Born in Singapore, 1966
The current decade is plagued by the issues of the past – increasing income disparity between rich and poor, rise of nouveau rich such as people from the BRIC and excessive expenditure resulting in waste and decadence. In my current series of painting, large amount of ink, pigment and wash were applied on the paper surfaces forming pools and puddles that coalesce to suggest architectural forms such as old shop-houses and high-rises. I see these gestures as a remark on the culture of excess that defines our time.
Say Hua graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1992 and received his BA in Fine Arts from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) Australia in 1994. He went on to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College at University of London in 1997.
He held many solo exhibitions locally, such as “Spiral Staircases and Round Windows” (2012); “Beyond Concrete Reality” (2011); “Revisit Chinatown” (2011); “Inscribed Spaces” (2009); “Home and Beyond – Recent Ink Works of Chua Say Hua and Hong Sek Chern” (2012); “Inauguration” (2012); and participated in overseas group exhibitions, such as Asian International Art Exhibition (2011, 2010, and 2008); Art Expo Malaysia (2011); “The Art of Giving” (2011); The Affordable Art Fair (2010); “Soul Painting” Singapore (2008).
He received the Young Artist Award (2001); First Prize (Chinese Ink) UOB Competition (2001); First Prize (Abstract) in Expressions in Art Competition, Singapore Telecoms (1997); Distinction in Philippe Charriol Foundation, Singapore (1996); Chen Chong Swee Overseas Art Scholarship (1996); the Most Promising Young Artist Award given by Philippe Charriol Foundation,Singapore (1993); and Second Prize (Painting) in Philippe Charriol Foundation Singapore Art Award (1993).
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