Ruben Pang’s vibrant and ethereal work combines fluid technique with a kaleidoscopic palette. Without a preconceived image of the final composition, Pang’s artistic practice evolves throughout the painting process, removing the boundary between abstraction and representation. This approach allows the imagery to surface spontaneously, which Pang describes as “visual syncopation, like searching for a melody in white noise”. Using oil paint and alkyd resin, Pang paints, scratches and erases his paintings using brushes, hands, palette knives and sandpaper, revealing layers of color that reflect projections of his psyche. Pang works on aluminum panels, which allows him greater freedom to transform the image as it develops. His work explores medium and method, creating a feeling of dynamism while testing the boundaries of colour, form, and transparency.
His international shows include a solo exhibition, Zwitterion with Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy and a group exhibition curated by David Anfam, The Figure in Process: From De Kooning to Kapoor at the Paul Allen Brain Institute, Seattle, USA. In Singapore, he has exhibited and performed in the Singapore Art Museum, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), The Substation, and Chan + Hori Contemporary. Since graduating from the Lasalle College of the Arts in 2010 with a Diploma in Fine Arts, he received the Winston Oh Travelogue Award (2010), the Georgette Chen Arts Scholarship (2009-2010), the Lasalle Award for Academic Excellence, and was a finalist in the Sovereign Asian Art Prize in 2010 and 2011.