Liu Kang is recognised as one of Singapore’s most influential pioneering first-generation artists. He is best known for his contributions to the Nanyang painting style, which he developed together with his contemporaries after a field trip to Bali in 1952. Many arts scholars have identified the Bali trip as a milestone event contributing to the birth of the Nanyang art style, marking an important juncture in Singapore’s art history. He had also greatly contributed to the development of art in Singapore. He was a leading figure in the Society of Chinese Artist and the Singapore Art Society, and received the Public Service Star award in 1970, and the Meritorious Service medal in 1996.