Portrait of Mr Huang Zhong Yuan

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.Mainly an oil painter, Liu started using pastel during the Japanese Occupation (1942-1945) as oil paints were not available then. He was subsequently attracted by the luminosity of pastel and preferred it to oil for his later portraits.

Artist Name
Liu Kang
Date/Period
1944
Region
Singapore
Dimension
Image size: 56 x 38 cm, Frame size: Unframed
Accession No.
2003-03679
Material
Pastel on paper
Collection of
National Gallery Singapore
Credit Line
Gift of the artist’s family
Category
Paintings