Sound Of Ink: A Solo Exhibition By Zhou Su Yin
Young and dynamic Chinese-Canadian contemporary artist sparkles at her debut solo exhibition in Singapore at The Arts House
Singapore, 29 June 2010– One of the brightest talents in the art scene today, Chinese-Canadian contemporary artist, Zhou Su Yin, is pleased to present her solo exhibition of water colour and calligraphy entitled Sound Of Ink for the first time in Singapore at The Arts House from 14 to 24 July 2010, following its immense success at the United Nations Headquarters, New York in August 2009. Known for her distinctive style that embraces the spirit of Eastern philosophy and Western culture, the talented 24 year-old artist will showcase her signature Chinese calligraphy works, Chinese watercolour, as well as ink-and-wash paintings (水墨画) at this not-to-be-missed exhibition in Singapore.
A graduate with a B.A. in Visual Arts from Columbia University, New York in 2008, Su Yin’s works have been displayed in several solo and group exhibitions in Canada, China and the United States. Su Yin was the youngest artist to hold a solo exhibition at the United Nations Headquarters. SoundOf Ink won much acclaim then with nearly 300 guests present at the opening reception.
Sound Of Ink is a free exhibition to the public and features 40 art pieces, out of which, nine new works will be unveiled. Su Yin describes the inspiration behind this exhibition: “It is a collaboration of the senses, both visual and hypothetically audible. I think my works have depths and details like in symphonies, sometimes it can look loud, careful, or quick. The rhythm of the brush, the flow of the water, could be seen and likened to sound.”
In addition, two of her paintings will be auctioned to raise funds for the Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT-BAF), and the National University of Singapore (NUS) Master of Science degree programme on Environmental Management. As a young artist, Su Yin chose BT-BAF as a beneficiary to support young people in developing their talents. This is in line with BT-BAF’s aim to enable budding artists distanced by socio-economic circumstances to pursue their aspirations.
What: Sound of Ink: A Solo Exhibition by Zhou Su Yin
Where: The Arts House (Blue Room, Living Room & Gallery)
1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429
Tel: (65) 6332 6900 | www.theartshouse.com.sg
When: 14 to 24 July 2010
Opening hours: 10am to 8pm daily. (Free admission)
Background of Zhou Su Yin
Born in Shanghai, Zhou Su Yin moved to Canada with her parents when she was two. At the tender age of five, she began studying the traditional brushwork techniques of Chinese watercolour painting and Chinese calligraphy with Professor Mozhi Chen, a veteran in the Chinese painting scene. Su Yin was regarded as a child prodigy of Chinese painting and calligraphy when she displayed great potential in her first solo exhibition at the age of 14. Since then, she further developed a style of her own, where her fluid brush strokes and splashes of ink depict subjects that are vivid and lifelike.
The dynamic artist is also known for her recent contemporary Chinese art pieces, highly regarded by veterans as an inspirational effort to reinvigorate the art of Chinese painting. Embracing the use of traditional Chinese art materials – rice paper (宣纸), ink and water, the ten paintings of Su Yin’s Untitled series depict a contemporary take on traditional Chinese ink-and-wash paintings.
Su Yin enjoys portraying nature as subject matter in her paintings, in particular flowers as well as nature in the abstract form. For instance, the Primordial series depicts nature by having elements of different types of living organisms. Due to her love for nature, Su Yin also selected the NUS Master of Science degree programme on Environmental Management as one of her beneficiaries. “I chose an organisation that would promote the preservation of nature as it is ever so prevalent in my work,” says Su Yin.
Colin Goh, General Manager of The Arts House adds: “We are honoured to have Su Yin in Singapore for the Sound of Ink exhibition. The Arts House has always been supportive of young artists, as seen from BT-BAF, where we champion to give every child in Singapore an opportunity to develop his/her artistic talent. Hence, we thank Su Yin for contributing to BT-BAF and her efforts in promoting the arts scene in Singapore.”
Please refer to accompanying bio of Zhou Su Yin for more information on the artist.
Highlights of Sound Of Ink
New Works (to be named)
Artist’s synopsis: These are the three of the newest additions to my collection. Through these, I was able to experiment more with colours, and not rely only on the boldness of ink.
Primordial series, 91 x 61cm, 2009
Artist’s synopsis: The work was created with a combination of techniques that I learnt through traditional brush painting, printmaking and photography. It is a series of silk-screens but also with hand painting and the use of a light box done on Mylar. The images in these works are pure nature. I derived elements from different types of living organisms, shapes and lines.
Explosions series, 135 x 68cm, 2008
Artist’s synopsis: This is one of the first successful series of ink paintings I did. They can exist individually or as a whole, they are inter-connectable. It also bears resemblance to my more traditional works of lotus ponds. Hence it is a bridge between the two styles I have developed. But because of ambiguity of what it really is, these masses can be interpreted as many other things.
Wood Peony, Mineral Colour on Silk, 100cm x 66cm, 1999
Artist’s synopsis: This is a piece I did when I was very young. It is a very traditional, high detailed watercolor on silk. I spent about 300 hours on this over two months during the summer. The application of colour and quality of line drawing is very detailed for every part of the painting.
Shi Gu Wen, 147cm x 370cm, 2001
Artist’s synopsis: This is a piece written in a style of calligraphy commonly known as Seal Script and is the largest work of calligraphy I have done.
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