A Mountain is Much More than a Mountain

By Ooi Kok Chuen

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Absorbing atmospheres to regurgitate art, James Sum paints calm and tranquility onto canvas.AdvertisementJames Sum’s mountainscapes can be split into more traditional Chinese inkand-(limited) colour constructs, and more dialectical yet lyrical palettes of oil; sometimes, his works display a nuanced promiscuity between the two.Sum’s Chinese ink does not have the ascetic abandon of Shitao, nor the rarefied mystique of Huang Binhong, but sprawls across a more chaotic topography of cultured terrain dotted by hints of water.The hues are more intense, and...

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Ooi Kok Chuen

is an art-writer and journalist, and the author of MAHSURI: A Legend Reborn (Ooi Peeps Publishing), an adult contemporary fantasy “movel” (a novel conceived as a mock movie) spun from a local legend.