Art New York 2017 – Ju Ming, Tang Da Wu, Irene Chou, Oh Chai Hoo,
Tay Bak Chiang, Milenko Prvacki, Jin Jie and Zhuang Shengtao
VIP Preview Date (By invitation only):
3rd May 2017, Wednesday, 2pm – 5pm
Fair Dates & Opening Hours:
Wednesday May 3 : 5pm-8pm
Thursday May 4 : 12pm-8pm
Friday May 5 : 12pm-8pm
Saturday May 6 : 12pm-8pm
Sunday May 7 : 12pm-6pm
Location: Pier 94 | 12th Avenue at 55th Street New York, NY 10019
iPreciation is proud to announce that the gallery will be participating in Art New York 2017, presenting a group exhibition featuring sculptures from Ju Ming’s Living World Series, ink paintings by Tang Da Wu, Oh Chai Hoo, Irene Chou, Tay Bak Chiang and Zhuang Shengtao, oil paintings by Jin Jie and acrylic paintings by Milenko Prvacki.
Ju Ming 朱銘 (b. 1938, Taiwan) was trained under the apprenticeship of Lee Chinchuan, where he mastered woodcarving and later under Yuyu Yang, a significant sculptor and pioneer of modern art. The maturity of his sculptural language and aesthetic style incorporates the free expression and embraces values of simplicity and environmentalism. Ju presents to an international audience, modern sculptures imbued with Chinese ideas; with the major works in his Taichi Series emphasizing abstract forms encompassing the spirit of Chinese taiji. He simplified Chinese sculpturing forms by incorporating Chinese freehand 写意 calligraphic strokes to mould his sculptures, creating semi-abstract and subsequently abstract sculptures; such a style as rarely seen anywhere else. Ju’s works are in many private and public places including the public collection of National Museum of Singapore, Williams College, USA, City Garden, USA, University of Kansas, USA, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, University of Cambridge, Ashmolean Museum Oxford University, St Catherine’s College Oxford, and Canada Botanical Gardens.
Irene Chou 周綠雲 (b. 1924, Shanghai) received a modern education from St. John’s University in 1945. Leaving Shanghai to settle in Hong Kong in 1949, she began to study Chinese painting under Zhao Shao’ang (1905-1998), an artist of the Lingnan School. Chou later studied under the tutelage of Lu Shou-Kun (1919-1975), whose theories of New Ink Painting inspired her to move away from conventional Chinese styles towards abstract forms. She explored through her paintings, the inner workings of the mind and its relationship to the mysteries of the universe. Her abstract paintings from the 1980s onwards exploded with a stunning energy; these powerful works have rendered her as one of the most innovative artists of the New Ink Painting movement in Hong Kong.After a stroke in 1991, Irene relocated to Brisbane, Australia, where she continued to paint more determinedly than ever. Today, her works are collected by the British Museum, the Chinese University Museum, the Fung Ping Shan Museum and the Hong Kong Museum of Arts, the University of Hong Kong, the City Gallery in Manila, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the National Arts Centre, the National Museum of History in Taipei, the Queensland Art Gallery and the Melbourne Raya Gallery in Australia. (Irene Chou passed away in Brisbane, Australia, in 2011)
Jin Jie 金捷 (b. 1965, China) holds a PhD in Fine Art from Nanjing University of Arts in Jiangsu province. A faithful proponent of the foundation and techniques of orthodox Western oil painting, he has adeptly mastered critical skills in western oil painting. While his works seem to resonate with Western modern art’s impressionistic tones, the soul of the subject is very much Chinese, reflecting the ideas and essence of the depth of Chinese culture. He strongly believes that an oil painting by a Chinese painter needs to be created and identifiable as a Chinese oil painting, not a Western one. Hence the style of his work is based on Chinese ink’s expressive painting写意 (xieyi, meaning expressive, freehand) style, where the focus is not on the detailed rendition of the subject but on its essence. Jin Jie has exhibited extensively in China and is a member of the prestigious China Artists Association amongst many other notable appointments in China. His works are collected by many privates, corporates and institutions.
Oh Chai Hoo 胡财和 (b. 1960, Singapore) is a local artist who works extensively with various mediums. He started his artistic creations at the age of 14, and holding his first group exhibition at 15 with respected artists such as Chen Wen Hsi. His mastery of the brush is as admired as his fearless experimentation with the medium. With his constant development of new techniques for ink on paper, he pushes the boundaries of the art form’s rich heritage to create works that are powerful fusions of Eastern and Western traditions of fine art. Oh graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore in 1982 and is a full time artist who is actively involved in the local arts scene. He is a member of various arts groups including the Singapore Sculpture Society and Nanyang Clay Group, and has had various solo and group exhibitions. He has exhibited in Singapore, Taiwan, China, U.K., Korea and Japan, and has won prestigious awards including the Highly Commendable Award for Abstract Medium in the 18th UOB Painting Competition, Singapore.
