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Residencies Insights: Shui Tit Sing – “100 Years of an Artist through his Archives” an exhibition by the “Singapore Art Archive Project @ CCA (SAAP@CCA)” curated by Artist-in-Residence Koh Nguang How

19 Dec 2014, Fri 7:00pm - 10:00pm

As an expanded version of his NTU CCA Residencies project, Singapore Art Archive Project @ Centre for Contemporary Art, Koh Nguang How presents the temporary exhibition Shui Tit Sing – 100 Years of an Artist through his Archives. Following this idea of a responsive archive, Koh has chosen to profile one of the lesser known early artists from Singapore’s art history, Shui Tit Sing (1914 – 1997), who commenced his artistic training in 1935, the same year the Gillman Barracks were erected. Shui trained at the Hangzhou National Fine Art College in Western painting and developed a practice that crosses fluidly between this Western style, as seen through fauvist devices in early self portraits, through to his Chinese ink painting. He is known for his wood carving sculptures largely influenced by bas relief from temples around Southeast Asia. An avid photographer, painter and sculptor Shui remained active within exhibitions including at the National Museum Art Gallery from 1946 to early 1990s. Shui also spent the 1960s and 1970s travelling through Southeast Asia gaining influences from the various art forms encountered in Cambodia, Thailand, Borneo and Sumatra. Curated by Koh, material in this exhibition demonstrates an artist re-constructing the activities of another artist through ephemera, sketches, reproductions and original artworks, reflecting the complexities of Shui’s artistic and intellectual “vita active” as an artist, journalist and educator. Koh was granted guardianship of this unique collection by the family of Shui Tit Sing.