Misty Dream, 2005
Ink and Color on Rice Paper, 52.5 x 52 cm
About the artwork
A dream with all its ambiguity includes clues that aid in its interpretation and help the space take form within the frames of our perception. While maintaining the abstraction that is typical to Hong Zhu An, "Misty Dream" is refreshing in its minimalistic approach that imbues the space with elements, signs and textures. The work features a muted colour palette that conveys a subtle sense of wistfulness and serenity. It is devoid of definite imagery except for two lines which stretch perpendicularly, generating movement and energy. The strong verticals they create convey an aura of stoicism and stability, yet their thin nature simultaneously reflects their delicacy and fragility, highlighting the nature of contradiction that Hong seeks to explore through this captivating and thought provoking work.
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.