A Year Marked by the Passing Away of Artists Across the World

By Ooi Kok Chuen

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THE DEATH FROM coronavirus of China celebrity watercolourist Liu Shou Xiang on February 13, 2020, in Wuhan, marked the annus horribilis of a lethal disease that has killed 1.66 million people and infected 75.28 million (as of December 17). Wuhan was the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic.A professor of the Hubei Institute of Fine Arts in China, Liu was a top bill in a host of international watercolour exhibitions and workshops. He was just two months shy of 62 when...

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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.