Expressing Emotions

Nanyang Ink Works by Nai Swee Leng
11 June - 5 July 2016
Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery

Cityspace: Contemporary Ink by Tung Yue Nang

9 - 20 April 2016
Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery

Nanyang Treasures

21 - 24 January 2016
Marina Bay Sands
Sands Expo & Convention Centre
Level B2


Nai Swee Leng 赖瑞龙

Born Singapore | 1946

70 years old this year, Swee Leng is increasingly active in Singapore's art scene. Recently in the first few months of 2016, he was invited by the National Gallery Singapore to talk about the ink developments during the Ming and Qing Periods and their relations with modern day Chinese art works. In conjunction with that lecture, Swee Leng gave the audience a live demonstration on ink painting. This segment was very well received by those that were in attendance, the organisers included live demonstrations by Swee Leng into the subsequent 3 lectures helmed by other speakers.

In terms of his painting style, Swee Leng has always been inspired by tradition yet actively exploring new vistas. His old works exuded the scholarly aesthetics of traditional paintings, subjects such as bamboos and plum blossoms were painted with skill and precision. But with the objective of modernising this traditional form of painting, he cleverly added subjects such as tropical fruits and fowls that were commonly found in Singapore and the Southeast Asia region, into his recent works. This concept, which was rarely explored by his predecessors had the aim of generating new interest amongst younger Singaporeans.

Featured: Nai Swee Leng, Fun in the Wilderness, 1998, Ink on rice paper, 68x69cm