Exhibiting Artists: Oh Chai Hoo
Dates: 03 May 2013 - 12 May 2013
Seemingly an exercise in non-objective abstraction, the forms in Oh Chai Hooâ€™s Silent Conversation are in fact derived from the natural world. They are the textures of earth and tree bark, sinewy vegetational forms, the breath of wind and the ripples of water. While deceptively appearing to be in the medium of traditional Chinese ink, the artist has experimented with suspended black pigment, applied with a slip trailer (a bulbous or bottle-like device in ceramics used to squeeze out slip or glaze in a line onto clay). Colour is derived from Japanese kimono dyes dissolved in white ink, and the interplay of different pigment densities creates the effects shown on rice paper. Giving voice to rocks, waves and the elements, the artist engages his audience in a dialogue of visual simplicity and complexity.
Born 1960 in Singapore, Oh Chai Hoo graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1982. He has exhibited extensively in Singapore, China, Japan, Taiwan and Korea, and has six solo shows under his belt. He has been awarded a Distinction in Visual Art Creation by the NAFA Alumni Association (1992), Highly Commended in Abstract Medium at the 18th UOB Painting of the Year competition (1999) and obtained the Siaw-Tao Achievement Award in 2009.