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Fan Shao Hua – 范少華

Fan Shao Hua - 范少華

About the artist

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The Artist – Fan Shao Hua

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.

Works In Realism

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.

From Realism to Surrealism

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.

Awards and Achievements – Fan Shao Hua

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

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范少华

范少华,新加坡华裔油画家。生于广州,自幼习画,1985年毕业于广州美术学院油画系,1990年移居新加坡。在中西文化汇集之地的新加坡,范少华以一名外来者敏锐且深入的观察力,创作出许多反映新加坡都市生活的作品,在新加坡获得广泛认同与赞赏,并在东南亚声名卓著。

范少华通过多年来的不懈努力,使其笔下的作品享誉国际,当中有他于新加坡创作的一系列《牛车水》街景写实派作品最为令人印象深刻,画中表现出强烈人文关怀和现实主义气息,带出了一股强烈的真实感觉。

2000年,范少华的一幅油画作品《他们》获得了新加坡大华银行全国绘画比赛的全场最佳奖。随后他改变一贯创作中细描缓绘的写实画风,尝试用水墨的技法来创作抽象油画。新作中出现了不同层次和式样的皴法、刮擦、泼墨、泼彩、拓印等手法的配合运用,创作出具有中国味道的油画作品。他对中西绘画精神、技法的融合为其作品带来了清新的气象。

范少华画作以实现中国水墨画和西洋油画相互交融的艺术风格,而备受业内好评。中国美术家协会原副主席林墉称:范少华将东方人文精神和个人追求完美结合,将中国画神韵和油画的色彩、机理相交融,将花鸟画的笔墨语言与山水画的意境相结合,将传统技法和现代手法相结合,形成了一种新的意境和画的风格。新加坡原总理李光耀、马来西亚总统阿卜杜拉、印尼总统苏哈托都请他为其画过肖像。

Artworks

山水系列油画

   200 x 160 cm
200 x 160 cm
218 x 120 cm
218 x 120 cm
170 x 135 cm
120 x 120 cm
120 x 90 cm
120 x 90 cm
120 x 90 cm
200 x 50 cm
200 x 100 cm
200 x 100 cm
200 x 100 cm
120 x 120 cm
200 x 120 cm
200 x 160 cm

竹子系列油画

200 x 100 cm

荷花系列油画

120 x 90 cm
200 x 100 cm
120 x 35 cm x 4
120 x 90 cm
150 x 110 cm
200 x 100 cm
120 x 90 cm
200 x 50 cm

玫瑰花油画组合

 

80 x 80 cm x 3

白色玫瑰

抽象系列油画

200 x 100 cm
180 x 150 cm
180 x 150 cm
180 x 150 cm

土生华人婚礼油画

200 x 100 cm

新加坡还旧风物系列:彩墨作品

68 x 68 cm
68 x 68 cm
50 x 50 cm
50 x 50 cm

读 “少华荷”(作者:邢成)
现代大师张大千、林风眠、谢稚柳都是以画荷著名。出污泥而不染,濯清涟而不妖终成文人圣洁、清白、美丽的咏叹调,一画上千年,流派林林种。
张大千笔下的荷“娇艳而不俗、沉着而不浮、生动而不匠”,落落大方,雅俗共赏,驰名中外,被称为“大千荷”。
“荷痴”黄永玉笔下的荷没有了清高、出世的感觉,而呈现出一种很绚丽、很灿烂的气质。
范少华之荷,站在中西文化交融的新加坡,首开油彩画荷先河,将油画“写实”转变为彩墨“写意”,不失油画抽象立体,依旧再现水墨飘逸之韵,甚至更加强化了这种效果,并独家首创油彩稀释冲撞水墨加揉合褶皱肌理背景处理的绘画手法,可谓油彩写意荷花第一人。
“少华荷”是画家自己心中的荷,挥洒纵横,意向万千,最终,我们悟到的是荷的品格、荷的高洁、荷的庄而不媚、荷的坚而不拗、荷的迎风尤静、荷的灿烂清雅,自此,一朵朵盛放的梦幻之荷、精神之荷开在了人们心中……

Our Schedule

VISUAL ART CENTRE DHOBY GHAUT STUDIO

CLASS SCHEDULE

TEEN/ADULT CLASS

KIDS CLASS (5-7 YEAR OLD)

CREATIVE JUNIOR CLASS (8-9 YEAR OLD)

MON

11am -
1:15pm

5pm -
7:15pm

5pm -
7:15pm

(DIGITAL/
MANGA)

7:30pm -
9:45pm

5pm -
6:30pm

TUE

3.30pm -
5:45pm

3.30pm -
5:45pm

(DIGITAL/
MANGA)

3:30pm -
5pm

(KIDS)

4:30pm -
6pm

(KIDS)

3:30pm -
5pm

WED

11am -
1:15pm

1:30pm -
3:45pm

5pm -
7:15pm

7:30pm -
9:45pm

(Chinese Ink Painting)

5pm -
6:30pm

THU

1pm -
3:15pm

3:30pm -
5:45pm

7:30pm - 10pm

(Nude Life / Portrait)

3:30pm -
5pm

FRI

11am -
1:15pm

5pm -
7:15pm

7:30pm -
9:45pm

 

5pm -
6:30pm

SAT

10:30am -
12:45pm

1pm -
3:15pm

3:30pm -
5:45pm

6:30pm -
8:45pm

 

SUN

10:30am -
12:45pm

11:15am -
12:45pm

(KIDS)

1pm -
3:15pm

3:30am -
5:45pm

 

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MacPherson Art Studio

Call/WhatsApp: +65-6255-0711

CLASS SCHEDULE

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140 Paya Lebar Rd, 03-04 AZ @Paya Lebar Building, S(409015)

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Our Location

Dhoby Ghaut Art Studio

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Address:

10 Penang Road, #01-02 Dhoby Ghaut Green,
Singapore 238469

Exit from Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station Exit B and turn left, we are there in 30m!

