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TAN SWIE HIAN | Portrait of Xu Yun - Buddhist Zen Master

TAN SWIE HIAN | Portrait of Xu Yun - Buddhist Zen Master

Item Description:

180 x 96 cm
ink on paper, hanging scroll
inscribed and signed Chen Ruixian in Chinese upper middle; stamped with a seal of artist

陳瑞獻《虛雲法師肖像畫》 水墨 紙本 立軸


The work is in very good condition. Paper is clean, no foxing observed.


Despite coming to painting at a later point of his life, Tan Swie Hian’s artistic awareness mirrors the concept of Sudden Enlightenment expounded by the Mahayana tradition in Buddhism. Described as an “Innate Purity or Nirvāna state that is realized through direct intuition or intuitive leap of discernment of the Ultimate Truth”, collectors have been quick to recognise the spark of ingenuity in Tan’s works, a quality similarly exuded by Bada Shanren (1626 –1705), a Taoist monk who executed spontaneous and deceptively simple ink paintings that nonetheless capture the very essence of the subject.

Tan Swie Hian’s lack of formal training does not prevent him from becoming one of Singapore’s most diverse artists, having held solo and group exhibitions of paintings in oil, Chinese ink and acrylic, sculpture, and calligraphy. He became an artist a few years after 1973, a pivotal year when Tan discovered the profundity of Buddhist thought and spent the next succeeding years concentrating on meditation. This large-scale ink portrait features the meditating figure of Buddhist Zen Master Xu Yun (1840 –1959), a venerable monk who dedicated his long life to the restoration of various monasteries such as the Yun-xi, Nan-hua and Yun-men temples, and reviving the Ch’an tradition within Buddhism for the emancipation of all living beings. Tan has painted a few other portraits in a similar calligraphic style, one of the most notable being the Portrait of Bada Shanren(2013), completed in just 60 seconds and fetching the hammer price of $4.4 million at an auction in Beijing in 2014.


About The Artist:

TAN SWIE HIAN (b.1943, Singaporean) 陳瑞獻

SG$ 130000.00 ( Sold Price )


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TAN SWIE HIAN | Portrait of Xu Yun - Buddhist Zen Master

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