Hong Zhu An

Rumination, 2016
Ink on Rice Paper, 105 x 105 cm

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About the artwork

The human mind has a tendency to mull over thoughts, as if searching for meaning and truth that could ease their minds. In this work, Hong Zhu An portrays the repetition of our humanistic thoughts, creating the uniform columns of calligraphic text that show a single thought being contemplated recurrently. It could also signify endless thoughts flourishing in our minds, ever-growing and augmenting. Muted and dull colours do not indicate weariness of this process at all, but hints at the peace and serenity that such replay of thought creates.

About the artist

Chinese-born Hong Zhu An (b. 1955) is one of the finest artists in Singapore today. Trained under famous art scholar Wang Zidou at the Shanghai Art and Craft Institute, the artist is proficient in both Chinese and Western Art. Painting in acrylic and ink, his works exude a serenity and energy that calms the mind and offers insightful abstract interpretation alongside enchanting visuals. Constantly growing in both skill and prestige, he has exhibited his works in South East Asia, the USA and Australia and has received numerous accolades throughout his career, including the UOB Painting of the Year ‘Grand Award’. His works have been collected by major institutions such as the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Princeton University Museum in New York, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and Singapore Art Museum. 

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