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Anthony Chua Say Hua

"My paintings’ strength lies in the bold use of brush strokes with various effects created by different types of brushes such as the less conventional feather brushes. My creative processes are informed by both traditional Chinese ink and Modern Western strategies such as markmaking. The objective is to enable new artistic surfaces to be created and expressiveness articulated."

Biography

  • Born 1966 in Singapore

  • Graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, 1992

  • Graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) Australia with a B.A. in Fine Arts (High Distinction) under Philippe Charriol Foundation Scholarship, 1994

  • Graduated with a M.A. in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London, 1997 (under Chen Chong Swee Overseas Art Scholarship)

Awards

2014 Silver Award: UOB Painting of the Year
2008/09 Highly Commended in Chinese Ink Category: UOB Painting of the Year
2004 Highly Commended in Abstract and Figurative Category: UOB Painting of the Year

2003 Certificate of Distinction: UOB 22nd Painting of the Year
2002 Certificate of Distinction: UOB 21st Painting of the Year
2001 Young Artist Award by National Arts Council Singapore
2001 1st Prize (Chinese ink) UOB 20th Painting of the Year
1997 1st Prize (Abstract): Expressions in Art by Singapore Telecoms
1996 Certificate of Distinction: Philippe Charriol Foundation (Singapore)
1996 1st Prize (Figurative): UOB 15th Painting of the Year
1995 Certificate of Distinction: UOB 14th Painting of the Year
1995 Juror's Prize: Philip Morris Group of Companies Singapore Art Awards
1993 Most Promising Young Artist Award: Philippe Charriol Foundation (Singapore)
1993 2nd Prize (Painting): Philippe Charriol Foundation Art Award (Singapore)

Anthony Chua Say Hua is a highly prominent artist who has amassed many awards and accolades under his belt. While he works primarily with Chinese ink, his art practice is informed by the Western Modernist aesthetics. Apart from abstract compositions, the artist has also churned out a fascinating collection of works based on contemporary subjects like urban landscapes and old buildings. Anthony has more than 12 solo exhibitions under his name, and had participated in more than 15 group exhibitions over the years.