MacPherson Art Studio

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Address:

AZ@Paya Lebar, 140 Paya Lebar Road, #03-04,
Singapore 409105

Exit from Macpherson MRT Station Exit A and turn left, we are right across the road, 1 minute walk away!

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Foundation In Digital Art

Embark on a captivating journey into the vibrant world of digital art! Our Foundation in Digital Art workshop invites budding creatives aged nine and above to unleash their imagination and hone their artistic skills in a dynamic, supportive environment. From mastering basic digital tools to crafting mesmerizing digital masterpieces, children will explore a spectrum of techniques guided by seasoned mentors. Through hands-on activities and interactive sessions, participants will discover the endless possibilities of digital expression while fostering creativity and critical thinking. Join us for an exhilarating adventure where young artists transform ideas into stunning visual realities, igniting a passion for digital art

Colour & Texture Exploration With Acrylic Painting & Collage

Prepare to unleash your inner artist in a kaleidoscope of color and creativity with ‘Colour Blast: Acrylic Painting & Collage Techniques’! Dive into a whirlwind adventure where vibrant hues and mesmerizing textures collide in a symphony of imagination. From mastering the art of seamless color blending to discovering the magic of mixed media collage, this journey is a playground for your artistic soul. With each brushstroke, explore new techniques that breathe life into your canvas, transforming it into a vibrant tapestry of expression. Join us and let your creativity run wild as you embark on this colorful escapade!”

World of Manga [Foundation & Styling]

A manga art workshop for children and teenagers sounds like a fantastic idea! Here’s how you might structure it:
Introduction to Manga: Begin by introducing what manga is, its history, and its influence on popular culture worldwide. Show examples of different manga styles and genres to give participants an overview.
Basic Drawing Techniques: Start with the fundamentals of drawing, such as line work, shapes, and proportions. Provide step-by-step instructions on how to draw basic manga characters, focusing on simple shapes that can be built upon.
Character Design: Move on to character design concepts, including creating unique characters, designing their personalities, and developing backstories. Encourage participants to get creative and think outside the box.
Expression and Emotion: Teach how to convey emotions and expressions through facial expressions, body language, and positioning of characters. This can be a fun and interactive exercise where participants practice drawing various emotions.
Storytelling and Paneling: Explore the basics of storytelling in manga, including paneling techniques, pacing, and layout. Show examples of different panel structures and discuss how they affect the flow of the story.
Inking and Coloring: Introduce participants to inking techniques using pens or markers. You can also cover digital inking for those interested. Then, demonstrate basic coloring techniques using markers, colored pencils, or digital software.
Feedback and Collaboration: Provide opportunities for participants to share their work and receive feedback from their peers and instructors. Encourage collaboration by having them work together on short manga projects or collaborative drawings.
Final Showcase: End the workshop with a showcase of participants’ work. This could be in the form of an exhibition, digital gallery, or printed booklet. Celebrate everyone’s creativity and progress throughout the workshop.
Remember to create a supportive and encouraging environment where participants feel free to express themselves and explore their creativity. And don’t forget to have fun! Manga is all about imagination and passion, so let that spirit shine through in your workshop.

Academy Drawing Traditions

The academy drawing and sketching tradition, rooted in centuries of artistic practice, emphasizes disciplined study of form, proportion, and technique. Originating from Renaissance workshops and formalized by institutions like the Royal Academy, it prioritizes meticulous observation and mastery of fundamental skills. Students progress from basic exercises to complex compositions, learning to depict still life and common objects with precision and expression. This tradition values both classical principles and innovation, encouraging artists to push boundaries while maintaining a deep respect for tradition. Through rigorous training and critique, artists within this tradition cultivate a strong foundation for creative exploration and artistic excellence.

Chinese Ink Painting and Calligraphy

This course on Chinese ink painting and calligraphy introduces young learners to the rich traditions of Chinese art. Through hands-on activities, students explore the basics of brush techniques, ink control, and the delicate art of Chinese script. They learn to appreciate the cultural significance of calligraphy and painting, developing skills in creating elegant strokes and expressive brushwork. The course fosters creativity, patience, and fine motor skills, while also providing insights into Chinese history and aesthetics. By the end, children gain confidence in their artistic abilities and a deeper understanding of Chinese cultural heritage.

Funk with Graffiti

Funk With Graffiti Workshop for children is an engaging and creative program aimed at introducing young artists to the vibrant world of graffiti and funk-inspired street style art. Participants learn the basics of graffiti history, techniques, and safety. Guided by professional graffiti artists, children explore the art of designing their unique tags, emphasizing creativity, expression, and individuality. The workshop includes hands-on activities, from sketching concepts to creating final designs with spray paint on provided surfaces. By the end of the session, children gain confidence in their artistic abilities and an appreciation for graffiti and funk as legitimate forms of street art. Each child completes two original artworks, which they proudly take home, showcasing their newfound skills and personal style.

Batik Tales

In the Batik Introduction Handkerchief Painting workshop, participants will learn the traditional art of batik, a wax-resist dyeing technique originating from Indonesia. The workshop begins with a brief history and overview of batik, highlighting its cultural significance and various techniques. Participants will then observe a demonstration of applying wax with tjanting tools and dyeing the fabric. Following the demonstration, each participant will design and create their own batik handkerchief, applying wax to create patterns and then dyeing their fabric. The workshop concludes with a group discussion, allowing participants to share their creations and reflect on their learning experience.