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Abstract sleight of hand

Ruben Pang uses hands as often as paint brushes to meld hues, writes HELMI YUSOF

SOME art observers regard Ruben Pang as one of the most exciting young talents to emerge in recent years. And it's easy to see why. At 23 and just out of National Service, the confidence of his abstract art belies his youth.

Whether he's painting multi-hued spectral beings soaring through a cold black space, or evoking moods through fine translucent colour blocks, the works are complex, nuanced and absorbing. The 20 paintings and sculptures for his upcoming solo show at Chan Hampe Galleries are more proof of that.

It doesn't hurt that the young Pang - no pun intended - is a genuinely social creature who talks to almost everyone as if he or she is his new best friend. Conversations are peppered...

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