Saturday Dance Class周末舞蹈班

About the Exhibition

Figure painting in Chinese Ink Traditions has a long history. » read more

Exhibition Venue

Theatre Foyer, University Cultural Centre, National University of Singapore (NUS)

Exhibition Duration

4-25 Sep 2009

Opening Hour

10am-6pm Daily
Free Admission

Figure painting in Chinese Ink Traditions has a long history. From the court maidens, portraits of officials, religious and mythological figures of the dynastic periods, to contemporary Chinese Opera figures, peasants during the Revolution as well as the cynical pop figures and the exaggerated erotica that are rushing into the market, it has evolved in terms of subject and techniques.

I would like to venture into ink figure paintings and I take this collaboration with Genée and National Arts Council, Singapore (NAC) as an opportunity to look at figures in motion, in particular young ballerina students from the Singapore Ballet Academy. The energy of a body in movement is very different from the usual figure drawing sessions with stationary nudes. This was most intriguing for me. The changing form of the ballerinas, moving in synergy with great discipline to the rhythm, was robust, stunning and admirable. It dawned on me that all great arts, including ballet and ink paintings, require a firm basic foundation that calls for diligent and perseverance, upon which a platform of creativity would eventually emerge.

As Degas has painted the many French Impressionist ballerina paintings from his numerous sketches before working in his studios, I too visit the Saturday Dance Classes for preliminary drawings of the little dancers before transforming them into ink works. I hope that it would be a refreshing visual experience for the audience.