

1989          Advanced Diploma, Lasalle College of Arts, Singapore

1993          Guest Curator, Journey of Ink, Ink Paintings in Singapore, National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore

1994          Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Tasmania, Australia   

1995          Master of Arts (Hons) Visual Arts, University of Western Sydney, Australia

1998          Guest Curator, Art of Fan Chang Tien and His Students, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

1999          Member of Curatorial Committee, Nokia Singapore Art, Singapore

2001          Member of Curatorial Committee, Nokia Singapore Art, Singapore

2003          President, Young Talent Exhibition 2003, Singapore

2008          Passed away in Singapore

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS 
2016       

  • Chua Ek Kay: After the Rain, National Gallery Museum, Singapore 
1988                       
  • Chua Ek Kay’s Works in Chinese Ink, Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Singapore
2009           
  • Remembering Chua Ek Kay: One year on..., Gallery School of Economic/School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University, Singapore
2005                       
  • Yixi, Recent Work, Shanghai Art Museum, China
2003                       
  • Being & Becoming, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore
2001                       
  • Street Scenes Revisited, Soobin Gallery, Singapore
2000          
  • Lyrical Spaces, Wetterling Teo Gallery, Singapore
1998                       
  • Hunter of the Wilderness, Art Forum, Singapore
1997                       
  • Colour of Infinity, CHIJMES, Singapore
1995                       
  • Recent Works by Chua Ek Kay, University of Western Sydney, Australia
1992                       
  • Duality and Tension, National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore
1990                       
  • Street Scene by Chua Ek Kay, Art Affair at Duxton Road, Singapore 


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 
 

2014                       
2007           
  • 3rd Shanghai Ink Biennial, Exploration: New Ink Art Shanghai, Zhu Qizhan Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  • Exhibition Celebrating 10th Anniversary of Hong Kong’s Return to China 2007, Central Library, Hong Kong
2005                       
  • Art Festival Visual Art Exhibition, Singapore Management University, Singapore
2002                       
  • Timeless Space Damask Asia, London, UK

2001                       
  • Ink & Colour, 2 Singaporean Artists, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Asian Art Today 2001, Earl Lu Gallery, Singapore
  • Nokia Singapore Art 2001, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore 
1999                       
  • Ambulation, Earl Lu Gallery, Singapore
  • Beyond Tradition: Art of the New Migrant Chinese, Earl Lu Gallery, Singapore
  • Power and Poetry, Monuments and Mediations in Chinese Ink Painting, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
  • CRISP, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
1998                       
  • Philip Morris ASEAN Art Exhibition, Hanoi, Vietnam
1997                       
  • Nine Artists in Bali, Fort Canning Hill, Singapore
1996                       
  • A Century of Art in Singapore, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
  • 3rd ASEAN Art Exhibition, Art Symposium & Workshop, Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), Singapore
1992                       
  • Singapore Art Festival, Tai-Ku Sheng, Hong Kong
1991           
  • 25 Years of Art from Singapore, Meridian House International Washington DC, Indianapolis, Dallas, Los Angeles, Honolulu, USA


SELECTED AWARDS

2002        Lasalle College of Arts Fellowship, Singapore

1999        Cultural Medallion Award, Government of Singapore

1998        Juror’s Choice, Philip Morris ASEAN Art Award, Singapore

1991        Grand Prize, United Overseas Bank 10th Painting of the Year Award, Singapore

 

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Merrill Lynch International Bank, New York, USA

Rhone-Poulenc, New York, USA

National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore

National Library, Singapore

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore

Ministry of Information and the Arts, Singapore

Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore

United Overseas Bank Group, Singapore

Raffles Hotel, Singapore

Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir, Malaysia

Hotel Grand Plaza, India