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James Phua, the master of Chinese horse painting

James Phua, the master of Chinese horse painting

James Phua was born in Malaysia in 1970. He is regarded as one of most talented painters of horses in the field of contemporary international art. At the age of 5, his talent shocked everyone when he did his first Chinese horse painting as he was self-taught. He won numerous awards in art contests during his school days. At the age of 19, Phua held his first solo Chinese horse painting exhibition with great success and received good reviews. In 1992 he graduated from the Malaysian Institute of Art majoring in Chinese ink painting. He learnt from the famous Chinese painting master Chung Chen Sun and a number of renowned artists during his early years laying a solid foundation in traditional Chinese ink painting.

James Phua served as the Principal of the Malaysian National Art Gallery’s Creative Centre mentoring thousands of students and dedicating himself to art education. He is a very distinctive artist who has really mastered both oriental and western art and has a lot of experience in teaching both these two main streams of art. He is the founder as well as the Principal of the James Phua Art Centre. He was the lecturer of the Malaysian Institute of Art. In 1994 he was appointed to be the Secretary of the Contemporary Research Society. James Phua was also the art consultant cum lecturer to several foreign associations such as U.K., U.S.A, Aus. etc. He was invited by television stations to conduct art demo programmes. He has been active in judging art competitions.

Recently the internationally renowned master of horse painting James Phua cut down his art activities and reduced his busy schedule .This crucial decision was made as he wanted to give his full concentration to horse paintings with the aim of producing his the best work for his art collectors. As an artist, James Phua, has captured the real spirit of horse and has a profound knowledge of horse anatomy. He emphasizes the study of real horses instead of following other artists’ styles. The revolutionary techniques, conceptions and style employed in his Chinese horse paintings have opened up a new horizon and perspective on the development of Chinese horse painting. As for the subject matter, he has adopted themes that other Chinese horse painters have never depicted before such as his series of horse racing, polo, show jumping and flying horses as well as his amazing a- single-stroke-horse paintings. James Phua was the first artist who forwarded the idea of using “Qi” to paint horses. James Phua ,a forward looking artist, whose perception is ahead of his time, has given new life to the world of Chinese painting with his advanced ideas and views clearly demonstrated in his horse paintings. His breakthroughs in horse painting are significant and remarkable in horse painting history.

James Phua and Secretariat, The Legendary Horse

James Phua and Secretariat, The Legendary Horse

What a co-incidence, the birth year of James Phua is exactly the same as the birth year of the greatest horse of the Century: Secretariat. Yet, his birth date also falls on the most important and historical date for Secretariat as it was on this date that this horse won the celebrated Triple Crowns in the Belmont Stake. This co –incidences have helped make James Phua even more of a marvelous one-of-a kind horse painting master

James Phua‘s artworks are collected by state leaders, prominent figures and international art collectors. Recently his unique artworks have attracted many art collectors and investors’ attentions and his work Kentucky Derby Horse Racing was sold at a high price. (artwork done in 2012, 97 x183 cm ,sold date:2012 ,sold value:RMB357,000)

James Phua Masterpiece featured in ABW Mag

James Phua Masterpiece featured in ABW Mag

Kentucky Derby Horse Racing by James Phua

Kentucky Derby Horse Racing by James Phua

3 Responses to Artist Profile

  • simply amazing!! I read about your longest drawing in the world today in ‘the STar’ and i decided to find out more about you and your drawings.

    • Thank you for your compliments. I will keep the website update with my latest information. I am not sure whether you read Mandarin. If you know then I would like to invite you to watch the coming TV program, I am invited by 8TV for a live interview “kai xin jiang jiang jiang” on 7 February 2014 (Friday) 2pm – 3pm. And I will perform a live painting demonstration. That painting will be given away to the lucky TV program’s viewer who has called in and successfully answer some questions that day.
      Once again, thanks for admiring my masterpieces. I will definitely invite you to attend my future program.

  • Hello mr phua,i used to send my other kids to you way back in 1999.i think.that time yr centre was at dsara utama i think then dsara i i want to send my youngest boy and girl aged 9 and11.tq.

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