Born in 1959, Singapore, Tung Yue Nang was a graphic designer director before pursuing art full-time. He learnt Chinese ink painting, calligraphy, seal carving and engraving from Singapore’s pioneer artist Shi Xiang Tuo at age 15. Initially specialising in traditional Chinese paintings in his early artistic trajectory, Tung began to incorporate elements of Western painting techniques into his works.
As a painter, photographer and designer, Tung’s attention to detail is what shines most in his work. Springtime is an ink work from a particular period of Tung’s career when he engaged in Chinese ink and the ‘dry-brush’ technique. Using rhythmically repeated foliage patterns and tonal variations, Tung produces a verdant image of a Balinese landscape. In his depiction of a traditional scene, Tung creates a world that is intensely modern, graphic and tactile.