Visual Arts Centre

Reunion, Crossing Paths

An Exhibition by Mr Tan Chye Thiam

The “Reunion, Crossing Paths” exhibition is an accumulation of artworks by Singaporean Artist Mr Tan Chye Thiam.

Synopsis

The “Reunion, Crossing Paths” exhibition is an accumulation of artworks by Singaporean
Artist Mr Tan Chye Thiam. This collection of Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Ink Paintings, and
Wood Carvings reflects his journey in practising Chinese Art over the past two decades. The
Squirrel《松鼠》 ink painting depicts the relationships fostered with his colleagues in the sector and the paths that fellow artists, including his students, went on to create in their lives. Some of the artworks that were previously on display elsewhere have been brought in
specially for this exhibition. Of notable mentions are the art pieces of Gratitude《感恩》and
Hope《希望》 which are on display at Yong-en Active Hub and 365 Cancer Prevention
Society- Ang Mo Kio Social Service Centre. Through these two artworks, Mr Tan wishes to remind all to uphold a sense of gratitude and hope in living our lives to the fullest,
regardless of our life stages.

《聚缘》展览收藏了新加坡艺术家陈财田先生在中华艺术界里二十於年的珍贵杰作。多幅丰富多样的书法、水墨画和木雕作品的展出真实地反映了他的艺术历程。其中,水墨画《松鼠》生动描绘了他与同行们在艺术领域建立的深厚关系,包括他和学生们,在生活中创造的友谊。此次的展览特别收集了一些先前在其他地方展出的艺术作品。其中两幅备受瞩目的作品是《感恩》和《希望》,它们分别收藏于永恩乐龄活跃社和365防癌教育协会于宏茂桥社区服务中心。透过这两件作品,陈先生希望提醒我们无论处于任何生活阶段,都要怀抱希望和感恩的心态,全情投入生命,追求精彩活跃的人生。

Sample artworks

This collection of Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Ink Paintings and Wood Carvings reflects his journey in practicing Chinese Art over the past two decades. The Squirrel《松鼠》 ink painting depicts the relationship fostered with his colleagues in the sector and the paths that fellow artists, including his students, went on to create in their lives.

Some of the artworks that were previously on display elsewhere have been brought in specially for this exhibition. Of notable mentions are the art pieces of Gratitude《感恩》and Hope《希望》which are on display at Yong-en Active Hub and 365 Cancer Prevention Society – Ang Mo Kio Social Service Centre. Through these two artworks, Mr Tan wishes to remind all to uphold a sense of gratitude and hope in living our lives to the fullest, regardless of our live stafes.

Artist Biography

Mr Tan Chye Thiam is a Singaporean artist who possesses an unwavering passion for the world of Chinese Art and culture. Since the age of 20, he embarked on a journey of learning Chinese Calligraphy, dedicating himself to this art form for the past four decades. In addition to calligraphy, Mr Tan has also explored various other artistic expressions such as Chinese Ink Painting, Wood Carving, Seal Carving, and Paper Cutting, expanding his artistic repertoire.
For over 20 years, Mr Tan has shared his profound knowledge as an esteemed instructor of Chinese Calligraphy. He has taught in diverse settings, ranging from pre-schools to primary and secondary schools as well as social service organisations and community clubs, in hopes of fostering an enduring appreciation for Chinese Culture.

陈财田先生是一位对中华艺术怀有浓厚兴趣和热情的新加坡艺术工作者。自20岁起,他就开始学习书法,并持续了整整40年的时间。在这段漫长的旅程中,他不仅专研了书法,还涉猎了其他艺术形式,如水墨画、木雕、篆刻和剪纸。作为书法的资深教师,陈先生已经执教超过20年之久。他在各个场合都传授过这门艺术,从幼儿园、小学、中学、非营利机构和民众俱乐部,致力于培养学生对中华文化的欣赏与理解。

Event Details

FREE Public admission
Date: 4 to 6 August 2023
Time: 11am to 6.30pm
Venue: Visual Arts Centre Dhoby Ghaut Exhibition Gallery

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