20.03 // 04.04 2021
Works on Canvas and Paper
Wong Keen: Works on Canvas and Paper, the latest exhibition presented by artcommune gallery, promises an intimate yet dazzling showcase of 18 artworks by New York-trained Singapore painter Wong Keen. Spanning oil, acrylic and mixed media in varying sizes and formats, the exhibition serves to re-acquaint audiences with the artist's ever-evolving body of work, highlighting his recurring themes of the nude, the flesh, and the lotus in paintings and collages.
Wong Keen (b. 1942, Singapore - ) grew up in a Chinese literati environment in Singapore and as a child studied drawing and painting under pioneer artists Liu Kang and Chen Wen Hsi. He was an acclaimed teenage painter in the early Singapore art scene and in 1961 held his first solo exhibition at age 19. Having enrolled at the Art Students League of New York, he moved to America for his formal art education that same year, making him the first Singaporean and among the earliest of Chinese artists to venture into the flourished post-war American art scene. Having spend over 50 years in the US, Wong Keen registered a plethora of artistic influences that melded the fast-paced American art scene. His prolific oeuvre, which encompasses oil, ink, acrylic, collage and mixed media since the 1960s to the present, is a powerful embodiment of the delicate expressivity of Chinese ink wash aesthetics and Western inventive approach towards form and colour.
Date: 30 March - 04 April 2021
Time: 12pm - 7pm daily
Venue: artcommune gallery (address below)