About the Piece
Painted from a picture taken of a traveling Chinese Opera Troop during the Hungry Ghost Festival
Completed in 2018
The Hungry Ghost Festival is a traditional Buddhist and Taoist festival held in certain East Asian countries.
The whole seventh month of the lunar calendar is actually called “Ghost Month” when it’s believed that the gates of the afterlife open to allow spirits to roam the Earth to visit the living
Concert-like performances are a prominent feature of the Ghost Festival in Malaysia. Those live concerts are popularly known as Koh-tai in Hokkien. They are performed by groups of singers, dancers, entertainers and opera troops or puppet shows on a temporary stage that is set up within a residential district.
This painting is of an Opera singer that I found captivating