Old Campus Revisited: A Chua Ek Kay Collection of the Catholic High School

Old Campus Revisited: A Chua Ek Kay Collection of the Catholic High School

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Opening Day10 January 2012, Tuesday, 6.30pm
Guest of HonourProfessor Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Singapore
Period11 January - 11 March 2012
Location 51 Waterloo,

The Private Museum presents an exhibition which showcases the Catholic High School’s special collection of paintings by the late local artist, Chua Ek Kay, who is an old boy of the school. He is known for his combination of both Eastern and Western art techniques and theories in his works. A special selection from the Catholic High School will be featured in this exhibition with subject matters ranging from traditional Chinese paintings of birds and flowers, to old buildings and abstractions which reflects the evolution of Ek Kay’s artistic practice. The highlight of this exhibition will be the display of four Chinese ink paintings of the former Catholic High School campus at 222 Queens Street, now 51 Waterloo Street. Coincidentally, this is where The Private Museum is currently located. Ek Kay painted these works in 2005 with the sole purpose of donating them to the school and its new campus in Bishan. Ek Kay donated more works to the school subsequently, totaling to an impressive number of twenty-five Chinese ink paintings.

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Artist Biography

Chua Ek Kay (1947 – 2008)

The late Chua Ek Kay was a China-born Singaporean artist who practiced contemporary Chinese ink paintings and is known for his combination of both Eastern and Western art theories and techniques in his works. He also engaged in art lecturing as well as curatorship and poetry. In 1991, Chua won the first prize in the inaugural UOB (United Overseas Bank) Painting of the Year Competition. His major exhibitions include a solo exhibition at the Shanghai Art Museum, China in 2005. He was also a Cultural Medallion recipient in 1999. Notable exhibitions include Recent Works by Chua Ek Kay in 1995 at the University of Western Sydney, Australia and Power and Poetry, Monuments and Meditations in Chinese Ink Painting at the Singapore Art Museum in 1999.


2010 Revisiting Chua Ek Kay: Tribute to the Ink Master, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore
2009 Remembering Chua Ek Kay: One Year On…Singapore Management University,Singapore
2007 Along the River Banks,Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore
Chua Ek Kay’s Street Scenes: A Gift of History, Singapore Management University, Singapore
2006 Chua Ek Kay @ Art Forum 2006, Art Forum, Singapore
2005 Yixi: Recent Paintings of Chua EkKay, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai
2003 Being & Becoming, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore
2001 Street Scenes Revisited – Soobin Gallery, Singapore
2000 Lyrical Spaces, Wetterling Teo Gallery, Singapore
1998 Hunter of the Wilderness, Art Forum, Singapore
1997 Colours of Infinity, CHIJMES, Singapore
1995 Recent Works by Chua Ek Kay, University of Western Sydney, Australia
1992 Duality and Tension, National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore
1990 Street Scene by Chua Ek Kay, Art Affair at Duxton Road, Singapore
1988 Chua Ek Kay’s Works in Chinese Ink, Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Singapore


2007 Contemporary-2: Chua Ek Kay & Lim TzePeng – The Two Medallion Winners, Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery, Singapore
2006 Modern Ink Painting from Singapore, 5th International Ink Biennial, Shenzhen, China
Drawing Room, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Artery: InauguralExhibition, Singapore Management University, Singapore
2005 Art Show organized by National Arts Council, Singapore Management University, Singapore
Art Festival Visual Art Exhibition, Singapore Management University, Singapore
2004 Asia Art Exhibition, Hanoi, Vietnam
2003 Contemporary Art and Calligraphy Exhibition, Chengdo and Shanghai
2002 Timeless Space Damask Asia, London
2001 Nokia Singapore Art 2001, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Ink &Colour, 2 Singaporean Artists, Kuala Lumpur
Asian Art Today 2001, Earl Lu Gallery, Singapore
1999 Ambulation, Earl Lu Gallery, Singapore
Beyond Tradition: Art of the New Migrant Chinese, Earl Lu Gallery, Singapore
Power and Poetry, Monuments and Meditations in Chinese Ink Painting, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
CRISP, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
1998 Philip Morris-ASEAN Art Exhibition Hanoi , Vietnam
1997 Nine Artists in Bali , Fort Canning Hill, Singapore
1996 A Century of Art in Singapore , Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
The 3rd ASEAN Art Exhibition, ASEAN Art Symposium & Workshop, Singapore delegate and Workshop Director, Singapore
1992 Singapore Art Festival, Tai-Ku Sheng, Hong Kong
1991 25 Years of Art from Singapore, Meridian House International Washington DC, IndianapolisDallas, Los Angeles and Honolulu, USA

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