Art Projects Gallery proudly presents “The Ink Dialogues” exhibition featuring the works of two Asian contemporary ink artists, Cai Jinwei and Tay Bak Chiang.
Both Jinwei and Bak Chiang have had years of training in Chinese ink painting. Absorbing the essence of traditional Chinese ink painting, they have been exploring technical innovation and seeking new interpretations to address contemporary sensibilities and aesthetics.
While the singularity of the artists’ works are visually apparent and demonstrates the depth and diversity of the possibilities in contemporary Chinese ink, It is also interesting to observe the aspects of universality in their works, despite their different backgrounds and age. This universality, whether deliberate or sub-consciously embedded in the artists’ works are the common denominator that links the contemporary ink movement back to the philosophy behind Chinese ink painting.
Like a language that connects people, the universality in Chinese ink painting empowers the ability to communicate across geographies, cultures and different generations of people. The beauty of the language, whether linguistic or this case visual, is also the capacity to accommodate individual idiosyncrasies of time and place that so often are the elements that define character and personality. The dialogues between the universal and individual, artist and audience, past and present, are the basis of the “Ink Dialogues – contemporary ink works” exhibition at Art Projects Gallery.
About the artists
Cai Jinwei was born in 1980 in Guangdong, China. She attained a Doctorate in Fine Arts from the Chinese National Academy of Arts in Beijing in 2012, and graduated with a Master of Chinese Painting and Bachelor of Chinese Painting from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 2008 and 2003 respectively.
Jinwei has attained a high level of mastery in the “gongbi” technique, commonly known as meticulous ink brush painting, that she uses to create ultra-intricate lines in her floral and butterflies compositions.
She is recognized as one of the leading contemporary ink artists in China and has won many awards including the Lin Ruoxi Foundation Emerging Artists Award in 2012. Jinwei’s works was selected to be part of Sotheby’s exhibition of contemporary ink art in 2013, titled “New Ink – An Exhibition of Ink Art by Post 1970 Artists from The Yiqingzhai Collection”.
Tay Bak Chiang was born in 1973 in Malaysia and currently resides in Singapore. He is known for his minimalistic, abstract contemporary ink paintings of birds, rocks, and lotus landscapes. His innovative use of natural colored pigments, together with Chinese ink and colors, creates vibrant colors and rich textures that are not common in traditional ink painting.
Bak Chiang graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore in 1995 and studied at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China, in 1997.
He was awarded the First Prize in the Chinese Painting category in the 19th and 22nd United Overseas Bank Painting of the Year Competitions (2000 and 2003 respectively). In 2002 he received the Young Artist Award from the National Arts Council of Singapore. His works are collected by various public and private art collections including The Istana - official residence and office of the President of Singapore, National Gallery Singapore, Simmons & Simmons Contemporary Art Collection and National Arts Council Singapore.
2000年及2003年，木彰曾兩度獲得新加坡大華銀行全國繪畫比賽第一奬；2002年，榮得新加坡國家藝術理事會頒發的視覺系青年藝術家奬。他的作品被多個重要的公共機構、私人企業及藏家收藏，其中包括新加坡總統府、新加坡國家美術館、Simmons & Simmons 當代藝術收藏、新加坡藝術理事會。
|Cool Breeze 清風, Chinese Ink and Colours on Rice Paperl, 69 x 34cm, 2015