In conjunction with the book launch, AC43 Gallery will also play host to the exhibition, Rhythmic Compulsion: Paintings by Anthony Chua Say Hua from 1 to 20 December 2017. On showcase are 20 works including abstract compositions, shophouse scenes and the artist’s recent neo-cubist treatment of local heritage buildings. Of special highlight is a 105 x 104 cm work titled, 悲惨人生. Loosely translated as “to face the bleakness of life squarely”, the brassy use of colours in this painting mimicking graffiti is surely a clear departure from Chua’s signature depiction of poetic back alleys – the artist’s visual stance reflecting the harshness of reality often experienced living in a fast-changing cityscape. Rhythmic Compulsion is part of a joint period of exhibition programmes for this December organised by Bras Basah Complex Galleries.

Born in Singapore in 1966, Anthony Chua Say Hua is a multi-award winning artist who has been practising full-time art since 1996. An alumnus of the Goldsmiths College, University of London under the Chen Chong Swee Overseas Art Scholarship and former winner of the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award (2001), Anthony Chua also earned the Silver Award in the established artist category in the 33rd UOB Painting of the Year Competition in 2014.

This project is proudly supported by the National Arts Council Singapore (NAC).