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14.05 // 13.06.2021

The Ink Works of Cheong Soo Pieng

Cheong Soo Pieng, Resting, c. 1978-83, C

Immerse yourself in the story of Cheong Soo Pieng, Singapore’s pioneer art master and one of the most innovative Chinese artists of the 20th century, in artcommune gallery’s Tonalities: The Ink Works of Cheong Soo Pieng. With this first-ever retrospective survey of the artist’s entire body of ink work, visitors can look forward to over 100 ink exhibits that showcase different periods of the artist’s career.


Travel back in time to Cheong’s overseas painting sojourns and learn how they shape his oeuvre – the Bali trip that cultivated his lifelong preoccupation with Balinese figures and motifs; his encounters with post-war contemporary art in Europe; and his re-invention of Chinese classicism after returning from China. 


Uncover untold stories with never-before-seen works from his final years, and view this pioneer artist in a new light!


Art collectors and enthusiasts can also get hold of artcommune’s new bilingual (English and Chinese) publication, which shares the same title of the exhibition, to learn more about the artist’s body of ink work. For more information on the exhibition, visit artcommune’s website or follow artcommune’s Instagram and Facebook.

This video spotlights the intergenerational draw of Cheong Soo Pieng's inks, through interviews with collectors who are at different cycles of their art collecting journeys but share commonalities in their attraction to the artist's explorations in Chinese ink paintings.  artcommune gallery is honoured to have the participating collectors share their early encounters with Soo Pieng's works, their collecting criteria, and the individual paths they undertook to deepen their knowledge of art and art collecting. 


Diversity in ink (2021, May 13)

Retrieved from The Straits Times website 

钟四宾最大型水墨展 南洋风水墨卷轴罕见展出 (2021, May 13)

Retrieved from Zaobao website

SG gallery to mount first retrospective survey of master's ink oeuvre (2021, April 13)

Retrieved from Business Mirror website 

The Other Side of Cheong Soo Pieng at artcommune's "Tonalities" (2021, June 1)

Retrieved from Plural Art Mag website

Cheong Soo Pieng: 4 Things to Know About the Singapore Pioneer Artist and His Ink Paintings (2021, June 2)

Retrieved from Tatler website

Why Artist Cheong Soo Pieng's works are so precious to these Singapore collectors (2021, June 4)

Retrieved from Channel News Asia website

Uncovering the Ink Journey of Cheong Soo Pieng (2021, June 8)

Retrieved from B-side website 

Live interview with Capital 95.8FM (2021, May 17)

Retrieved from Mediacorp Capital 95.8FM Facebook page

Live interview with Money FM89.3 (2021, May 8)

Retrieved from Money FM89.3 website 

《墨韵:钟泗滨水墨作品展》 透过百件作品认识艺术先驱 (2021, May 14)

Retrieved from Travellution Media website 

8 paintings to look out for at Tonalities: The Ink Works of Cheong Soo Pieng (2021, May 13)

Retrieved from Little Day Out website 

Covid-19 Advisory

Your safety is our priority. For detailed information on the Safe Management Measures and regulations that we are adhering to in the exhibition, please click here

Exhibition Period

Date: 14 May - 13 June 2021*

Time: 12pm - 7pm daily

Venue: Artspace@Helutrans 

39 Keppel Road, Singapore 089065

*Exhibition venue is closed on Saturday, 15 May for a private event

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