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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. In 1952, Liu, together with Chen Wen Hsi, Chen Chong Swee and Chong Soo Pieng, made a month-long painting expedition to Bali. The exotic Balinese culture and landscape inspired the pioneer artists and provided new subject matter for their art. This trip was a milestone in the development of the Nanyang style which is epitomized by 'Offerings'.

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