Fujian-born Huang Bao Fang was a key figure who had made significant contributions to the art scene in Singapore. Huang was trained under two eminent artists, Liu Haisu at the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts and later, Wu Changshuo. At 26, Huang moved to Singapore, where he took up the role of an art educator at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and was a board member of the Singapore Chinese Art Research Association in the 1950s and Singapore’s Society of Chinese Artists in 1980. Huang was a Chinese ink painter who combined local subject matter with traditional Chinese ink painting.
The Chinese trumpet vine, which typically blooms in summer, is a flower native to East Asia that symbolises a mother’s love. Huang’s Chinese Trumpet Vine showcases his keen attention to detail and excellent brush control. The orange hue brings warmth to the artwork, highlighting the significance of the blooming plant.