Laura. Home Ideas. November 04th , 2017.
The mere mention of Dr. Earl Lu's name will bring to mind his vast ceramics and pottery collection and his unusual hobby of painting `black` roses. Dr. Lu, who turned 61 on the very day of our interview, is a busy surgeon in his private clinic. But one who leads a full life despite the heavy schedule and pressures of his profession.
Dr. Lu`s one regret is the lack of early nourishment of his artistic capabilities. "I would love to concentrate more on the arts but my father encouraged me to choose a profession where I could be the boss." He admits to being a late starter and only began painting when he was 30.
Why roses? ″Because very few Chinese brush painters choose roses as their subject. I began with the brush painting technique using traditionary Chinese ink, thus the term ‘black‘ roses.″ Of late, his roses have taken on more colorful hues.
His collections of paintings were not displayed, he said that he was no thought as to his talents as an artist. “Being saleable and being good are 2 different things. Inevitability is what you look for in everything ― it′s the essence of good art and surgery as well.“ He‵s obviously a perfectionist and we discovered further proof when we spied his work table just beside the living room. It was piled high with several paintings done only the previous night.
The bungalow along Bukit Timah Road, where he now lives, actually belonged to Dr. Lu's father who was a keen collector of Chinese paintings. It was actually his grandfather who instilled in him a love of beautiful things — "the old man collected bronzes, pottery, ceramics and he was a brush painter too."
Dr. Lu`s present collection of ceramics and pottery is pretty extensive. And he´s in the midst of donating part of his South‐East Asian (mainly Thai and Cambodian) ceramics collection to the national museum.
He is pleased that his oldest son (he has 4 sons ― three are doctors and one is an artist‐in‐training) is taking up the family tradition of collecting works of art. ”My father was such a keen collector that he had a long narrow strip of railing running across the length of the stunning living room ceiling. This allowed hooks to be secured and ’middle–of–the–hall’ paintings (the name that traditional Chinese gave to big Chinese scrolls) hung from them.”
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