2018 UOB Painting of the Year

Yu-Lan Expression I & II

Emerging Artist Category


Artist: Chai Chang Fung
Title: Yu-Lan Expression I & II
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Size (cm): 90 x 160

Yu-Lan Expression I & II is inspired by the artist’s grandmother, both portraits depicting the subject as well as her namesake, a famous spring flower that is found in China.

The artist’s grandmother, who is in her late 80s, shares the same name as the Yu-Lan flower. Here, the artist places emphasis on showcasing the inner feelings and emotions of his grandmother by documenting her various expressions as she tends to her Yu-Lan flowers. Both portraits have similar backgrounds, but each one captures a distinct expression. The artist’s use of bold colours in thick acrylic conveys the intensity of his relationship with his grandmother, adding on another layer of understanding in our reading of his work.

Artist’s Bio

Chai Chang Fung

Chai Chang Fung

Mr Chai graduated with a Diploma in Fine Art from the Central Academy of Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2004. He has exhibited his works in Malaysia and has a strong passion for art, creating artworks as a pastime.