Born in Fujian Province, Liu Kang (1911-2004) received his formal training in Shanghai Academy of Fine Art, where he was exposed to Chinese paintings. In 1928, he went to Paris where he was influenced by art movements such as Fauvism and Post-Impressionism. Not only was he 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 for his contributions in the field of art.Liu’s sketches, often drawn with free flowing lines and minimal shading, serve as practice, a way to document details or explore ideas. A lifelong habit of sketching resulted in countless sketches that offer insights into the different periods of Liu’s artistic career.