Spiritual Odyssey: Solo Works by Anthony Chua Say Hua
20 September – 4 October 2019
AC43 Gallery is pleased to present Singapore artist Anthony Chua Say Hua’s latest solo exhibition, Spiritual Odyssey: Solo Works by Anthony Chua Say Hua. This showcase featured over 15 paper and canvas works completed in the recent few years, including several abstract compositions inspired by his travels to Tibet and Myanmar, and stylised ink landscapes of local heritage shophouses. The exhibition opened officially on Friday, 20 September 2019, 7pm at AC43 Gallery, with the artist in attendance.
On Spiritual Odyssey: Solo Works by Anthony Chua Say Hua, the artist says, “These are works executed in recent years that I am happy with. These paintings reflect my artistic inroads – the great Tang Dynasty poet Du Fu’s poem titled A Grand Tour best encapsulates my sentiments. In 2017, I toured Myanmar and Tibet and gained immensurable inspiration from these destinations. Tibet, especially, proved to be a pilgrimage for my soul. To the extent where Art and Life are intertwined, all of my accumulated experiences in life have helped to shape my artistic identity.”
Born in Singapore in 1966, Anthony Chua Say Hua is a multiple award-winning artist who has been practising full-time art since 1996. An alumnus of the Goldsmiths College, University of London under the Chen Chong Swee Overseas Art Scholarship and former winner of the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award (2001), Chua also won the Silver Award in the established artist category in the 33rd UOB Painting of the Year Competition in 2014. Apart from experimenting with different compositional themes, Chua is versatile in employing effects of smudging, rubbing and layering of ink to expand on the interesting subtleties of ink wash on rice paper. The artist is also known for utilising different types of brushes and unconventional tools such as peacock feathers and squeeze bottles in his paintings.