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"Just as she (a Nonya lady who is sewing beads on fabric) focuses on a bead at a time. That's what I do as well - one brushstroke after another to replicate the details in Peranakan porcelain. You can't do it fast." - Tung Yue Nang (above) on the meticulous process of his Peranakan series
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The Peranakan series, featuring Peranakan plates, bowls, utensils and also jewellery or paraphernalia of the era, seen from the top and placed on a rich red background, is probably the most iconic of Tung's body of works. No other artist has claimed this ground as much as Tung has.
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The Peranakan series, featuring Peranakan plates, bowls, utensils and also jewellery or paraphernalia of the era, seen from the top and placed on a rich red background, is probably the most iconic of Tung's body of works. No other artist has claimed this ground as much as Tung has.

Painting heritage is 'slow' art

Apr 17, 2015 5:50 AM

THERE are some paintings an artist just can't rush through, and in Tung Yue Nang's case, that would be a detailed still life.

He might be painting Chinatown and landscapes by freehand and on site, but when painting his Peranakan series, Tung even imagines the painstaking way a Nonya lady