Chinese Ink Painting Demonstration (Techniques and Aesthetics Appreciation) by Quek Kiat Sing

17 Dec 2012, 3:30 - 4:30pm

Booth: 2B-6

"It is my firm belief that Contemporary Chinese Ink Painting should be an extension from Traditional Chinese Painting, and not a disjoint practice.  During this demonstration, I shall share with audience the techniques and aesthetic appreciation criterias for Chinese Ink Painting through subjects like bamboo, orchid, wisteria and others." Kiat Sing


Dates & Times

15 - 18 November 2012
Private View (By invitation only): 14 November, Wednesday - 1800 – 2200
Arty-Licious Evening: 16 November, Friday - 1800 – 2200

Public Opening Hours
15 November, Thursday: 1200 – 2000
16 November, Friday: 1200 – 1800
17 November, Saturday: 1100 – 2000
18 November, Sunday: 1100 - 1800


F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard, Singapore 038975


Tickets will be available for purchase on SISTIC
Arty-Licious Evening - $25 for 1/$40 for 2 tickets for advance booking/or $30 at the door
Group Package (any day)- $30 for advance booking/$40 at the door
General Admission - $10 for advance booking/$12 at the door
Concession - $8 (only at the door)

Rethinking Chinese Ink: Persevering against the grain in the contemporary art market

INSTINC art space is proud to present three contemporary Singaporean Chinese ink painters at The Affordable Art Fair from 15 – 18 November 2012. Chinese ink painting has been somewhat lost in the hullabaloo of flamboyant and experimental works produced for an art market fixated on sensationalists works and speculations on the next big star.

Artists like Quek Kiat Sing, Oh Chai Hoo and Yeo Shih Yun who who choose to work with Chinese ink enjoy the potential and diversity of the medium and are inspired rather than shackledby its abundant history. They embrace the challenges that come with the nature of the medium — the exacting control of ink flow, the delicacy of the paper — and deftly update this well-established tradition with their unique contemporary styles.

Quek Kiat Sing juxtaposes modern-day subjects with traditional Chinese Ink to emphasise the relevancy of Asian culture in contemporary life. She has received numerous awards and been commended in competitions such as the Sovereign Asian Art Prize, United Overseas Bank Painting of the Year Competition, the Dr Tan Tsze Chor Art Award and the China ASEAN Youth Artwork Creativity Contest. She has twice been awarded the Freeman Fellowship at Vermont Studio Centre, USA; represented Singapore at the ASEAN Cultural Week in Vietnam in 2004; and received the India-ASEAN Artist residency at Darjeeling, India in 2012.

Oh Chai Hoo's mastery of the brush is as well-admired as his fearless experimentation with the medium. He pushes the boundaries of the art form's rich heritage to create works that are powerful fusions of Eastern and Western traditions of fine art. His innovations include using Japanese kimono inks on rice-paper and calligraphy carvings on foil-layered teak. Recent solo exhibitions include “Light of the heart” and “Impressions From the Heart” both at Artfolio in Singapore, and “Wood” at Galleri Stockhard in Finland. Recent group exhibitions include “Mo(INK)” at Jendala Visual Arts Space, Esplanade, Singapore.

Yeo Shih Yun is known to reinterpret the very act of ink painting with striking results. Her experimentations of fusing the traditional form with contemporary mediums like new media or performance art has garnered much acclaim, including a commission by the Singapore Art Museum, winning the Sovereign Asian Art Prize People's Choice Award in 2012 and being awarded a Certificate of Distinction and Highly Commended Entry at the UOB Painting of the Year Competition in 2007. Her painting at the Sovereign Asian Art Prize was auctioned for a record SGD15,000.