Chan + Hori Contemporary
Building up his compositions freely, forms, colours and textures fall into place on canvas. Esmond Loh focuses on the drama, tension and ambiguity that can be evoked through a painting. His latest body of work focuses on depth and space and gives rise to associations with Surrealist artists who created fluid dreamscapes and amorphous forms. The works demonstrated an attempt to project images and ideas from the subconscious mind onto a physical surface, highlighting formal qualities such as lines, shapes and tones. With motifs informed by thoughts, memories, experiences and the imagination, Esmond explores emotional affect through his works.
Esmond Loh won the prestigious UOB Painting of the Year Award in 2012 at the age of 17, a landmark achievement. He went on to present three solo exhibitions including States of Being (2016) and Generations (2014) at Chan Hampe Galleries in Singapore, even before completing his Bachelor in Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, in the U.K. Selected group exhibitions include Intersections by the Modern Art Society Singapore at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre in Singapore (2018), Size Matters: A Question of Scale at Chan + Hori Contemporary in Singapore (2018) and Passages at the UOB Art Gallery in Singapore (2015). In 2018, he won the Highly Commended Award at the 37th UOB Painting of the Year competition and the 2020 UOB Painting of the Year Silver Award (Established Artist Category, Singapore).
Acrylic on canvas
40cm x 50cm