Left – Shimmering 微光心影, 2016, 150 x 68 cm, Ink on Rice Paper
Right – Glistering, 波光粼粼, 2016, 150 x 68 cm, Ink on Rice Paper
Date: June 15-17, 2017 (By Invitation Only/Not Open to Public)
This private preview will feature the latest series of ink paintings by Singaporean artist, Oh Chai Hoo, before they are presented in a solo exhibition during Hong Kong Art Week, later this year in October 2017. Following the success of his solo exhibition, “Lifetime of Change” at iPreciation last year, Oh continues to push the boundaries of Chinese ink painting with his self-developed, experimental techniques. He remains deeply fascinated by rock and mineral structures, by-products of the accumulation of sediment in nature. Oh skillfully saturates each sheet of rice paper with rich, black ink, manipulating the fluidity of the medium and creating pattern-like layers and folds that resemble mountainous landscapes. He adeptly brings out a stunning sense of depth and texture in his realistic renditions of vast mountains, highlighting their unusual beauty. Measuring up to 150 centimetres tall, these newly-created paintings are a visual feast for the eyes, as they exude an enigmatic quality that immediately draws viewers into a state of tranquility. The paintings in this private showcase are available for acquisition. Please contact us at 63390678 or email@example.com to arrange for a private viewing appointment.
Oh Chai Hoo 胡财和 (b. 1960, Singapore) is an artist who works extensively with various artistic mediums, ranging from ink painting, seal carving to ceramics. He graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore in 1982. Oh’s mastery of the ink brush is as well admired as his fearless experimentation with the medium. In recent years, he has been focusing on the development of new ink techniques on rice paper. Making use of the slip trailer to complement the use of traditional calligraphy brushes, he pushes the boundaries of the art form’s rich heritage to create works that are powerful fusions of Eastern and Western fine art traditions. His bold experimentations include making use of Japanese kimono inks on rice-paper and calligraphy carvings on foil-layered teak. Chai Hoo’s works have been showcased at various exhibitions, including solo exhibitions, “Lifetime of Change” with iPreciation, Singapore (2016), as well as “Tropical Zen Garden” at Esplanade Theatres on The Bay, Singapore (2014). Apart from frequent exhibitions, he has also been given recognition for his outstanding works, by being awarded the Highly Commendable Award for Abstract Medium in the 18th UOB Painting Competition, Singapore (1999) and the Siaw-Tao Best Artwork Award, at the Siaw-Tao Annual Art Exhibition, Singapore, 2013. Oh’s works are in private and public collections including the National Museum Art Gallery (Singapore), Singapore Heritage Board, BNP Paribas (Singapore), DBS Bank (Singapore), Bank Brussels Lambert (Singapore), Hilton Hotel (Singapore), Hyatt Regency (Surabaya, Indonesia), Four Seasons (Bali, Indonesia), Regent Hotel (Jakarta, Indonesia) and Shangri-La Hotel (Qingdao, China).