The Hours 日居月諸 – Recent Ink Works by Zhuang Shengtao

Private Preview:
Saturday, Apr 20, 2024, 3:30 – 6pm (By Invitation Only)
Artist’s Talk:

Saturday, Apr 20, 2024, 2 – 3pm

(Conducted in English and Chinese, Limited Seats Available)

Also live-streamed @ iPreciation FB page

Moderated by Dr Hwang Yin

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Exhibition Opens to Public:

April 22 – May 11 2024

10am – 7pm (Mon – Fri)

11am – 6pm (Sat)

Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays 


50 Cuscaden Road, HPL House #01-01, Singapore 249724

Tel: + 65 6339 0678   Fax: + 65 6438 2080

Zhuang Shengtao Unveils “The Hours 日居月諸: Recent Ink Works” at iPRECIATION

Renowned Singaporean contemporary ink artist Zhuang Shengtao presents his latest exhibition, The Hours 日居月諸: Recent Ink Works, at iPRECIATION from 20th Apr to 4th May. This captivating collection explores the passage of time through a series of ink paintings, each titled after a specific hour of the day.

About the Exhibition:

The Hours 日居月諸 delves into the evocative nature of time through Zhuang’s mastery of ink and brushwork. Each painting captures the essence of a particular hour, conveying its unique character and atmosphere. From the quiet contemplation of dawn to the vibrant energy of midday, and the introspective stillness of dusk, Zhuang’s works transport viewers on a meditative journey through the day’s cycle.

Beyond the literal representation of time, the exhibition also explores deeper philosophical concepts. The title itself, The Hours 日居月諸, translates to “sun resides, moon resides,” referencing the ancient Chinese belief in the circular nature of time and the harmonious balance between day and night.

Zhuang’s signature style, characterized by bold brushstrokes and a fusion of traditional and contemporary aesthetics, takes centre stage in this exhibition. Abstract forms and expressive gestures evoke the emotions and energy associated with different times of the day. Through his innovative approach, Zhuang redefines the possibilities of ink painting and challenges viewers to contemplate the profound significance of time in our lives.

About the Artist:

Zhuang Shengtao, a prominent figure in Singaporean contemporary ink art, embarks on an enthralling artistic journey that transcends geographical boundaries. Born in China in 1944, he relocated to Singapore with his family in 1955. Currently residing in Suzhou, China, Zhuang’s artistic roots run deep in classical Chinese traditions, coupled with a profound understanding of Chinese literature, culture, and philosophy.

Zhuang laid the groundwork for his artistic pursuits with a Foundation Class at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore in 1964. Under the tutelage of renowned calligrapher See Hiang Tho, he honed his artistic prowess, refining his skills to reach new heights of expression and creativity.

His academic journey is notable, with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), First Class, from Nanyang University, Singapore in 1974, and a subsequent Master of Arts from the same university in 1977. Seeking to expand his horizons, Zhuang pursued higher education abroad, earning a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, USA, in 1990. His time in the USA exposed him to Western artistic influences, leading to a transformation in his painting style upon his return. Incorporating elements from the West, Zhuang’s art evolved, blending Eastern and Western aesthetics into a unique and captivating expression of contemporary ink art. This rich academic and artistic background has greatly contributed to Zhuang’s significant presence in the world of contemporary Chinese ink art.

Throughout his career, Zhuang has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally. His works have garnered critical acclaim for their innovative approach to ink painting and have been acquired in prestigious institutions like the National Gallery Singapore.

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50 Cuscaden Road
HPL House #01-01
Singapore 249724

Opening Hours:
Mon – Fri: 10am – 7pm
Sat: 11am – 6pm
Sundays and Public Holidays
by appointment only
The gallery will be closed from
Jan 21-24, 2023.
Business will commence as usual from
Jan 25, 2023.

Tel 65 6339 0678
Fax 65 6438 2080

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