Artist and Model
Oil on canvas
84 x 124 cm
This painting by Liu Kang depicts fellow artist Chen Wen Hsi sketching a model. Based on a drawing made in Indonesia, this is one of the earliest paintings in Singapore to highlight the role of local artists in imagining and representing the region.
Born in Fujian Province, China, Liu Kang (1911-2004) received his formal training at the Shanghai Academy of Fine Art, where he learned Chinese painting. In 1928, he travelled to Paris where he was influenced by art movements such as Fauvism and Post-Impressionism. One of Singapore’s pioneer artists, he was also a leading figure in the Society of Chinese Artists and the Singapore Art Society. In 1970, he was awarded the Public Service Star.
Gift of Shell Companies in Singapore.
Collection of National Gallery Singapore.
Image courtesy of National Heritage Board.