Mysterious Skin – Solo exhibition by Simon Ng
Opening Night: Thursday 5 May 2016, 7 - 9 pm
In this new series of work, the human visage becomes the focus for Ng's painting. Employing an impasto technique against a flat block of colour, the paintings incorporate a blend of styles, most reminiscent of Expressionist painter Frank Auerbach with its paradoxical combination of surface manipulation and psychological depth.
Ng uses thick applications of paint to create a highly textured surface which delineates the subject’s facial features while keeping individual characteristics obscured. Driven by the tension between paint and subject, these portraits reveal little of the individual identities and expose the artist’s own desire and fascination with human features. The notion of identity relating to both the artist and the subject is observed, as the series of male silhouettes suggests that it is the artist’s sense of self that finds its way intimately into the paintings.
Simon Ng (b. 1974) received a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts from Open University, UK with Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore (2009). He was a recipient of the Winston Oh Travel Award (2008) and the Winston Oh Postgraduate Fine Art Research Fund (2012). Works by the artist are privately collected in Stockholm, Oslo, and Singapore. He is currently a part-time lecturer at Lasalle College of the Arts.
The exhibition continues at Chan Hampe Galleries until 5 June 2016.