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Hong Zhu An
Lotus in the Tranquility Lake, 2012

Ink on Paper
105 x 105cm

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Words, like a waterfall, cascade down in intricate vertical streams, forming a translucent screen that masks the spectral motif of the lotuses - which are constructed by loose, emotive brush strokes. The lotus flower is a prominent icon in Chinese culture and Buddhism, signifying purity that is born out of mire and is a heavily featured image in Chinese ink paintings both ancient and contemporary. In this work, Hong uses a wet-on-wet technique resulting in soft, diffused lines that seem to be floating in a layer of mist. The text integrates itself into the flattened, two-dimensional plane, merging and becoming one with the landscape, alluding perhaps to the important process of achieving a tranquil, meditative state of mind. This work is part of Hong's more recent series of paintings, featuring an increase in the prominence of calligraphy and text.

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  • +Artist Bio

    Chinese-born Hong Zhu An (b. 1955) is one of the finest artists in Singapore today. Trained under famous art scholar Wang Zidou at the Shanghai Art and Craft Institute, the artist is proficient in both Chinese and Western Art. Painting in acrylic and ink, his works exude a serenity and energy that calms the mind and offers insightful abstract interpretation alongside enchanting visuals. Constantly growing in both skill and prestige, he has exhibited his works in South East Asia, the USA and Australia and has received numerous accolades throughout his career, including the UOB Painting of the Year ‘Grand Award’. His works have been collected by major institutions such as the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Princeton University Museum in New York, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and Singapore Art Museum. 
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  • +Exhibitions

    2017
    Solo Exhibition Unabating Spring, Ode To Art gallery, Singapore

    2013 
    The Limitless Void - Private Museum Singapore

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    Ascetic Serenity, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore 

    2011 
    Inner Dawning Ode To Art, Singapore

    2009 
    Intrepid Heart, Naked Soul, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Singapore

    2008 
    Reflections on a Long Journey, Plum Blossoms Gallery, Hong Kong

    2006 
    A Deep Breath of Life, Art 2 Gallery, Singapore
    New Exuberance, Plum Blossoms Gallery, Hong Kong
    Ten Years of Painting (1996 – 2006)
    Paintings for Sale by Silent Auction, YADDO Art, Windsor Ballroom, The Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore2008                       

    2005                                              
    New Directions, Plum Blossoms Gallery, Hong KongBali Escapade – Recent Paintings by Hong Zhu An, iPreciation Pte Ltd, Singapore

    2004                                              
    Going Forward , Plum Blossoms Gallery, New York, USA

    2003                                              
    A Long Journey, Plum Blossoms Gallery, Hong KongFluid Transitions, The Esplanade, Singapore

    2002                                              
    Ancient Hues, Plum Blossoms Gallery, New York, USAAncient Hues, Featherstone Center for the Arts, Massachusetts, USA

    2001                                  
    The Color of Memory, Plum Blossoms Gallery, New York, USA

    2000                                              
    Field of Virtue, Plum Blossoms Gallery, Singapore
    Field of Virtue, Plum Blossoms Gallery, Hong Kong

    1997                                              
    RMIT Master of Arts  Graduate Exhibition, LaSalle Gallery, LaSalle-SIA College of The Arts, Singapore

    1996                                              
    The Essence of Art, Art Forum, Singapore

    1995                       
    UOB The Painting of the Year Winners’ Exhibition, UOB Plaza, SingaporeEast – West: Abstraction Meets Calligraphy, The Substation, Singapore

    1987                       
    Hong Zhu An – Exhibition, National Art Museum Shanghai, China


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