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LIU KANG | Street Scene, Singapore Trengganu St

LIU KANG | Street Scene, Singapore Trengganu St

Item Description:

97.5 x 131 cm
oil on canvas, framed
signed Liu Kang and dated 1951 in Chinese upper right; signed again in English middle of the painting

劉抗《街景,新加坡 丁加奴街》1951 年作 油彩 畫布
款識:劉抗一九五一年(右上)LIU KANG(畫中部)


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Liu Kang was a pioneer artist who was a key figure in establishing a local style in Singapore’s visual arts, known as the Nanyang Style. Born in 1911 in Yongchun, Fujian, China, Liu Kang spent his early years in Malaya where his father worked as a rubber merchant. He continued his studies in China’s Jinan University Middle School in 1926 and took art classes at Shanghai College of Fine Art during the school holidays. Liu continued his art education in Paris, France at the Academie de la Grande Chuamiere from 1929 to 1933. Liu Kang came to Singapore in 1942 and has been credited with numerous contributions to the local arts scene. Together with his fellow Nanyang style painters, Liu developed a large body of work that expresses a unique Southeast Asian consciousness as experienced by the Chinese diaspora.

One such work is Street Scene, Singapore Trengganu Stthat is painted in 1951. This work is one of the large scale work of his early years which depicts the bustling scene of a bygone era. Painted in great details with a myriad of colours, it captures the frenzied nature of activities happening in the street, which takes its name from Terengganu, a sultanate state on the Northeastern side of present-day Peninsular Malaysia. Located in the Chinatown of Singapore, the road links Pagoda Street and Sago Street, and is intersected by Temple Street and Smith Street. Trengganu Street was described as “the Piccadilly of Chinese Singapore” in the past. In Hokkien, the street is called “the cross street of Kreta Ayer 牛車水橫街”. This day to day scene gives a glimpse of what an immigrant would have encountered in 50s Singapore as part of the Chinese diaspora, interlacing history and personal experiences on a canvas.

劉抗的藝術實踐為新加坡開闢了獨有的南洋藝術風格,是一位先驅性的藝術家。1991年出生在中國福建,永春縣,早年因為父親的橡膠事業設立在馬來亞,因此童年時光也在這裏度過。而後,1926年回到中國,就學在暨南大學附屬中學,假期期間往返上海美術學院精修自己的繪畫愛好。1929 – 1933年間前往法國巴黎的大茅舍畫院Academie de la Grande Chuamiere 繼續深造藝術繪畫。1942年來到新加坡後,為這裡的藝術界貢獻了自己一生的藝術理想。和同輩的藝術朋友開闢了南洋風格繪畫,作品展示對東南亞風情,華僑移民的體驗和經歷。

《街景,新加坡 丁加奴街》就是一個典型的例子是劉抗藝術風格逐漸成熟後的早期較大件的作品。丁加奴街取名自蘇丹王國的地方名稱,現今的馬來西亞半島的東北部洲,街道的特色之一就如畫中看到的一樣,人來人往,個族群都在街道上擺攤,販售的商品包羅萬象,十分有趣。丁加奴街就在唐人街接連著寶塔街和史密斯街,是當年華僑在新加坡的重要聚集地點,被稱之為新加坡的皮卡迪利。新加坡在地華人俗稱為“牛車水橫街”。因此也不難推測劉抗畫此街景的重要意義。

About The Artist:

LIU KANG (1911-2004, Singaporean) 劉抗

SG$ 150000.00 ( Sold Price )


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LIU KANG | Street Scene, Singapore Trengganu St

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