Life by the River
Oil on canvas
126 x 203 cm
This painting resembles the unfurling story of a Chinese hand scroll, where carefully positioned subjects lead the eye of the viewer across the work. Demonstrating the artist's compositional skills, the arching boardwalk and sinuous river unite the various figures while telling a rich narrative.
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 the artist.
Collection of National Gallery Singapore.
Image courtesy of National Heritage Board.