Tung Yue Nang
Tung Yue Nang is no novice in the Singapore art scene. His striving passion for art led him to give up a career in advertising to become a full-time artist. He has painted for many years and has travelled widely in search of new inspirations for his art. Though constantly exposed to a vast variety of cultures, he still maintains a strong rapport over his very own oriental culture and flavour.
A perfectionist, Yue Nang practices precision and fine details in his works explicitly. He has also learned well the technique of traditional Chinese painting on rice paper. Thus, he experiments uninhibitedly with modern Western art. The result is a series of artworks that speaks a thousand words. His composition and themes are basically Oriental but his techniques have grown to be thoroughly modern and Western-influenced. His works clearly portray the laws of balance and harmony, which necessitate that everything is in proportion to the greater whole of the universe.
Tung’s works no matter how simple is often filled with philosophical ideas. His distinctive style is one that builds on basic ideas working figuratively to achieve a rich dramatic visual experience. This visual experience can no less be due to his versatility, variety and precision of techniques. His works are much sought after by local and foreign corporations and have been exhibited in several East Asian countries.
Four Seasons is a collage consisting of layers of rice paper and painted in many colours. Although Tung denies that any particular artist has been an influence on him, these earlier pieces recall the works of the abstract painter Mark Rothko. The edges of the rice paper are left as they are torn, and no effort is made to align the edges. The effect is like flowing water or floating clouds; there is a very ethereal quality to these free-form images. In subsequent pieces of the series, Tung returned to the square, cutting the edges of the torn strips to conform to the dictates of a square.
True to his tactile and sensitive nature, he appropriates the various mediums to express what he sees. Collage, as a mixed medium form of art, projects a good sense of feel and texture. Using fabric, rice paper, cloth, glass and various materials to appropriate the emotions, Tung spurns an intriguing myriad of colours and forms in his artwork. The result - a more accurate rendition of his perception of nature.
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