Fan Shao Hua’s interest in art began at a very young age. his father was conversant in both Chinese calligraphy and painting, and painted in the Lingnan style. During his early education, his art teachers also influenced him greatly. That led to his admission into the Guangzhou academy of Fine art in 1981 where he was trained in Western paintings.
When Shao Hua was pursuing his university education, renowned second-generation Lingnan-style artists such as Guan Shan-Ye and Li Xiong-Chai were leading professors in the Chinese art Department in the Guangzhou Fine arts academy. As a result of these multiple influences, Shao Hua is also very familiar with the Lingnan style of Chinese paintings. Shao Hua graduated in 1985 with a Fine arts degree with strong foundation in Realism technique.
In his Southeast Asian themes, he painted sceneries of Singapore, Malay kampungs and Balinese landscapes, bringing to life these regional vignettes in his vigorous style which still preserves the finesse and detail of his subject matter. The largeness of spirit and expression typical of the Shanghai School can be seen in his classical themed paintings of birds and flowers. But Ling went beyond the traditions in which he was schooled, incorporating increasingly abstract qualities in his work. By the 1990s, his work in the landscape genre had included the usage of acrylic paints, making him stand out as a modern Chinese painter of the times.
Fan Shao Hua’s realistic works shows his keen sense of observation and thoughtful interpretation what he observed. coupled with his ability to draw and paint with accuracy and detail, he puts on his canvas captivating stories that goes beyond aesthetics.
In his portraiture works, his strong ability to depict human anatomy is evident. He is also able to portray the subject’s character well. This enables his portraitures to go beyond the mere representation of his models’ facial features.
It also allows the audience to assess the character of his models and appreciate their emotions. In both his portraiture works and his paintings of daily living, he pays careful attention to light and shadow, showcasing the three-dimensionality of his works.
Shao Hua’s realist works include the trivialities of daily living, the behaviour of culture and relationships between human. His paintings go beyond being a feast to the eyes, one can be emotionally involved in the world that he depicts and interprets.
Shao Hua’s Lotus paintings are not meant to be mere visual recording of flora beauty in different poses. They reveal or speak about the inner needs to an individual and of mankind. The contradiction between beauty and mud ; serenity and muck, are reflective of the chaotic reality in mankind – the search for a solution requires more than just fixing the materialistic reality. There is a realm of the soul and the spirit that has often been neglected and needs urgent fixing.
Dr Fan graduated from Guangzhou Art Academy and completed MA at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia and received Ph.D. in Research of Fine Arts at Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.
He held numerous solo exhibitions both locally and overseas such as at Guangdong Art Museum, Shanghai Art Museum, National Art Museum, Guancheng Art Museum and Hong Kong City Hall in China, Taiwan, Korea and Paris.
He received Grand Prize, UOB Competition (2000); Premium Oil Painting Artist Award, Hong Kong World Class Artist Committee (2008); Excellent Award in oil painting, “Tang Shan Grandfather” selected by the International Artists, an American magazine (2007); International Culture Art Fair Award, Korea (2007); Excellent Award “Qiu Qu” selected by the International Artist, an American magazine (2006); Philip Morris ASEAN Art Award for Ink painting (2001); and “Journey”, a ink painting selected as one of the top five entries that represent Singapore in the Winsor and Newton Drawing Competition (1999).
Check out our past Exhibition for Fan Shao Hua at Visual Arts Centre