Hong Zhu An: Pure Heart – A Bali Purnati Foundation Artist Residency

27 Mar - 31 May 2015

Introduction

The Private Museum is proud to present Hong Zhu An: Pure Heart – A Bali Purnati Foundation Artist Residency by internationally-renowned Singaporean artist, Hong Zhu An. The exhibition features a selection of 15 new works from a series inspired by Hong’s recent Artist Residency in Bali at the Yayasan Bali Purnati | The Bali Purnati Centre For The Arts. This residency marks his second and most significant visit to Bali since his first trip more than 10 years ago. Through this residency, Hong  immersed in the tranquil nature and travelled through the rich textures of landscapes with road trips and site visits around the Northern, Southern and Eastern Bali.

Hong’s stay at the Bali Purnati – translated as Pure Heart, was a journey of self-awareness and introspection that led him to create this new series of inward and outward journey of Bali. The highlights of this exhibition are inspired by site visits to see Kokokan birds (herons) at Petulu Village, water palace at Taman Tirta Gangga, lotus ponds at Taman Saraswati Temple, cliffs at Uluwatu, walls on rock-cut shrines at Gunang Kawi, historical villages at Tenganan Village and temples such as Pura Besakih. This new body of works give insights to Hong’s experience in Bali that left an impact on him.

 

 

Artist

Artist Bio

Hong Zhu An (b. 1955, Shanghai, China)

Hong Zhu An is a Singapore-based artist originally from Shanghai, China. Hong has a background in both traditional Chinese and Western art forms. Having begun his artistic endeavours in Shanghai, China, Hong went on to further pursue his profession as a full time artist in Sydney, Australia (1989-1993) and then Singapore (1993-present).  His accolades include the ‘UOB Painting of the Year Award’ (1994) and ‘The Best 100, The National Ink Painting Competition, China’ (1988). Hong’s works are also part of collections of major institutions such as the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco,  Princeton University Art Museum, and Singapore Art Museum.

EDUCATION
1998-2001     Ph.D. in Research Fine Art, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
1997     Master of Arts, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia. At LaSalle-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore
1989-1993     Full-time Artist in Sydney, Australia
1982-1983     Studied under Professor Huang Wei Yi in the Sichuan Art Academy, China
1976-1989     Assistant Lecturer at the Shanghai Art & Craft Institute, China
1973-1976     Trained at the Shanghai Art & Craft Institute, China. Studied under famous art scholar Wang Zidou
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015 Hong Zhu An: Pure Heart – A Bali Purnati Foundation Artist Residency
2014 Line: 1994 – 2014, Singapore Art Fair, Ode To Art
2013 The Limitless Void, The Private Museum, Singapore
2012 Hong Zhu An: Ascetic Serenity, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore 
2011 Hong Zhu An, Ode To Art, Singapore
2009 Hong Zhu An: Intrepid Heart, Naked Soul, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Singapore
2008 Reflections on a Long Journey, Plum Blossoms Gallery, Hong Kong
2006 A Deep Breath of Life, Art 2 Gallery, Singapore
New Exuberance, Plum Blossoms Gallery, Hong Kong
Ten Years of Painting (1996 – 2006), Paintings for Sale by Silent Auction, YADDO Art, Windsor Ballroom, The Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore
2005 New Directions, Plum Blossoms Gallery, Hong Kong
Bali Escapade –Recent Paintings by Hong Zhu An, iPreciation Pte Ltd, Singapore
2004 Going Forward, Plum Blossoms Gallery, New York, USA
2003 A Long Journey, Plum Blossoms Gallery, Hong Kong
Fluid Transitions, The Esplanade, Singapore
2002 Ancient Hues, Plum Blossoms Gallery, New York, USA
Ancient Hues, Featherstone Center for the Arts, Massachusetts, USA
2001 The Color of Memory, Plum Blossoms Gallery, New York, USA
Field of Virtue, Plum Blossoms Gallery, Singapore
Field of Virtue, Plum Blossoms Gallery, Hong Kong
1997 RMIT Master of Arts Graduate Exhibition, LaSalle Gallery, LaSalle-SIA College of The Arts, Singapore
1996 The Essence of Art, Art Forum, Singapore
UOB The Painting of the Year Winners Exhibition, UOB Plaza, Singapore
East – West: Abstraction Meets Calligraphy, The Substation, Singapore
1987 Hong Zhu An – Exhibition, National Art Museum Shanghai, China
SELECTED  GROUP  EXHIBITIONS
2006 The 5th International Ink Painting Biennial of Shenzhen, Shenzhen, China
2005 The Second Beijing International Art Biennale, Beijing, China
2004 Do a Book: Asian Artists Summer Project, Plum Blossoms Gallery, New York, USA
Double Surface – Hong Zhu An & Takayo Seto, Plum Blossom Gallery, New York, USA 
The International Asian Art Fair, New York, USA, organized by Plum Blossoms  Gallery, New York, USA
2003 The International Asian Art Fair, New York, USA, organized by Plum Blossoms Gallery, New York, USA
2002 The Singapore Art, Plum Blossoms Gallery, New York, USA
The International Asian Art Fair, New York, USA, organized by Plum Blossoms Gallery, Hong Kong
2000 The International Asian Art Fair, New York, USA, organized by Plum Blossoms Gallery, Hong Kong
Melbourne Art Fair 2000, Australia, organized by Art Forum, Singapore
1999 The International Asian Art Fair, New York, USA, organized by Art Forum, Singapore
Beyond Tradition – Art of the New Migrant Chinese, Earl Lu Gallery, LaSalle-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore

 

AWARDS
1994 UOB Painting of the Year Grand Award, Singapore
1988 The Best 100, The National Ink Painting Competition, China

 

Documentation

Opening Reception