Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Recent Gifts: Works and Documents of Lim Mu Hue and Jimmy Ong

Recent Gifts: Works and Documents of Lim Mu Hue and Jimmy Ong, Gallery Impressions, 2013, NUS Museum
Exhibition period: 12 Oct 2013 - 31 Jul 2014
Venue: Ng Eng Teng Gallery, NUS Museum

The Recent Gifts exhibition features two groups of works:a donation of works from the estate of the late Lim Mu Hue (1936-2008) and of a purchase of sketches Chinatown Suite by Jimmy Ong (b. 1964) made possible through funds donated by Ms Ann Mui Ling. These works are accompanied by supporting materials including photographs, personal artifacts, and other documentations. Collectively they form a growing body of resources that facilitate research into the artists and their practices, Singapore art, and their contexts.

Lim Mu Hue (1936 – 2008)
Lim Mu Hue graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1955, and taught at the institution between 1960-1969. In Marco Hsu’s Brief History of Malayan Art (written between 1961 – 1963), he was identified as one of the young artists of the day to look out for. By 1966, he exhibited as a member of the “Six-Men Woodcut prints exhibition”, and has since then always been primarily associated with the medium. Throughout his career however, and even in his later years, Lim Mu Hue remained prolific and versatile across different media, and the featured works from the donation reflect the range of his output, not only in woodcuts, but also in oils and acrylics, pastels, and inks.

Jimmy Ong (b.1964)
Best known for his powerful, large scale figurative charcoal drawings, Jimmy Ong began drawing as a child, growing up in Chinatown. In 1984 he was awarded the Alliance of Independent Colleges of Art Scholarship to study at the Centre for Creative Studies, Detroit, USA. His works are informed by intimate observations of his surroundings, underpinned by early familial relationships and a continual examination of issues of gender and sexuality. Chinatown Suite contains sketches that traces the artist’s geographical footsteps in the 1980s – 1990s, and is accompanied by postcards and photographs from the artist’s hands, which form footnotes to the artist’s formative practice. The artist now resides in Vermont, USA. 

Gallery Impressions

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