Quan Yifeng's daughter now acts and draws too

Eleanor Lee and mum Quan Yifeng (both above) with the 16-year-old's artwork done in collaboration with Chinese artist Wu Qiong.
Eleanor Lee and mum Quan Yifeng (both above) with the 16-year-old's artwork done in collaboration with Chinese artist Wu Qiong. PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

Singapore TV host Quan Yifeng's 16-year-old daughter Eleanor Lee is one girl to watch out for.

After making headlines for scoring both major TV drama and advertising gigs, she has now collaborated with acclaimed Beijing-born artist Wu Qiong and produced two pieces of artwork that are going for sale at $13,500 each.

"I'm always painting and drawing at home. My room is filled with so many art supplies that my mother is thinking of converting the guest-room into an art studio for me," she says with a grin.

"And I'm so happy I got the chance to work with Wu Qiong on these pieces. I'm really happy about them."

She was speaking to Life on Sunday at the opening reception for the Wu Qiong: Here And Now exhibition at the Ode To Art gallery in Raffles City.

Her pieces, which will be on display at the exhibition until Saturday, feature her permanent marker abstract designs alongside Wu's signature paintings of human figures with their eyes closed and mouths agape.

  • VIEW IT / WU QIONG: HERE AND NOW

    WHERE: Ode To Art Gallery, 01-36E/F Raffles City Shopping Centre

    WHEN: Till Saturday

    ADMISSION: Free

Lee got to know Wu through her mother, who is a big fan of his art.

Next month, she will be concentrating on another kind of art form: acting. She will be flying to China to act in period drama Tribes And Empires, the highly anticipated TV adaptation of Jin Hezai's novel that will also star A-listers such as Shawn Dou and Janice Man.

Lee will be playing the younger version of actress Karlina Zhang and is reported to be in eight of the 50-episode series. According to Quan, she will be getting a six-figure sum for the role.

The newbie actress is excited about the trip as she is "up for trying all sorts of things to express myself", she says, although she admits to feeling some pressure.

"I'm most worried about having to cry on cue. I've been practising but I'm not sure how I will do in front of a big crew," says Lee, who has been watching hit 2011 Chinese TV drama Empresses In The Palace for inspiration.

Tribes And Empires comes months after she had starred in an Apple China commercial that was produced by award-winning Hong Kong director Ann Hui as well as frequent Wong Kar Wai collaborator, cinematographer Christopher Doyle.

On Tribes And Empires, she says with a chuckle: "I just hope I do a good job. After all, having a famous mother means that I cannot do anything to embarrass her."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 10, 2015, with the headline 'Quan Yifeng's daughter now acts and draws too'. Print Edition | Subscribe