Identity Wars

Identity Politics? Your identity is everyone’s business. So it seems. Who are you supposed to be? What’s your badge? In 2018, voices are vying for top pitch in culture wars. From social media elites to political grassroots. Notions of the ‘cool’. The ‘traditional’ and ‘authentic’. The

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Representing the traditional culture

Culture is a curious concept. ‘The old house represents the traditional culture. In no time these will be gone… the old buildings will disappear in future.’ The late Chua Ek Kay wrote this in a poem in 1992. Fine art is a visual representation of the

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Working Outside Your Comfort Zone

Working Outside Your Comfort Zone

“He was pushing not just Chinese contemporary painting, he was pushing Chinese contemporary pulp painting.” – Papermaker Gordon Koh admired Chua Ek Kay’s openness to combining ink brush techniques with new media. Working outside your comfort zone – how do you deal with fear? First

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The Lotus Pond Series and Buddhism

The Lotus Pond Series and Buddhism

The Lotus Pond Series (2003-2006) was the vehicle for some of Chua’s greatest abstract work. While the lotus flower has long been a popular subject for ink painters because of its unique shape and flowing lines, according to Buddhist thought, it signifies the possibility for

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The Pouring Ink Technique

The Pouring Ink Technique

The painting, ‘Yellow Door’, using the pouring ink technique, is an intriguing example of Chua Ek Kay’s experiments of abstract style. Gallerist Majorie Chu reflects that, “As he pushed the liquid from the bowl onto the paper, he simultaneously used the brush to drive the

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Press Preview at The Singapore Art Museum

Press Preview at The Singapore Art Museum

The Singapore Art Museum is renowned for having built up one of the most important collections of contemporary art from the region. Its programming is aimed at introducing new artistic practices and styles to the public, as well as nurturing discerning audiences for contemporary art.

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The Music Behind The Film

The Music Behind The Film

“In preparing for writing the music for Being and becoming Chua Ek Kay, we had listened to a range of different music to inspire us – traditional Chinese, solo string pieces from various classical and contemporary etc. – to help us create a musical mood board.

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News about the film

News about the film

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Release of DVD

Release of DVD

The DVD is available now for purchase from Amazon – click here to order your copy. The DVd features the film plus a bonus feature and interviews.