Adept in the traditional styles of gongbi and xieyi, while influenced also by modern European masters such as Paul Klee and Joan Mir, Singaporean artist Tan Oe Pang has developed a distinct visual vocabulary in the medium of Chinese ink painting, and established himself at the forefront of the second generation of artists practicing out of Singapore. Born in Singapore in 1947 and once studying under the tutelage of Chinese ink master Fan Chang Tien, Tan gained early exposure and foundation in the fundamentals and traditions of Chinese ink painting. What is distinct about Tan's work is his ability to create finely detailed images brimming with life and vitality stemming from a controlled centre. This can be traced back to Tan's meticulous method, as well as his philosophy that is grounded in meditation and stillness.
The bright flecks of colour in Mother and Child provide a whimsical tone to the composition, as a female monkey reaches down towards her child hanging off a precarious cliff face. Tan's deft blending of ink wash technique with intricately detailed strokes, brings forth his message of harmony, love, and a celebration of the strength of the maternal bond.