Huayi 2024

The artwork draws its inspiration from the profound Chinese idiom, “鲤鱼跃龙门” (The carp has leaped through the dragon’s gate), symbolizing triumph, and the unwavering pursuit of success against all odds. This artwork encapsulates well-wishes for Esplanade’s cherished patrons in the forthcoming Year of the Dragon.

Woven discreetly throughout the piece are elements emblematic of the Chinese dragon. Subtle incorporations of Xiao Long Bao, Macarons, and the Longan tree are intertwined with other celebratory motifs. The artwork pays homage to the timeless tradition of classic Chinese landscape paintings, of mountains and the tranquility of lakes.

At the heart of the composition lies a cascading waterfall, with a determined carp swimming on the side, poised for its monumental leap. Adjacent, a dragon emerges with graceful elegance. This juxtaposition serves as a nuanced tribute to the theme and idiom that infuse this artwork with its profound significance.

CLIENT: Esplanade Singapore
YEAR: 2024