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Lot 11

b. Johor, 1973


Signed with Chinese seal and dated 1995 lower left
Watercolour on paper
56cm x 76cm

Private collection, Johor

ESTIMATE  RM 4,000 - 6,000

Lok Kerk Hwang obtained a Diploma in Graphic Design from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) Singapore in 1995 and a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising (Creative) from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia in 1996. A self taught painter, Kerk Hwang is technically gifted. His artworks have a presence and quality that is intriguing, depicting subject matter that seems common but imbued with character. His talent with watercolour has been recognised by many prestigious competitions and exhibitions locally and internationally over the past 12 years. Major exhibitions include the ‘Shell Discovery Exhibition’ (1993-1996), ‘TRESORS - The Second International Fine Arts and Antiques Fair’ for Asia Exhibition in Singapore (1994), Singapore Watercolour Society Annual Art Exhibition (1998-2011) and Various Federation of Canadian Artists Juried Show Exhibition (2002-11).

In 1997, Kerk Hwang was awarded the Most Promising Artist Award by the Philippe Charriol Foundation Contemporary Art Competition in Singapore. He has won many other awards including the New Orleans Art Association Award, the 25th Louisiana Watercolour Society International Exhibition (1995), a Distinction Award in the 13th, 14th, 18th and 21st UOB Painting of the Year Competition, winner of Winsor and Newton World-wide Millennium Painting Competition (2000) and Grand Prize in the Canadian Watercolour Society Salon Show (2003).

Showing a special sensitivity to light and shadow, Kerk Hwang’s paintings display the artist’s mastery in  watercolour. Depicting personal view on life, what is described in his artworks holds familiarity to many and brings into focus the beauty of objects that are commonly neglected by most.  In The Beauty of Trace, Kerk Hwang’s ability to create engaging compositions is apparent. Wooden boxes are arranged across the surface, creating lines that draw the eye while the play of shadow and space adds depth. Two lone chillies lie between the arrangements of boxes done in extraordinary detail, perhaps a trace of what was in these boxes, and an indication of the existence of more. The Beauty of Trace is a wonderful creation, at once atmospheric, nostalgic and full of rich detail displaying Kerk Hwang’s intrinsic precision and artistry.

3 Man Watercolour Exhibition, Fancy Art Gallery, Johor, 1995