Transformation of a Spiritual Dragon

Born in 1962 in Singapore, multi-disciplinary artist Goh Ee Choo is a graduate of Singapore’s Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and London’s Slade School of Fine Arts. Goh won First Prize (Representational Painting category) in the 1985 UOB Painting of the Year Competition, and came to prominence in 1988 with the seminal collaborative exhibition ‘Trimurti’.A monumental work developed over five years, ‘Transformation of a Spiritual Dragon’ was influenced by Hsieh Ho's six canons on Chi Yun Shen Dong (Spirituality Resonance Vitality Motion) - the basis on which Chinese art is built. Towards the completion of this piece, Goh defined the central image of the work as a metaphor for Shen Long (the Spiritual Dragon that assumes importance in Eastern mythology). Shen Long exudes awesome power or ‘qi’ (life force), but at the same time is tempered by a quality of compassion, benevolence and guardianship.