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Being and Becoming Chua Ek Kay

Bridging Asian and Western art

Year: 2013, 51 mins
Code: NM-Being

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Documentary film about China-born Singaporean artist, Chua Ek Kay, pioneered new forms of representation in Chinese ink painting. Chua faced criticism from traditionalists while personally struggling to resolve differences in East/West aesthetics, yet his perseverance ultimately yielded a quiet revolution in Singaporean art.



Directed by Jacqueline Smith
Produced by Jin-Theng Craven
Cinematography by Annemarie Lean-Vercoe

Chua Ek Kay was a Singaporean artist hailed as the "bridge between Asian and Western art" with a unique painting style using Chinese ink on paper that demonstrated an ingenious blend of traditional Chinese painting forms with Western art theories and techniques.



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