Tay Bak Chiang was born in 1973 in Singapore. He received his initial training in painting at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and in 1997 studied at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China.
Initially Bak Chiang’s work reflected very much the ‘new’ Chinese art of his time that is nature in its simplicity: rocks, flowers, birds and insects, using clean brush strokes and minimal colour.
Bak Chiang went deeper into his observation of nature, drawing out its harmony, balance and solidity. He focused on rocks in all their dimensions and facits, then selecting only one colour from his palette he adds texture to the surfaces.
In the painting ‘white tiger’ Bak Chiang uses a single stroke to mark out the outline of the tiger. He separates the surface of this canvas into two spaces and volume’ an inner and an outer. Looking at the strong broad stroke and at the same time moving one’s body to the right or left of the painting, suddenly the line narrows at certain angles.