Loi Cai Xiang
Born in Singapore, Loi Cai Xiang is an art practitioner who had graduated with a diploma in fine art, western painting (distinction) from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in 2013. He enjoys painting and finds pleasure in the meditative process of art making. He works mainly in oil and draws inspiration from his personal experiences and reflections of his environment. He seeks to explore the different modes of representation through realism. These explorations allow him to constantly refine his visual and conceptual vocabulary. He is a recipient of Tan Chay Bing and Ngee Ann Kongsi Scholarships and had exhibited at various art shows in Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore. His works are currently collected by private collectors and corporation such as Clifton and Asia Capital Reinsurance.
Void taps into an emotional resonance from seemingly familiar spaces where personal emotional stimulation is present. The catalyst behind Void arises from a sense of intimacy and familiarity that one shares with the environment and space, and in so, rekindles experiences and memory. The spontaneity between the environment and personal experiences bounces off against each other, collides and interacts until a point of resonance is reached. Like an actor interpreting a dialogue, the paintings draw from personal experiences and first impression to interpret the environment and synthesizes new narrative with metaphors and stimuli into a palpable and stark visual poetry. This constant need to define a void that resides between us and the physical world is an attempt to make sense and create a synthetic connection to explain a state of being. This endeavor is a personal exploration for sensibility to define a private gulf that exists between my conscious and subconscious state of mind.
Read more for an essay on the artist titled Loi Cai Xiang: The Spectrum of Reality, written by Deborah Lim, Assistant Curator at Chan + Hori Contemporary.