About My Art
The subject and theme of boats had been my utmost favourite throughout my years as an artist and I totally understood them well. In the beginning of my artistic journey, I used to be drawing and painting them in a more realistic way. However, since then, I had a lot of imageries and assemblages of boats in my mind and very familiar with them – shapes, sizes, colors, etc. Years later, I got bored with the mundane and monotony of such style, which later inspired me to find ways and challenge myself to breakthrough of my repetitive comfort zone. Through endless trials and errors, experimenting and researching, I tried using different methods and unique styles to present my artworks. During the creative process, I allow my flow of imagination, expression, impression and brushes to flow freely, without any restrictions or confinement, in order to let them evolve themselves. Juggling between abstract and realism, I managed to discover and realized the beauty of semi-abstract in my artworks. I was actually surprised and impressed with every successful outcome of my experimentation of my artworks. While I may not be able to ascertain the outcome of each experiment, I am still willing to continue the experimentation and exploring further new possibilities for my artworks. From there, I am glad and grateful to be able to present my latest artworks of the beauty of semi-abstract for the viewing pleasures of my audience.
‘Accumulate’ is one of my latest ‘Assemblage Series’. The inspiration behind this piece and my whole series originated from my life experiences from growing up in a fishing village and assimilating my life with them. I have gone through a tremendous amount of preparation works before production. Among them are collecting and taking lots and lots of pictures and photos related to assemblage or anything which is connected to grouping, hoarding or accumulation – either they are in an orderly or unorderly manner of arrangement and composition. To me, such ‘assemblage’ and accumulation interest me in a way that they are beautiful and unique in large amount or quantities. Thus from such scenarios, my inspirations, imaginations and creative juices started flowing and as a result, I managed to come out with this amazing series. Throughout the process, I had integrated the elements of cropping, combining, rearranging and overlapping to come out with the compositions. As for the painting process, I used wet-on-wet method to cover the base and background. Then, I used overlapping or glazing method and dry brush method to do the details. Besides that, I also add on tiny little lines to create rhythms and atmosphere for the painting hence expressing my personality and conversing my artistic language to my audience. Finally, I could not deny that I totally enjoyed the love and freedom of connecting the relationship between expressionism and impressionism – my heart and thoughts throughout the production process and able to present to you my semi-abstract pieces for your enjoyment.
Indefinite Irrelevance – A Brief Introduction
Throughout time, I had been relentlessly drawing, painting and researching. In fact, my interest in art had not subsided through time.
From the beginning, my artistic style, contents and watercolour skills have been constantly evolving – from traditional watercolour presentation to semi-abstract. To me, such evolution possess an immense meaning but it does not represent the end of my previous ‘Accumulate’ series. In fact, it is a continuity of my previous series’ main theme but in an evolved, improved version.
By giving it a breath of new life and meaning, I present to all my fellow audience my latest series entitled ‘Indefinite Irrelevance’. This new series is a continuation of my ‘Accumulate’ series, where the current and previous one have close connection in terms of content, methodology, presentation, storytelling which I truly believe that my audience could understand and relate to. From the name ‘Indefinite Irrelevance’ itself, I understand and comprehend on how some matters in our life are interrelated or somehow connected to each other. On a certain level, it is not only intimately connected and bonded to me, but also is an artistic creation of my own, which contain my spirit of creativity, artistic language and substance. From ‘Accumulate’ series to ‘Indefinite Irrelevance’, my art creation is constantly changing from time to time. However, no matter how much changes it goes through – colour, composition, conditions and circumstances, all these are not important. This is due to the fact that I truly understand that my passion and burning desire towards art will always remain unchanged. In addition, I always enjoy every creative process as it allows me to learn about my mistakes and face challenges courageously which will inadvertently create the beauty and charm of my artworks. The entire creative process and journey act as a driving force to motivate and encourage me to continue striving tirelessly to improve myself, skills and to move forward to the next level.
’Indefinite Irrelevance’ is a series where I pursue my insistence on making a change and creating something novel derived from my previous series. In my latest series, I have strengthen the elements of design, thus making my works stood out with a fresh new look yet maintaining the spirit and embodiment of my previous works.
Personally, I wish to change the perception and impression of the public towards sea vessels, especially boats. Through my artworks, I have diligently recreated, remodelled, rearranged and rebuilt a fresh new modern feel and rendition on these amazing sea vessels. From my depictions, I hope to awe my fellow audience from a different and contemporary aspect.
In this series, I have reduce the elements of texture but increase the elements of overlapping and form composition. By dealing with the combination of spaces and leaving white areas, I want my works to imply the philosophy of Chinese paintings. Besides that, I have also embedded the spirit of imagination, unimpeded and free strokes on my artworks to exhibit a sense of boldness and grandeur.