Out of Town, 2015
Chinese Ink on Paper, 68 x 68 cm
USD 2,800 – 3,900
About the artwork
Ling Yang Chang's masterful use of perspective directly compares the new, modern, skyscrapers of a city with its old, historic buildings. His depiction of the skyscrapers makes them seem crowded, meshing them together with watery strokes and colours. Due to his innovative use of perspective, the lone, older building stands out, a solo entity amidst this chaoss. The strokes used to paint this building are less watery, more confident, as if to portray the steadfastness of the building, its immovability even in the midst of modernisation. Ling Yang Chang depicts the hidden soul of the city through this examination of the old against the new, showing how even as the new takes over, the old soul remains.
About the artist
Born in Singapore, Ling Yang Chang has been involved in many aspects of art-making over the last twenty years: artistic creations, group and solo exhibitions, workshops, public lectures and art teaching. As a graduate in Chinese Studies, Yang Chang has a natural affinity for Chinese brush painting with its close attention to the beauty of lines, poetic resonance and philosophical depth. In this medium, Yang Chang constitutes a complete artist in the Chinese scholarly tradition; not only does he carve his own seals, he also appends his artistic creations with his own calligraphical writings. The steely discipline required to establish a solid brush and ink control technique has built a strong foundation for Yang Chang's exploration of other artistic fields - namely, Contemporary Chinese Art and Modern and Abstract Painting. Yang Chang's works have obtained prizes in the Philippe Charriol Competition (1995/96), UOB Painting of the Year Award (1996), and First Prize (Chinese Ink Painting) in the Dr Tan Tsze Chor Art Award (2011). Collected by the National Heritage Board and National Library Board of Singapore, he has exhibited in China, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Melbourne and Singapore. A Walk in the City is his sixth solo exhibition.