Amoy Street 厦门街 is a street located in the Singapore's Central Business District.
The Story of Amoy Street
Amoy Street starts at the intersection of Telok Ayer Street and McCallum Street.
Amoy Street is an English translation of the Chinese word Xiamen 厦门. It was so named as many of the residents who lived there in the 1800s were immigrants from Xiamen, a city in Southern China.
During those days, Amoy Street was noted for its opium smoking dens and the nearby Thian Hock Keng Temple.
One interesting occupant in Amoy Street's long history is Anglo-Chinese School (ACS). ACS was founded in 1886 and No 70 Amoy Street was the school's first location. The school was so named as lessons were conducted in Chinese in the morning and English in the afternoon.
The shophouses on Amoy Street have now become offices and eateries, surrounded by high rise office buildings.
The place is bustling on weekdays with the working crowd swarming the area for lunch options, particularly at the popular Amoy Street Food Centre.
The Story of the Painting
In this painting by respected Singapore artist Low Hai Hong, it is lunch time at Amoy Street.
The working executives descend into the area, looking forward to a much needed break for food, socialising, and rest.
It is crowded and hot, with a lot of queuing and jostling. It is also bustling and lively, with a lot of spirit and energy.
Post pandemic, this image brings back good memories.
What are your memories of Amoy Street?
Title: Amoy Street (2010) 厦门街
Artist: Low Hai Hong
Medium: Oil on Chinese Rice Paper
Dimensions: 60cm x 70cm
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This painting has been exhibited in public only once, in:
"A Tale of Two Rivers - a solo art exhibition by Low Hai Hong" was held at The Fullerton Heritage Gallery, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore from 30 May to 30 July 2014.
The exhibition showcased Low Hai Hong's 18 oil on Chinese rice paper paintings that reflected the streets along the two rivers that he painted most in his artistic journey, the Singapore River in Singapore and the River Seine in Paris, France.
In an interview with the Business Times for the exhibition, he disclosed that painting oil on Chinese rice paper requires a lot of skill, as Chinese rice paper is very thin and oil painting is quite rough. In fact he tore many pieces of rice paper while practising.
"A Tale of Two Rivers" continues, with Autumn at Square du Vert Galant.
I don't say everything, but I paint everything - Pablo Picasso