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.Just as Huangshan had inspired countless Chinese artists and poets, Liu was likewise awed by the famed mountain range. He made several trips there and the majestic mountains are a recurring subject of his art. Here is one such painting which reflects the grandeur of the mountains.