140 x 280 cm
Pigment and acrylic on canvas
I began my stone series some years ago after a walk through the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve in Singapore. There, I saw granite rocks strewn amid the greenery, silent figures unperturbed by birdcalls, cicada buzz and stifling humidity.
The first paintings in my stone series are flat, pitch-dark rock silhouettes made with black pigment and Chinese ink. The rocks have now become more sculptural and three-dimensional. The colours are quite unlike the traditional ones you may find in Chinese ink paintings. To get bolder, more striking, more compelling colours, I combine vibrant pigments with traditional Chinese ink and colours. Stroke by stroke, layer upon layer, I apply the colours to get the desired intensity and leaving the effect of age on the stone surfaces.