Oh Chai Hoo
Oh Chai Hoo is a local artist who works extensively with various mediums. Graduating from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1982, he has always been dedicated to his artistic creation. Oh Chai Hoo’s mastery of the brush is as well-admired as his fearless experimentation with the medium. In recent years, he has been focusing on the development of new techniques for ink on rice paper. Making use of the slip trailer to complement the use of traditional calligraphy brushes, he pushes the boundaries of the art form’s rich heritage to create works that are powerful fusions of Eastern and Western traditions of fine art. His bold experimentations include making use of Japanese kimono inks on rice-paper and calligraphy carvings on foil-layered teak.
Chai Hoo’s works have been showcased at many various shows and exhibitions, including recent solo exhibitions, “Silent Conversation” with Utterly Art, Singapore (2013), as well as “Tropical Zen Garden” at Esplanade, Singapore (2014), a highlight in his artistic career. It is a Chinese ink on rice paper installation, spanning the whole of Esplanade tunnel, with a length of up to 60 metres. Apart from frequent exhibitions, he has also been given recognition for his outstanding works, by being awarded the Siaw-Tao Best Artwork Award, at the Siaw-Tao Annual Art Exhibition, Singapore, 2013.