Fan Chang Tien: The Timeless Ink Heritage
Featuring a collection of about 25 ink works by the first-generation master, this show is a timely follow-up to last year’s successful exhibition in Beijing, Fan Chang Tien: Homecoming of a Heritage held at the China International Cultural Exchange Centre from 21 to 30 August 2019. Fan Chang Tien’s work has been very well-received in China and it is only natural that his artistic journey and achievements should also be celebrated in Singapore, where he dedicated much of his life to art and helped nurtured a new generation of local ink artists. Some of his notable students include Nai Swee Leng, Lim Kay Hiong, Tan Oe Pang, Henri Chen Kezhan, Lim Cher Eng, and Chua Ek Kay. Being a link between the Haipai tradition in China and the burgeoning art scene in Singapore, Fan was essential in providing Singaporean artists an alternative mode of modernist ink paintings that, though with an entwined heritage, was ultimately different from that taught in NAFA.
Fan Chang Tien: Homecoming of a Heritage
In 2019 – The exhibition Fan Chang Tien: Homecoming of a Heritage was held at the China International Cultural Exchange Centre, Beijing.
The artistic journey of Fan Chang Tien is one that exemplifies passion and dedication to the tradition of Chinese painting. Known as a master of Chinese ink painting and one of Singapore’s most influential pioneer artists, Fan has inspired many arts practitioners and arts-lovers and set new directions for the art form.
Links to Event Reports:
Fan Chang Tien Master and His School of Ink Artists
In 2017 – The exhibition Fan Chang Tien Master and His School on Ink Artists was held at the 4th level of Chui Huay Lim Teochew Club at Keng Lee Road. The event was officiated by Guest of Honour Low Sin Leng, Chairman of NAFA Board Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore. Apart from the opening ceremony which was attended by notable artists, collectors, fans and family, on two separate days, there was a painting demonstration by first generation students of the late Fan. Artists- Nai Swee Leng and Lim Kay Hiong showcased their skills.
We would also like to thank all student, friends and sponsors:
Mr & Mrs Daniel Teo Tong How
Dr. Stanley Quek
Jean Yip Group
as this event would not have been possible without their kind support.
Master of Ink Painting – Interpretations of Nature
In 2016 – The exhibition Fan Chang Tien Master of Ink Painting (Interpretations of Nature) was held at the Arts House Gallery on 8-20th May 2016 and officiated by Guest of Honour Prof. Phua Kok Khoo, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, World Scientific Publishing Company & Vice Chairman of NAFA Board.
The Literati Artist
In 2014– A comprehensive bilingual book titled “Fan Chang Tien- The Literati Artist” was launched at the Arts House, on 12th August 2014 featuring 160 pieces of Fan’s artworks including ten masterpieces from the National collection Singapore. It was officiated by Ms Jane Ittogi, Chair of Board, Singapore Art Museu,. A symposium was conducted on the same day by the following.
Low Sze Wee (Moderator)
Director (Curatorial & Collections)
National Gallery Singapore
Kwok Kian Chow
Art Advisor and Writer
Mr Nai Swee Leng
Artist, Mr Fan’s Student
Dr Heng Chye Kiang
Professor and Dean
School of Design and Environment, NUS
Dr Winston Oh
Water Colour Artist and Art Lover
His Art & Passion
In 1998– The Singapore Art Museum showcased 10 of Fan’s paintings together with works from elevel of his students. The exhibition was titled “Fan Chang Tien- His Art & Passion”. It was curated by one of his renowned students, Chua Ek Kay.
A Retrospective Exhibition
Presented by the National Museum, 113 pieces of his work were exhibited at the National Museum Art Gallery, officiated by Dr. Seet Ai Mee, Minister of State for Community Development and Education.