About

MASTER TAN OE PANG, born and bred in Singapore,has been nurtured in Chinese culture since childhood.
At the young age of 13, he came to be a student of FAN CHANG QIAN, the third generation master of the Hai discipline,
from whom he acquired the art of traditional Chinese ink painting. Even at such young age, the youth’s sophisticated artistic talents have been well applauded,and have granted him recognition and fame.

However, young Oe Pang has never been complacent with glory and fame. Instead, over the decade, he persevered in sharpening his artistic talents,perfecting his skills, and advancing his intellectual capacity.
Being an avid reader, he especially loved the poems by masters such as Tao Qia, Emerson, Shakespeare and Goethe.
From these Classics,Oe Pang saw the intrinsic beauty of the universe where he drew direction for his artistic expressions-the principle of “returning to the fundamental truths of being”- a conception of finesse and elegance.

Oe Pang’s painting styles are unique, yet diverse and versatile. In his Chinese paintings, the intensities of a still life were depicted with unexpected simplicity through bold free-styled thick brush washes; lifelike animala and creatures were rendered with strokes of impressionist qualities. The compositions of his landscape paintings revealed the essence of the Chinese traditional paintings in projecting depths, altitude, and vastness of a scene with grace and magnificence taking after that of a trend set prominent during the late Tang and early Song dynasties. Tensions and strengths were skillfully exemplified in his line sketches,when dark inks graced with the lighter blends even within a laser-thin brushstroke.While the motion and vitality of the Tropical Rain Forests were enhanced by the interplay of bold dabs in inks and water gave different volumes and densities of shades; sturdiness,aspirations and majesty were seen in the painter’s personalised ke bi paintings.
Oe Pang’s oil painting redefined individual signature styles of various Chinese and Western art masters,in terms of spatial attributes and contents.
As Oe Pang applied such techniques of line drawing, bold freestyle expressions, and the application of white spaces unique in Chinese traditional painting onto the oil canvas, he established an epochmaking artistic style of his very own.

Oe pang is an artist of many talents. His poetry, too, showed sinplicity filled with philosophies.
His calligraphy is a presentation of classic elegance.And his seal inscriptions, that of angelic grace.

Though Oe Pang keep a low profile in Singapore, he has, in fact, won many awards overseas.
His works was exhibited at International Biennial of Arts Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1985.
He was invited to hold exhibitions and to lecture at the Research Institute of Traditional Chinese Paintings, Beijing in 1987.
In 1989,at the International Biennial of Arts Valparaiso, held in Chile where Oe Pang was the first artist specialising in Chinese painting ever to be invited and have his works featured.
In 1992, Oe Pang held his solo at the Goethe Institute, in Singapore. In 1995, he was appointed by Taiwan Zhong Hua PCPS as Academician.
In view of his achievements, the Beijing Rong Bao Zhai, which had never featured foreign artists in their series of publications before,
publicised Oe Pang’s works in works in 2001. Following year 2002, held solo exhibition at Beijing on invitation by Beijing Art Institute.

When Mr Li Ke Ran first saw Oe Pang’s works at one of the latter’s exhibition, he expressed his vision:”a brilliant dawn in the eastern skies”.
For Li, being an artist of foresight and caliber, have noted the hope and future for Chinese Painting that Oe Pang had set forth.

Awards

1975 Obtained President Efficiency Award

1988 One of his works, A Han Acrobatics, was awarded Works of Excellence in Beijing International Ink and Wash Painting Exhibition.

1995 Obtained the International Grand Master and Paragon Award by PCPS Academy, Taiwan