Fan Shao Hua

The Modern Art Society, Singapore, which will be sending 20 of its members to participate in the 19th Asian International Art Exhibition & 19th National Cultural Festival Fukuoka 2004 in Fukuoka, Japan from 30 October - 14 November 2004, was officially registered as a society in 1964 by a group of young artists passionate about their craft. It has held numerous exhibitions in Singapore and abroad featuring works by its members, and aims to provide a platform for artistic exchange both among artists here and overseas.

The 20 artists representing Singapore from the Modern Art Society include Abu Jalal bin Sarimon, Baet Yoke Kuan, Lim Poh Teck, Ang Teck Ee, Fan Shao Hua and Leo Hee Tong. The artists have all interpreted beauty in different ways: Abu Jalal's depiction of the luohan reflects the craze for breeding this fish in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia in recent years, while Baet's abstract sculpture, Evening of the East articulates the lack of freedom and space we have in our crowded society. Ang's painting, Resonance of Liberation examines Eastern spirituality in death, and the abstract works of Fan and Leo provide visual intrigue for their viewers.

The 19th AIAE is an important annual event of the Federation of Asian Artists, and will feature about 265 paintings and three-dimensional artworks centred around the theme, Asian Beauty - Competition and Harmony from 15 participating countries from the Asia and Pacific region.