Oh Chai Hoo 胡財和 (b. 1960)

Oh Chai Hoo is a local artist who works extensively with various medium. He started his artistic creations at the age of 14, and holding his first group exhibition at 15 with respected artists like Chen Wen Hsi and others. His mastery of the brush is as admired as his fearless experimentation with the medium. However, despite all experimentations, he remains committed to the use of ink. He believes in the honesty and truthfulness of working with the medium. Unlike other types of paint, ink is temporary, instant, honest and sincere. The moment the brush is laid on the paper surface, the strokes are irreversible, and every trace of movement is captured by the ink, leaving no chance for correction. The honesty and sincerity of the medium captures everything about the artist – the mood and personality, as well as the familiarity and mastery of the artist in his use of the medium.

His recent works feature his unique method of using self-ground pigments on rice paper to create images inspired by Zen Buddhism and nature. His works are a reflection of both the physical and the spiritual. The series of rocks created for his solo exhibition, 《物换星移》Lifetime of Change entails the artist’s fondness for nature, in particular the natural formation of rock structures. As he is inspired by the natural accumulation of sediments in the formation of rocks over time, his rocks highlight the beauty of the imperfections of rock forms. In the artist’s own words, he asserts that “我的石头都会说话的。(All my rocks speak for themselves.)” Each of his works tells its own story.

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 also 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.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019 | “Gentle Breeze, Moving Hearts”, iPreciaton, Singapore
  • 2016 | Lifetime of Change, iPreciation, Singapore
  • 014 | Tropical Zen Garden, Esplanade, Singapore
  • 2013 | Silent Conversation, Utterly Art, Singapore 2006 | Xin Deng – Light of the heart, Art Folio, Singapore
  • 2004 | Xin Ji – Impressions From the Heart, Artfolio, Singapore
  • 2003 | Mu – Wood, Galleri Stockhard, Finland
  • 2001 | Ru Shi – As it is…, Artfolio SPACE, Singapore
  • 2000 | Eastern Grandeur, American Club, Singapore
  • 1998 | Yi Qi Yi Hui – Solo Reiterate, Artfolio SPACE, Singapore
  • 1999 | Nonentity existence, Artfolio Gallery, Singapore

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2017 | Virtuoso In Ink, Art Agenda S.E.A, Chan + Hori Contemporary, Singapore / When Space Dissolves Into Luminosity; Where Flowers Bloom Amidst Rocks, iPreciation, Singapore / Art New York Art Fair 2017, New York, USA / Impressions – Seal Carving Exhibition by Siaw-Tao, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 2016 | Portable Art Week, iPreciation, Singapore / A Thousand Cups & Maybe More, The Art Space, Singapore
  • 2015 | These Sacred Things, (Visual Art Space), Esplanade, Singapore
  • 2014 | We do! We do art!, One East Artspace, Singapore / Nothing in Common, Utterly Art, Singapore / Inkpression, Hakaren Art Gallery, Singapore / Ceramic group show, Scent of time, Singapore
  • 2012 | Ink (mo), Esplanade, Singapore 2013 | Season’s Interpretation – 2-men show, One East Asia, Singapore
  • 2011 | Modern Creative Calligraphy Exhibition, Singapore / Singapore Sculpture Society 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Singapore
  • 2009 | Jia – Home, Artfolio Singapore
  • 2010 | Siaw-Tao 40th Anniversary Art Exhibition, Singapore
  • 2003 | Modern Calligraphy Exhibition (Travelling Exhibition), China / GAM Art Exhibition (Ceramic), Toyota City Art Museum, Japan
  • 2002 | Seal Carving Exhibition, Singapore / Tao Ren Wu Yu – Clay Speaks, 1st Asian Ceramic Exhibition, Nanyang Clay Group, Singapore
  • 1996 | Siaw-Tao Art Exhibition, Shantou, China
  • 1993 | Siaw-Tao Art Exhibition, Shanghai, Hangzhou
  • 1991 | The Grand Discovery Art Exhibition, Singapore / International Watercolour Exhibition, Korea and Taiwan
  • 1989 | Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Lecturer Art Exhibition, Singapore
  • 1987 | IBM Art Award Exhibition, Singapore / National Museum Centenary Art Exhibition, Singapore / Tan Tze Chor Award Exhibition, Singapore
  • 1986 | Not The Singapore River Art Exhibition, Port of Singapore Authority, Artist Encouragement Scheme, Arbor Fine Art, Singapore
  • 1981 | Two-Man Show, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore

Awards

  • 2013 | Siaw-Tao Best Artwork Award
  • 2010 | Siaw-Tao Achievement Award
  • 1999 | Highly Commendable Award, Abstract Medium 18th UOB Painting Competition, Singapore
  • 1992 | Distinction in Visual Art Creation, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Alumni Association, Singapore

Selected Artwork Images

The Space of a Memory 记忆的空间,2015,48x70cm,Pigments on Rice Paper

 

 

Nationality

Singapore


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