Anthony Chua Say Hua
Born in Singapore in 1966, Chua Say Hua is a recipient of the Chen Chong Swee Scholarship and the Philippe Charriol Foundation Scholarship. He graduated with a Diploma in Fine Arts from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (1989-92) and furthered his art education at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia (1993-94) as well as the Goldsmiths College in London (1996-97). Chua did his art residency at Vermont Studio Centre, Johnson, USA and has won numerous distinction and highly commended awards in competitions in the past decades and, in 2001, was awarded the prestigious Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council. Chua has always straddled his art practices in between Eastern and Western art so as to combine the best of both cultures.  His unique contemporary Chinese ink paintings are informed in Western Modernist aesthetics while employing the logic and philosophy of traditional Chinese ink painting medium. 
 
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Biography

Born in Singapore in 1966, Chua Say Hua is a recipient of the Chen Chong Swee Scholarship and the Philippe Charriol Foundation Scholarship. The 2001 Young Artist Award winner for Visual Arts, Anthonyhas been engaged in full-time art practice since 1996. He graduated with a Diploma in Fine Arts from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (1989-92) and furthered his art education at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia (1993-94) as well as the Goldsmiths College in London (1996-97), while he also undertook an art residency at Vermont Studio Centre, Johnson, USA. Anthony has won numerous distinction and highly commended awards in competitions in the past decades. In 2001 he was awarded the prestigious Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council, while more recently he received an award in the established artist category in the 33rd UOB Painting of the Year Competition in 2014. Chua has always straddled his art practices in between Eastern and Western art so as to combine the best of both cultures.  His unique contemporary Chinese ink paintings are informed in Western Modernist aesthetics while employing the logic and philosophy of traditional Chinese ink painting medium, as he deftly combines the best of the two cultures. Apart from experimenting with different compositional themes, Anthony is versatile in employing effects of smudging, rubbing and layering of ink to expand on the interesting subtleties of ink wash on rice paper. The artist is also known for utilising different types of brushes and unconventional tools such as peacock feathers and squeeze bottles in his paintings

Artist's Statement
I work primarily with Chinese ink to create contemporary interpretations of modern subject such as urban landscapes, old buildings as well as abstract compositions based on nudes in my earlier “Nudes in Landscape” series, as well as recent ink field works which try to push the boundary of what ink-on-paper can create. My paintings’ strength lies in the bold use of brush strokes with various effects created by different types of brushes such as the less conventional feather brushes. My creative processes are informed by both traditional Chinese ink and modern Western strategies such as mark-making. The objective is to enable new artistic surfaces to be created and expressiveness articulated.








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