Born in Fujian Province, Liu Kang (1911-2004) received his formal training in Shanghai Academy of Fine Art, where he was exposed to Chinese paintings. In 1928, he went to Paris where he was influenced by art movements such as Fauvism and Post-Impressionism. Not only was he one of Singapore’s pioneer artists, he was also a leading figure in the Society of Chinese Artists and the Singapore Art Society. In 1970, he was awarded the Public Service Star for his contributions in the field of art.The Smokehouse Hotel, built in 1937, is one of the well-known buildings on Cameron Highlands. Instead of depicting the English Tudor style hotel in the cool highland resort town, Liu focuses on the hotel signage and the distant mist.