Venue: iPreciation (誰先覺) 50 Cuscaden Road, HPL House #01-01, Singapore 249724
Private Preview: 4 Jul 2019, Thursday, 6 – 8pm (By Invitation Only)
Exhibition Opens to Public: 5 Jul – 20 Jul 2019
iPRECIATION is proud to present a solo exhibition by Han Sai Por 韩少芙, titled Dance With the Wind「隨風起舞」. Han is a prominent second-generation Singapore artist who has been recognised by the art industry as one of the leading modern sculptor driving the sculptural art scene to date. She has been conferred countless awards from the Singapore Culural Medallion in 1995, the top praise winner of the 11th Triennale India in 2005 to the winner of “The Leonardo Award for Sculpture” Chianciano Art Biennale in Italy, 2015. Widely acknowledged locally and internationally, Han has been actively participating in many prestigious art exhibitions. A thematic concern, commonly found in her artworks, involve the desire to reflect the beauty and importance of nature in our society.
Inspired by the natural cycle of life, her artworks depict the elegant beauty of nature and embody the philosophical thought of how ‘nature works in mysterious ways’. All of her paintings predominantly consist of bold black and white strokes of acrylic paint, with a few works containing other colours like dark blue and red. Han’s decision to dominate most of her canvas paintings with a black and white colour scheme allows her to create a dynamic visual perception of nature in both its abstract and solid form. This classic colour palette, often associated with modernist and minimalist themes, further encapsulates Han’s aesthetical perception of nature as being elegant and mysterious. The thick brush strokes across her paintings show how nature interacts with the atmosphere and the spacial constraint surrounding it. These bold and energetic abstract paintings will inspire the viewer’s imagination as they get to visually experience the wind shifting at different angles, giving the illusion that these paintings are coming to life.
The sculptures, meticulously carved out of Han white marble stone slabs （漢白玉）and stainless steel, are shaped according to the flora and fauna present in our everyday lives. Han felt that the reflective surface of the stainless steel in comparison with the opaqueness of the Han white marble juxtaposes nicely against one another. When Han first started the sculpturing process, she did it in China before bringing them back to Singapore for the final polishing. Every detail, from the smooth edges to the curves and lines present in each of her sculptures, reflects the sheer amount of time, labour and effort Han had invested in perfecting them. Han’s minimalistic approach in her artworks translates the profoundness behind her artistic thought when she was in the process of developing her paintings and sculptures. The gallery space, thus, becomes a temporal space for audiences to immerse, interact and appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of nature brought by Han Sai Por’s artworks.
Han Sai Por (b. 1943) is one of Asia’s leading modern sculptors and a recipient of Singapore’s Cultural Medallion award in 1995. Being educated in Fine Arts at Wolverhampton College of Art, United Kingdom (1983) as well as Landscape Architecture in Lincon University, New Zealand (2008), have established her knowledge in the understanding of nature and its environment, which in turn influenced her artistic work. Most of her organic works are inspired by the flora and fauna found in tropical forests of Southeast Asia. Her work comments on the changing landscape in the region and the deforestation that adversely impacts the environment and ecosystem. “The Black Forest” installation in 2011 is one such example as the series of works being exhibited contained strong social commentary on the bleak consequences of deforestation.
Han has participated in numerous international exhibitions around the world. Her works can be found in many private collections, international and local institutions, and public spaces including; National Museum of Singapore, Suzhou Centre in China, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore National Art Gallery, China National Museum in Beijing, Portland Sculpture Park in England and World United Nation, New York Singapore office building.
For more information on Dance with the Wind and Han Sai Por’s works, please contact us at (65) 6339 0678 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.