TUNG YUE NANG 邓汝能
Singapore | 1959
Tung Yue Nang’s interest and practice in Tao Te Ching philosophy has had a great impact and influence on his artistic pursuits and direction. Initially focusing on traditional Chinese painting, Tung’s artistic philosophy of reconciling art with life, enabled him to combine Western art concepts and media with Chinese art styles and expression. The Tao philosophy focuses on harmony and tranquillity amidst chaos and disorder, which is reflected in Tung’s art in his choice of subjects and composition. His experiment with acrylic and mixed media paintings eventually led to his One series of paintings, and later his Peranakan series. His latest painting exploration in dry brush Chinese painting culminates in the Journal series. Simply using Chinese ink, brush and rice paper, Tung captures Singapore scenes exactly as they appear right now in the present, because “Today is Yesterday’s future and Tomorrow’s history”. Indeed, Tung has found his harmony and tranquillity amidst the city’s chaos and disorder – chronicling Singapore for tomorrow’s prosperity.
EDUCATION & AWARDS
1970s Tutelage under Shi Xiang Tuo and Ng Eng Teng; he was taught Chinese Painting, Calligraphy, Seal Carving, Engraving, The art of Ceramics and Sculpture.
1977 Meritorious Award, Beautiful Singapore River Art Competition
1985 Commendation Award, UOB Painting of the Year Competition
2002 Dr Tan Tze Chor Art Award (Chinese Painting)
2014 Dr Tan Tze Chor Art Award (Chinese Painting)
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2014 Silence: Ink Paintings by Tung Yue Nang, Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery, Singapore
2003 Baba & Nonya: Double Happiness, Paragon Atrium, Singapore
2002 Chinatown My Chinatown, Paragon Atrium, Singapore
1997 Baba & Nonya: The Art of Tung Yue Nang, Orchard Point, Singapore
1989 “One”, Pavillion Hotel, Singapore.
1988 Space & Time, Pavillion Hotel, Singapore
Selected Group Exhibitions
2014 Impressionist Contemporary, Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery, ION Orchard, Singapore
2002 Naked Perfection, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
1999 President’s Charity Art Exhibition, Singapore
1997 Of Things Peranakan Art Exhibition, Singapore
1993 New Age: A New Art Movement Exhibition, Singapore
1990 9th UOB Painting of the Year, Singapore