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刘抗

Liu Kang

刘抗

Liu Kang

Liu Kang is recognised as one of Singapore’s most influential pioneering first-generation artists. He is best known for his contributions to the Nanyang painting style, which he developed together with his contemporaries after a field trip to Bali in 1952. Many arts scholars have identified the Bali trip as a milestone event contributing to the birth of the Nanyang art style, marking an important juncture in Singapore’s art history.

He had also greatly contributed to the development of art in Singapore. He was a leading figure in the Society of Chinese Artist and the Singapore Art Society, and received the Public Service Star award in 1970, and the Meritorious Service medal in 1996.

He was a leading figure in the Society of Chinese Artist and the Singapore Art Society, and received the Public Service Star award in 1970, and the Meritorious Service medal in 1996.

He was a leading figure in the Society of Chinese Artist and the Singapore Art Society, and received the Public Service Star award in 1970, and the Meritorious Service medal in 1996.

刘抗(1911-2004),是世界艺术大师刘海粟的得意门生,1937年移居马来西亚。1942年定居新加坡。先后担任过上海美术专科学校西洋画专任教授,全国第二届美展评审委员,新加坡中华美术研究会会长,新加坡艺术协会会长,新加坡国庆美术展工作委员会主席,新加坡文化部美术咨询委员会主席,开创了“南洋画”派,是新加坡画坛泰斗、大宗师,作品为50多个国家画院、美术馆、博物馆、大学和几十位国家元首个人收藏,荣获第三届亚细安文化艺术创作奖,新加坡共和国服务星章,新加坡卓越功绩服务勋章,法国国家文学艺术军官服务星章。

刘抗

Liu Kang

刘抗

Liu Kang

Liu Kang is recognised as one of Singapore’s most influential pioneering first-generation artists. He is best known for his contributions to the Nanyang painting style, which he developed together with his contemporaries after a field trip to Bali in 1952. Many arts scholars have identified the Bali trip as a milestone event contributing to the birth of the Nanyang art style, marking an important juncture in Singapore’s art history.

He had also greatly contributed to the development of art in Singapore. He was a leading figure in the Society of Chinese Artist and the Singapore Art Society, and received the Public Service Star award in 1970, and the Meritorious Service medal in 1996.

He was a leading figure in the Society of Chinese Artist and the Singapore Art Society, and received the Public Service Star award in 1970, and the Meritorious Service medal in 1996.

He was a leading figure in the Society of Chinese Artist and the Singapore Art Society, and received the Public Service Star award in 1970, and the Meritorious Service medal in 1996.

刘抗(1911-2004),是世界艺术大师刘海粟的得意门生,1937年移居马来西亚。1942年定居新加坡。先后担任过上海美术专科学校西洋画专任教授,全国第二届美展评审委员,新加坡中华美术研究会会长,新加坡艺术协会会长,新加坡国庆美术展工作委员会主席,新加坡文化部美术咨询委员会主席,开创了“南洋画”派,是新加坡画坛泰斗、大宗师,作品为50多个国家画院、美术馆、博物馆、大学和几十位国家元首个人收藏,荣获第三届亚细安文化艺术创作奖,新加坡共和国服务星章,新加坡卓越功绩服务勋章,法国国家文学艺术军官服务星章。

ThE LIFE OF

LIU KANG

Liu received his art education from the best of both hemispheres. Translated these influences and incorporated local Southeast Asian flavours into his work to create the distinct Nanyang style. Attributed to Singapore’s pioneer artists – Chen Wen Hsi, Chen Chong Swee, Cheong Soo Pieng and Liu Kang, the Nanyang style of art first emerged after the four pioneer artists’ return from a study-cum-painting trip in Bali in 1952.

Some of his well-known paintings from this era include: “Artist and Model” (1954), “Batik Workers” (1954) and “Balinese Girl in Red Sarong” (undated).

Liu Kang is a prolific artist and painter. His oeuvre of works is extensive and includes oil painting, pastel, Chinese ink painting, and calligraphy. Over Liu’s lifetime, he had been exhibited in Singapore and overseas including France, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and the United States.

1911-2004

LIU KANG'S LIFE

1917–1926

1917–1926

His childhood years were spent in Muar, Malaya.

He enrolled in the Xinhua Art Academy, Shanghai, China.

1926–1928

1928–1933

1928–1933

His continued his art studies at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris.

He became a professor of western painting at Shanghai College of Fine Arts.

1933–1937

1937

Weds Chen Jen Pen in Shanghai.

The couple moved to Muar when the Japanese invaded Shanghai. The couple then arrived in Singapore, where Liu teaches art at Nan Chiao Teachers’ Trainnig College Singapore and Chung Cheng High School. Japanese forces attacked Singapore. Thus they returned to Muar, where Liu opened a coffeeshop with his brother. They go back to Singapore to escape Japanese persecution.

1937–1945

1946

He released his multivolume illustrated work, Chop Suey, on the atrocities during the Japanese Occupation.

He held his first solo exhibition in Singapore.

1957

1968

He became the founding member of the Singapore Art Society and became its president for 10 consecutive years.

One of his largest local exhibition, Liu Kang Retrospective, was held at the National Museum Singapore. Over 200 artworks were displayed.

1981

1983

Liu Kang Exhibition Tour in Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taichung and Tainan in Taiwan.

Paintings by Liu Kang exhibition was held at the National Museum Art Gallery.

1989

1997

Liu Kang at 87 exhibition was held at the Singapore Art Museum.

Liu Kang at 88 exhibition was held at the Singapore Soka Association where 72 works of his family members were included.

1998

2000

His first solo exhibition in Beijing, China.

Liu Kang donated all his works to the Singapore Art Museum. Over 1000 works were donated.

2003

2004

Liu Kang passes away of natural causes.

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Asia Art Collective is an art advisory and consultancy specialised in Singaporean and Asian modern and contemporary art. Professional art services include providing clients with art advice on artwork purchase and sale, artwork valuation and assessment, art acquisition and collection planning, art sale and brokerage, as well as art commissioning and artwork sourcing. Asia Art Collective seeks to promote a culture of art appreciation and art acquisition and collection for Singapore art, and modern and contemporary Asian art through its diverse and rotating art exhibitions and art appreciation programmes, courses and talks. Enquire with Asia Art Collective for advice and support on your art-collecting journey.

亚洲艺汇有限公司(Asia Art Collective Pte Ltd )是新加坡专业的艺术品咨询顾问公司,公司的服务是为艺术收藏提供指导,制定策划购买艺术品方向,帮助藏家评估、分析艺术品市场价位、未来的市场走势。在选择艺术品方面,即要帮助藏家找到自己酷爱心怡的作品,同时也把艺术品列为藏家资产扩充的规划中,并且负责跟踪艺术品的买与卖。同时也提供新加坡艺术品量身定制服务

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