Hong Zhu An

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Hong Zhu An’s (b. 1955, Shanghai, China; based in Singapore) body of work conveys a modern sensibility anchored in the richness of Chinese ink and paper history, reflecting his own uprooted life in this age of globalisation. However, while his visual language can be traced back to Chinese philosophical tradition, Hong has effectively broken away from classical Chinese painting’s iconography throughout the course of his oeuvre, instead singling out its elements and gestures as central allies in his conception of the new. This strategy, combined with his keen embrace of influences from the 21st century, has resulted in a syncretic visual language that has become his own.

Trained at the Shanghai Art and Craft Institute, Hong has been a full time artist in Australia and Singapore since 1993. Based in Singapore now for over a decade, he has received numerous accolades throughout his career, including the UOB Painting of the Year ‘Grand Award’. His works have been collected by major institutions such as the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Princeton University Art Museum and the Singapore Art Museum.

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