Strokes of Life: The Art of Chen Chong Swee
National Gallery, City Hall Wing, Level 4 Gallery
1 St Andrew’s Road #01–01,
Mar 11, 2017 To Dec 03, 2017
Detail: Chen Chong Swee was an important early Singapore artist and educator who made significant contributions to the development of the Singapore and Malaya art scenes. He was amongst the first artists in Singapore to incorporate local subjects in his works, depicting Malay village scenes in his ink paintings from as early as the 1930s.
This show features key works from his six decade-long career. It highlights his proficiency in both Chinese and Western art traditions as well as his exploration and experimentation with Chinese painting techniques.
Wu Guanzhong: A Walk through Nature and Rediscovering Treasures: Ink Art from the Xiu Hai Lou Collection are running at the Wu Guanzhong Gallery in tandem with this exhibition. Viewed collectively, these complementary shows offer a broad overview of the evolution of modern Chinese painting.