CHANKERK

(b. 1968, Malaysia)

Chankerk’s work employs energetic, impulsive, bold brushstrokes to communicate a sense of dynamism and fluxus within the context of urbanisation. His paintings are marked by spontaneity and immediacy, informed by first-hand observations. Diffused, abstract depictions of local shop houses, streets and skyscrapers reflect the rapid changes across the Singaporean landscape, rendering familiar scenes as homogenous urban territories. Chankerk’s visual vocabulary also extends to discussions of migration and globalisation by incorporating iconic cultural and historical symbols to reflect an inter-mixed, harmonious global identity in his Melting Pot series.

Chankerk completed his Diploma in Oil Painting at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1993. In 1994, he co-founded Impasto Art Junction, a painting centre for adults, and in 2005 he founded My Art Space at Istana Park, where he teaches painting and art appreciation. He was also chairman of Sentosa Artists Village from 2001 to 2004. His works are included in the collections of OCBC Bank and the Urban Redevelopment Authority.

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