Stream I

Wan Soon Kam

Title

Stream I

Artist

Wan Soon Kam

Year

1990

Media

Watercolour on Paper

Theme

Landscape

Wan Soon Kam has developed a personal visual vocabulary for landscape painting. Mostly working in watercolour and acrylics, he uses a monochromatic earth-toned palette comprising burnt and raw siennas and umbers, yellow ochre and deep green. Disciplined and demanding, Wan works with a strong sense of the need to create beautiful images. Wan’s paintings are based on natural scenes that often include patches of foliage and streams. They are scenes that would ordinarily be unnoticed, except for the artist’s rendering. He composes his paintings by selecting scenes that are commonplace, and exalting these to a monumental level. This is done by rich detailing of grasses and leaves, playing up the textures with fine brushwork. His treatment of water surfaces makes use of the white ground of the watercolour paper. Using translucent washes and accents, the effect is reminiscent of Chinese landscape paintings.

Another painting by Wan Soon Kam in the Singtel collection, Stream II (1990) is done in similar style and format.