Beyond Ink – Suzhou

Venue: iPreciation (誰先覺), 50 Cuscaden Road, HPL House #01-01, Singapore 249724

Private Preview: Mar 4, 2021  (By Invitation Only)

Exhibition Opens to Public: Mar 5 – Mar 27, 2021

(Due to social distancing, prior viewing arrangement is recommended. Please cal6339 0678 or email Brian at brian.foong@ipreciation.com)

iPreciation proudly presents a solo exhibition by Singapore pioneer contemporary ink artist, Zhuang Shengtao, titled Beyond Ink – Suzhou. This exhibition showcases a series of works by Zhuang since his move to Hangzhou in 1996 and to Suzhou a year later. Basking in the historical ambience of Suzhou, Zhuang lives increasingly like a literati artist, yet with a modern twist. The ink master further pushes the boundaries of daxieyi (freehand brushwork) as he seeks to blend ancient Chinese ink traditions with western contemporary aesthetics.

As the title suggests, Beyond Ink – Suzhou highlights the contemplative nature and metaphysical resonance of Zhuang’s works as they transcend recognisable forms and are imbued with schools of thought that he is fascinated with. With a solid foundation in Chinese philosophy and Chinese calligraphy and painting, combined with his early explorations in Europe and the United States, Zhuang’s audacious, uninhibited brushwork and unconventional composition strike a delicate balance between the East and the West. As Zhuang gets progressively liberal in his swings and sways, his abstract ink series is filled with bold, thick, and blunt strokes of pigment that are deeply introspective and philosophical.

Zhuang Shengtao (b. 1944) migrated to Singapore with his family from Chao’an, China in 1955. He enrolled in foundation classes at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1964 and studied under renowned calligrapher, See Hiang To. Zhuang graduated from Nanyang University with a Bachelor’s degree (First Class Honours) in 1972 and a Master’s degree in 1977, both in Chinese Literature. In 1981, Zhuang travelled to France for a year during which he toured several parts of Europe. Zhuang headed to the United States in 1987 where he later obtained a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Washington, Seattle. In 1996, Zhuang travelled to Hangzhou, China. He has been residing in Suzhou, China since 1997.

誰先覺將舉辦新加坡當代水墨先鋒莊聲濤個展「楮墨之外—在蘇州」,展出莊聲濤自1996年移居中國至今的作品。旅居蘇州超過20年,經過蘇州悠長古韻的陶養,莊聲濤更像是現代文人雅士了。他的畫風愈發縱逸灑脫,構圖不循常規,豪邁的揮筆自成一家。

本次展覽取題「楮墨之外」意即莊聲濤一系列水墨創作所流露出的情感與哲學早以超出紙墨之外,溢於楮墨之表。莊聲濤酷愛大寫意,大肆揮毫,一氣呵成的恣意與意趣每每讓他陶醉不已。深厚的中國傳統文化底蘊,結合早期遊歷西方的經驗,再經過歲月的積澱打礳,他的筆觸一點一刷皆抒情達意,筆力渾厚蒼勁,無不散發古典詩意與韻律,更融合了中國傳統和西方美學的精髓。本次展覽呈獻的作品,幅幅筆意酣暢、氣韻貫通,充滿莊聲濤的深刻自省與人生哲理。

莊聲濤(生於1944)11歲隨家人從中國潮安移居新加坡。1964年考入南洋美術專科學校,師從書法名家施香沱。1972年畢業於南洋大學文學系(第一等榮譽學位)並於1977年考獲碩士學位。1981年前往法國旅居一年,期間遊歷歐洲各地。1987年,前往美國,後於華盛頓大學考獲美術碩士學位。1996年,赴杭州,隔年定居蘇州。


 

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