About the artist
The Artist – Fan Shao Hua
Born in Guangzhou, China in 1963, Fan Shao Hua ventured into the world of Chinese ink painting at a tender age of 10 at the Secondary School of Fine Arts. When Shao Hua was studying in Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, renowned second-generation Lingnan-style artists such as Guan Shan-Ye and Li Xiong-Chai were leading professors in the Chinese Art Department. As a result of these multiple influences, Shao Hua is also very familiar with the Lingnan style of Chinese paintings. In 1985, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, specialising in oil painting.
Subsequently, he migrated to Singapore where was awarded the “‘Painting of the Year Award’ at the 19th UOB Painting of the Year Competition in 2000 and the International Premium Oil Painting Artist Award in Hong Kong in 2008. Fan Shao Hua is also a member of the Singapore Art Society, the Society of Chinese Artists and the Japan Modern Arts Association. Furthermore, Fan Shao Hua has won many art awards and held numerous exhibitions in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and Paris.
Art Style & Inspiration
Fan Shao Hua takes pride in constantly experimenting and evolving as an artist. He fuses realism with his creative ideas in his artistic expressions. Chinese technique of ‘ink splash’ and ‘creased paper background’, and the Western tradition of representational art techniques is apparent in many of his compositions. These can be seen most evidently in “The Lotus”, “The Nude”, “The Landscape” and “The Abstract” series of paintings. He continues to push the boundary of blending Chinese and Western techniques in his art.
He gets his inspiration from his readings on Buddhism and Taoism, and nature as he strongly believes in the harmonious interactions between man and the unadulterated environment. He devotes considerable time to visit the Chinese countryside and famous mountains like Taishan, Lushan and Huangshan to feel more connected with nature and gain inspiration for his works.
Fan Shao Hua choses the lotus flower to be one of his featured series. This flower represents purity, compassion and spiritual awakening, in Chinese culture. In his Lotus paintings, the contradiction between beauty and mud, serenity and muck, are reflective of the chaotic reality in the human kind. It gives rise to the flower’s most literal meaning and that is: rising, awakening and blooming above the muck of the world and all its sufferings to achieve enlightenment and contentment.
To quote him “艺术无国界，但作品可以反映一个艺术家的民族特质，所受的母体文化教育和传统审美观的影响。在日益国际化的当下， 我们如何保留自身文化特色，是艺术创作所面临的挑战。
Translation: “Art has no national boundaries but an art piece may reflect the cultural characteristics of its artist who has been influenced by the teachings of his/her native education and traditional aesthetic appreciation. In a globalisation world, how we retain and preserve our native cultural uniqueness presents a challenge to artistic creation”.
Awards and Achievements – Fan Shao Hua
- 2017 Asian Art Award, Korea Culture Art Research Institute, Korea
- 2008 International Premium Oil Painting Award, Hong Kong World Class Artist Committee, Hong Kong
- 2007 Finalist/Excellent Award (Tongshan Grandfather), Art Prize Challenge (People and Figures), International Artist Magazine, United States || International Culture Art Fair Award, International Culture Association of Korea, Seoul
- 2006 Award of Excellence, The 40th International Culture Art Exhibition, Korea || Finalist/Excellent Award (Qui Qui), Art Prize Challenge (Flowers and Garden), International Artist Magazine, United States
- 2004 Dr Tan Tsze Chor Art Award (Western Representational Painting), 55th SAS Annual Exhibition
- 2003 Honorable Mention (Chinese Ink Painting), ASEAN Art Award, Singapore
- 2002 Highly-commended, Traditional Chinese Medium Open Section, 21st UOB Painting of the Year Competition, United Overseas Bank, Singapore
- 2001 Daytime selected in Philip Morris Art Prize || Dr Tan Tsze Chor Art Award, Chinese Ink Painting & Calligraphy Open Competition, Singapore
- 2000 Winner, The 19th UOB Painting of the Year Competition, United Overseas Bank, Singapore || Certification of Commendation (Chinese Ink Painting), Dr Tan Tsze Chor Art Award, Singapore || Dr Tan Tsze Chor Art Award (Representational) || Highly-commended, Representational Medium, The 19th United Overseas Bank Painting of the Year Competition, Singapore
- 1999 National Level Winning Entry, Winsor & Newton Worldwide, Millennium Painting Competition, Singapore || Certificate of Recognition, Philip Morris Group of Companies, Singapore Art Award, Singapore || Certification of Distinction, The UOB 18th Painting of the Year Competition, United Overseas Bank, Singapore
- 1998 3rd Prize, Singapore Sports Council 25th Anniversary Celebration Art Competition, Singapore || Distinction Award (Chinese Ink Painting), Dr Tan Tsze Chor Art Award Competition || Highly Commended, the 17th UOB Painting of the Year Competition, United Overseas Bank, Singapore || Merit Award, Cairnhill Community Club’s Art, Quest Nationawide Painting Competition, Singapore
- 1997 Certificate for Recognition, ASEAN Art Awards, Philip Morris Group of Companies, Singapore || Best Entry Award (Representational Category), Singapore Telecom’s Expressions in Art Competition, Singapore || Merit Award, Outram Park Community Club, National Day Youth Art Exhibition
- 1996 Certificate of Commendation, The 15th UOB Painting of the Year Competition, United Overseas Bank, Singapore
- 1992 Certificate of Commendation, The 11th UOB Painting of the Year Competition, United Overseas Bank, Singapore
- 1991 Bronze Award, Guangdong Province’s 70th Communist Party Anniversary Art Competition || Excellent Award, Second Guangzhou Art Expo Month
- 1989 Selected Works ‘Fruit’ and ‘I’ won Guangdong Province Excellence Arts Award || First Prize, Guangzhou City Art Exhibition
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