Tung Yue Nang
b. 1959, Singapore -
Born in Singapore in 1959, Tung Yue Nang (邓汝能) cultivated a keen interest for the arts since young. He delved into the formal arts world at the age of 15, when he began learning Chinese painting, calligraphy, seal carving and engraving under the tutelage of pioneer artist-educator, Shi Xiang Tuo.
Over the past three decades, his art practice has evolved to encompass Western mediums such as acrylic and mixed media painting, collage, sculpture, and photography. However, the medium of Chinese brush and ink remains the cornerstone of his practice and his immersion in the art form is guided by the Chinese Tao philosophy, which centres on harmony, tranquility and simplicity.
Over the past decade, Tung Yue Nang has established a dynamic ink repertoire that is recognisable for its dramatic and ornate figurative style. These works combine Western compositional techniques with a delicate Chinese brush-and- ink execution to express the unique beauty and richness of our local cultural landscapes. Architectural environments and human figures are related through tremendous accuracy and detail in these dramatically monochrome paintings.
Tung Yue Nang's multiple accolades over the decades include winning the Meritorious Award, Beautiful Singapore River Art Competition in 1977, and in 1985 when he received the Commendation Award in the UOB Painting of the Year Competition. In 2002, he was awarded the First Prize in the Dr Tan Tze Chor Art Award. The artist was once again awarded for First Prize in the Dr Tan Tze Chor Art Award in the year 2014.