Contemporary Chinese ink artists in Singapore from the 1980s to 2015 : identity, rejuvenation and the Nanyang style

Chin, Miao Hsu (2016) Contemporary Chinese ink artists in Singapore from the 1980s to 2015 : identity, rejuvenation and the Nanyang style. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Contemporary Chinese ink artists in Singapore from the 1980s to 2015 : identity, rejuvenation and the Nanyang style
Synopsis:

This thesis examines how the contemporary Chinese ink artists in Singapore, through their varying approaches, have rejuvenated Chinese ink painting from the 190s to 2015. By focusing on the sense of identity, attitudes towards the medium, and consequently the artistic strategies of a number of important artists, the influence of the Nanyang artists on the contemporary ink painters is discussed as a historical reference. The Nanyang artists’ search for the local identity embodied in their focus on local subject matter and use of hybrid artistic techniques form both the Eastern and the Western traditions serve as an important guiding force. Case studies on second-generation Chua Ek Kay (1947-2008) and third-generation Hong Sek Chern (b. 1967) and Tay Bak Chiang (b. 1973) reveal varying motivations and strategies employed by these artists. My analysis of artworks highlights significant influence from the Nanyang artists on Chua, whose struggle with issues of identity shaped his approach and strategies to art. However for Hong and Tay the influence dissipates; they do not have the identity struggle or tension from “choosing sides” and their art practice is also informed by multiple sources of inspiration due to the forces of globalization. The study also shows that Singapore’s Chinese ink artists converge with ink artists from rest of the world in seeing the need to “modernize” Chinese ink painting as they experiment with ink tradition.

Subjects: Art History
Art History > Art Singaporean influence
Divisions: Faculty of Fine Arts > Master - Asian Art Histories
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2016 12:07
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2016 12:07
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/399

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