Tang Da Wu 唐大霧 (b. 1943, Singapore) received a BA in sculpture from the School of Fine Art, Birmingham Polytechnic (now Birmingham Institute of Art and Design) in 1974 and pursued advanced studies in sculpture at Saint Martins School of Art (now Central Saint Martins) from 1974–75. In 1985, he received an MFA from Goldsmith’s College, University of London. After returning to Singapore in 1979, Tang began to work in performance art, and in 1988, cofounded the Artists Village, a collective committed to promoting experimental art through the provision of studio and exhibition space. Through performance, installation, painting, and drawing, Tang explores social and environmental themes including deforestation, animal endangerment, and urban transformation. Tang was the recipient of the Visual Arts Award from the Arts Council of Great Britain in 1978, as well as the Artist Award from the Greater London Arts Council in 1983. In 1999, he was awarded the 10th Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in Arts and Culture. He has had solo exhibitions at ACME Gallery, London (1978), National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore (1980), Your Mother Gallery, Singapore (2005), Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur (2006), and Goodman Arts Centre, Singapore (2011). Important performances include Five Days at NAFA and Five Days in Museum, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and National Museum, Singapore (1982), They Poach the Rhino, Chop Off His Horn and Make This Drink, National Museum Art Gallery, National University of Singapore, and Singapore Zoo (1989), and Don’t Give Money to the Arts, Singapore Art exhibition and fair (1995). He has participated in group exhibitions including the Asian Art Show, Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan (1989), Art in Asia: Traditions/Tensions, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth (1998), Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial (1999), and Singapore Biennial (2006). He was featured in the Singapore Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2007. Tang lives and works in Singapore.
Milenko Prvacki (b. 1951, Yugoslavia / Singapore) graduated with a Master of Fine Arts (Painting) from the Institute of Fine Arts in Bucharest, Romania. He is one of the city’s foremost Art educators, having commenced teaching at LASALLE College of the Arts since 1994. He was Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts for 17 years, and currently holds the position of Senior Fellow. Milenko has exhibited extensively in Europe since 1971, with numerous showcases in public spaces and galleries in Singapore since 1993. With recent solo shows held in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, and Jakarta, Milenko also participated in recent group shows held at the Museum of Modern Art in Antwerp, Belgium, the Torrance Art Museum in Los Angeles, the NUS (National University of Singapore) Museum, and the Biennale of Sydney. He has also participated in numerous symposiums and art workshops worldwide, including a panel discussion on Southeast Asian art held at the Singapore Art Museum in 2011, an artist talk at the Istanbul Biennale in 2007, a discussion on Southeast Asian art in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 2001, and acted as visiting professor at Musashino Art University in Tokyo, and Sabanchi University in Istanbul. His works are in the permanent collection of the Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Australia; Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia; Singapore Art Museum, Singapore; Museum of Contemporary Drawing, Nurnberg, Germany among others. Milenko became a Singapore citizen in 2002 and is the recipient of the prestigious Cultural Medallion Award for Visual Arts in 2012.
Tay Bak Chiang 郑木彰 (b. 1973, Singapore) graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore in 1995 and studied at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China, in 1997. He was awarded the First Prize in the Chinese Painting category in the 19th and 22nd United Overseas Bank Painting of the Year Competitions (2000 and 2003 respectively). In 2002 he received the Young Artist Award from the National Arts Council of Singapore. He has had five solo exhibitions to date: Fa Zi Hua Sheng《法自画生》(2003), Between Breaths《呼吸之间》(2010), Ingenuity《天工》(2011), Hear the Wind Sing《且听风吟》(2012) and The Breath of A Blade《剑气》(2013). Bak Chiang has always been inspired by nature. To him, nature is perfection, balance and harmony. He also believes his work should bear the imprint of his environment and reflect the spirit of contemporary times, even if it is rooted in Chinese ink painting. Hence, he often interprets anew nature themes familiar in Southeast Asia, such as heliconias, banana and palm trees, stones and lotus ponds. Earlier in his practice, he experimented with deconstructing and reconfiguring nature motifs. More recently, he has attempted to move away from representational forms, abandoning motifs that may bear his feelings and points of view. He interprets lotus flowers as minimalist forms; stalks as thick, unembellished strokes; and stones as aloof, silent silhouettes, creating vistas that invite viewers to imagine and discover nature for themselves, just as nature intends for us to do.
Zhuang Shengtao 庄声涛 (b. 1944, China / Singapore) came to Singapore in 1955 with his parents. He enrolled in a part-time art program at the Nanyang Academy Of Fine arts in 1964, studying Chinese painting and calligraphy under the tutelage of renowned ink artist, Shi Xiang Tuo. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in 1974, and a Master’s degree in 1977, both obtained from Nanyang University, Singapore. He later went on to study French in Singapore, at the University of Nice (Nice, France) and the Alliance Francoise (Paris, France) in 1981. He moved to the USA in 1987 and enrolled in an Advanced English program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, California. Zhuang also studied print making at the Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle, Washington, USA) in 1988, and achieved a Master of Fine Art in the University of Washington, (Seattle, USA) in 1990. He has participated in many solo and group exhibitions in Singapore and other countries, including the ‘Three Singaporean Artists’ (1983, Raya Gallery, Australia), ‘New Direction – Singapore Contemporary Art in the 80s and The National Museum Centennial Art Exhibition’ (1987, Singapore National Museum Art Gallery), ‘Journey of Ink’, (1993, Singapore National Museum Art Gallery), ‘Power and Poetry – Monuments and Meditations in Chinese Contemporary Ink Paintings’ (1998, Singapore Art Museum), ‘5thInternational Ink Painting Biennial of Shenzhen’ (1999, Shenzhen, China) and in BenSe Art Museum, (2009, Suzhou, China). Zhuang now lives and works in Suzhou, China.
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