Chen KeZhan’s art is said to straddle both Western and Chinese painting. Chen paints with Chinese ink and mineral pigments on paper to produce semi-abstract, emotive expressions of natural phenomena. His works evoke a sense of beauty, with the use of colour and multiple textured brushstrokes.
Thought of Autumn is painted in the horizontal format of a Chinese handscroll. The frieze-like painting allows the viewer to take a closer look and ponder the spirit of the artwork as evoked by the quick strokes of colour over its full length. The success of the painting lies in the rhythmic repetition of fluid daubs of translucent mineral colour layers.
Several of Chen’s works are in the Singtel collection, including the Garden series (2005), Heliconias (2004), a pair of Autumn series works (2011), and Autumn (2014).