Liu Kang (1911-2004) was born in Fujian Province, China and received his formal training in Xinhua Art Academy of Shanghai, where he was exposed to Chinese paintings. In 1928, he went to Paris where he was influenced by art movements such as Fauvism and Post-Impressionism. One of Singapore�'s pioneer artists, he was also a leading figure in the Society of Chinese Artists and the Singapore Art Society. In 1970, he was awarded the Public Service Star for his contribution in the field of art. �'Artist and Model�' was done in a very different manner as compared to Liu�'s other paintings. In this work, Liu eliminated excessive details as well as shadows. Instead, he emphasised the clearly-defined areas with outlines and colour fields. Rendered in a style akin to batik painting, it showed that Liu was experimenting with the technique of batik painting as he was much inspired by his artist friend Chuah Thean Teng (based in Penang, Malaysia) during the 1950s.


  • Title: Artist and Model
  • Creator: Liu Kang
  • Creator Lifespan: 1911 - 2004
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Singapore
  • Creator Birth Place: Fujian, China
  • Date Created: 1954
  • Physical Dimensions: w1240 x h840 cm (Image size)
  • Type: Paintings
  • External Link: http://www.roots.sg/Roots/learn/collections/listing/P-1070
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Material Extent: completed
  • Credit Line Extent: completed
  • Credit Line: Donated by Shell Group of Companies, Singapore

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