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Drawing in Colour
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in colour

     When did humans start to draw? As of the year 2022, the cave painting found in Indonesia in 2017 is the oldest representational work of art. It depicts a wild pig with dark red ochre pigment. This cave art is estimated at least 45,500 years old. On the other hand, the invention of writing occurred after millennia, in fact just 3,000 BC, known as cuneiform in Sumer, the ancient civilization in Mesopotamia. So, there is a great gap of at least 42,000 years between the creation of drawing/painting and the invention of writing. I’m just intrigued by how and why such a core communication tool shifted from drawing/painting to writing.

     As for me, drawing is the fundamental tool to quest for meaning. It can be explorations of various forms, colours, tones, emotions; experiments of various techniques and materials; studies to deepen every concept possible; searches for psychological and mental states; academic pursuits on a broad range of studies. Under this condition, the line between drawing and painting blurs exactly like ancient cave art. Images are often far more eloquent than words. In the same way, words evoke imagination.

     Here I assembled a variety of drawings in colour. Oil, for instance. It is the principal technique that has become dominant throughout art history up to this day since Flemish school masters typified by Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden established this great art practice in the 15th century. As countless artists explored new expressions and techniques with this medium, I feel unable to contribute anything. Hence a handful of my oil sketches before shifting to explore a new method using Japanese sumi ink & acrylic. In another instance, to explore the concept inspired by the Baroque musical genius Johann Sebastian Bach, I experimented with drawings in different textures, techniques and patterns in a specific arrangement as if it were a musical composition. Bach’s creative process was deeply rooted in his Christian faith. He used religious symbolic numbers in his musical compositions. 2D art is, however, categorised into spatial art. I wanted to make it as if it could be time art, in other words, "art based on tempo" such as literature, music and cinema. Carefully arranging each image by symbolic numbers, I tried to compose some core patterns of human experience relating to my personal life. Recent drawings tend to be preparatory to gain precision in composition to draw deep emotions, intellectual and psychological states, subtle nuances of a person in question.

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