Fan Shao Hua was born in 1963 in the city of Guangzhou, China and began studying Chinese ink painting from the tender age of 10 at the Secondary School of Fine Arts (School of Fine Arts in Guangzhou). He graduated from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts with a Bachelor of Arts.Read more
Besides being the prestigious winner of 'Painting of the Year Award' at the 19th UOB Painting of the Year Competition in 2000 and International Premium Oil Painting Artist Award in Hong Kong, Fan has through the years won numerous art awards and held many exhibitions overseas - Singapore, Malaysia,Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and Paris. He is also a member of Singapore Art Society, Society of Chinese Artists and Japan Modern Arts Association, and been featured in a number of publications such as Mondial Collections Art in Asia, Straits Times Singapore, American International Artist Magazines and Channel News Asia.
As an artist, Fan is constantly experimenting and evolving. He fuses realism with his creative ideas and representational art in his artistic expressions. He exploits generously both the Chinese technique of 'ink splash' and 'creased paper background', and the Western tradition of representational art techniques in many of his compositions. His artworks is where East meets West and this style is constantly brought up by a level in his paintings as he applies it in various ways and to different subjects. These can be seen most evidently in "The Lotus", "The Nude", "The Landscape" and "The Abstract" series of paintings. Fan continues to push the boundary of blending Chinese and Western techniques in his art and one can only wait in great anticipation for his future creations.
Fan gets his inspiration from his readings on Buddhism and Taoism, and his interaction with nature. He believes strongly in the harmonious interactions between man and the unadulterated environment. He devotes considerable time to visiting the Chinese countryside and famous mountains like Taishan, Lushan and Huangshan in order to feel connected with nature and to gain inspiration for his works.
Guang Zhou Library
United Overseas Bank Singapore
Cultural Association of Korea Solo Exhibitions
Petals of the Image: Fan Shaohua
In January 2010 and March 2010, Fan Shaohua held a solo exhibition at the prestigious Shanghai Art Museum and Beijing Art Museum. He has evolved as an artist; moving effortlessly from one distinct style and excelling in another.
Employing a fusion of mediums, his canvases employ vibrant hues tempered by bold strokes, marrying contemporary and traditional styles. He merges his western oil painting technique with the dramatic 'ink splash' and 'creased paper background', found in traditional Chinese ink painting. He paints in a refreshing myriad of colours that are instantly modern and harmonized in a delightful synergy. Developing from his acclaimed portraitures of dignitaries to his realist paintings imbued with social commentary, Fan explored Abstract Expressionism and Chinese Ink Painting in his latest series. Fan has not remained complacent and as an artist, has strived to search inwardly and gain inspiration from his surroundings. As such, he has evolved as an artist; moving effortlessly from one distinct style and excelling in another.
Fan's lotus series explores the flower in all its spiritual and philosophical meaning. Fusing Eastern and Western painting traditions, he depicts the beautiful symbolism of the lotus blooming resplendent out of the mud, in spite of its surroundings. With the background layer in many works, the texture is often created by the unexpected gradient of the handmade paper. This creasing-paper technique is found to in traditional Chinese Ink Painting and Fan Shao Hua has fused this with contemporary expressions of masterful brushstrokes. In most of Fan's paintings from the Lotus Series, the image of lotus, depicted with bold and spontaneous strokes of an ink painter with the medium of oil paint, grows out from the chaos of colours, drips and splatters. As the third layer, the lotus flowers, which seem to float above the surface, congenially disrupt the flatness, and points to a cyclical return to the figurative form.
By viewing Fan Shaohua's works in relation to these Oriental perspectives we can see clearly that his choice of the lotus as the theme in his latest abstract works is magnificent. As the recurrent symbol of purity and beauty, this flower, a subject for innumerable tales and metaphors, appears not just in the culture of the Middle Kingdom, but the rest of Asia as well, such as India and the Middle East. Complementing a wide variety of interiors, Fan's work can: illuminate a rustic living room; make a statement on a feature wall at the end of a corridor; add a burst of elation to the sleek calm of an office or create an oasis in a private bedroom.
“Moments Art Exhibition by Fan Shao Hua at Ode to Art Gallery, Singapore
“Life in Lion City, Art Exhibition by Fan Shao Hua at Tanjong Pagar Community Club
“Moment of Eternity” Solo Exhibition by Fan Shao Hua at Alliance Francais, SG Private Banking Gallery
Portraiture by Fan Shao Hua Oil Painting Exhibition, Singapore
“City Scene of Singapore” Fan Shao Hua Oil Painting, UOB Building, Singapore
“Building-Untrammelled Harmony of tradition and innovation”, Paragon Singapore
Fan Shao Hua Water Colour Painting and Oil Painting Exhibition, River Walk Centre, Singapore
Singapore Art Fair