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Boatyard - Lantau Island

Ang Ah Tee’s artistic endeavour is characterised by his persistent search for his artistic niche in which the element of creativity is indispensable.

Success for Ang came early. In 1973, in his ongoing Chinatown Series, he took an unorthodox route: by amplifying hidden elements in the eclectic visual chaos, the exotic paraphernalia sprang to the surface magnifying the details, textures, tonalities. He accentuated the brooding mood of Chinatown. Ang found his artistic style.

In 1976, Ang embarked on his painting expeditions abroad which, as they escalated, reached a daunting scale – Bali, Malaysia, China, London, France, India, Greece, Istanbul, Israel.

As the ongoing painting tours intensified, it yielded exciting surprises. Fortuitously, Ang learnt that the imageries which emerged from the environment never remained stagnant but were constantly evolving in the form of fusions of myriad visual elements, continually taking on different guises. From time to time, wherever he might happen to be, the imageries could instantly take on an ascendancy and become enthralling visual phenomena of mystery and sensationalism.  From then on,  Ang was gripped by his irrepressible hunt for visual spectacles of enchantment.

In Ang’s widening scope of the fascinating themes around the world none possessed the force of inspiration as Venice to seize his imagination. Encounter after encounter in Venice convinced him of the utter inexhaustibility of the stunning city to exude its visual magnetism. For him, every experience was an exhilarating one of renewal.

Since 2004 Ang’s art has moved into a mature phase - one of promise. The creative moment becomes the focus of his work.

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Global Form
Anthony Poon - Born in 1945. Graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore, 1964, Byam Shaw School of Art, London, 1970 and Regional College of Art, York, 1971. Specializes in Painting and Sculpture. Held 6 solo exhibitions and participated in invitational group shows in Singapore and overseas. Awarded 1st Prize, United Overseas Bank Group Painting of the Year Competition, 1983. Major commissions include the Kallang Theatre Mural, sculptures at United Engineers Square, Tanjong Pagar MRT Station, International Plaza, MICA Atrium, Turf Club and numerous others. Won the Excellence Prize, China International City Exhibition & Symposium (Beijing, 2002) for his sculpture for the 2006 Olympics and awarded the prestigious Singapore Cultural Medallion, 1990. His work is represented in the permanent collections of Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan, Brunei Darussalam Museum, Singapore Art Museum, corporate and private collections in Singapore and overseas.
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Parallel Life
Chieu Shuey Fook -  Born in 1934. Graduated in 1953 from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore. Held 3 solo exhibitions in Singapore and 1 in Frankfurt, Germany and participated in invitational group shows locally and overseas. Major art commissions include aluminium relief murals for a fleet of 20 Singapore Airlines Boeing 747s, enamel frieze at Orchard MRT Station and fiberglass relief murals in Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore. Won 1st Prize in the Instant Asia Art Competition, 1970 and two Citation Awards in New York for his work titled “ Demon Fish” which was selected by ITT for their worldwide advertising campaigns. His work is represented in the permanent collection of the Singapore Art Museum, corporate and private collections in Singapore and overseas.
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Harmony In Colours
Choo Keng Kwang -  Born in 1931. Graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, 1953, Choo Keng Kwang is one of Singapore’s most eminent painters in the representational style. Best known for his oil paintings of doves as symbols of peace and vanishing scenes of Singapore. More recently, preoccupied with breathtaking scenes of his travel such as Grand Canyon, USA, and Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Admired for his paintings of Balinese dancers in artistically controlled movement and dramatic settings. Despite a demanding role as Principal of a school for 30 years and more years as Art educator in his alma mater, the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, he held 12 solo exhibitions and participated in invitational group shows in Singapore and overseas. Had numerous important mural commissions. Awarded the Public Service Medal (PBM) 1976 for contribution to Art and Long Service Award (PBS) 1986 for contribution to education. His work is represented in the Singapore Art Museum, corporate and private collections.
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Choy Weng Yang graduated in 1962 in fine art from Hornsey College of Art, London, UK. He did a postgraduate course at the University of London, Institute of Education in 1963. He was lecturer at the Singapore Teachers’ Training College. From 1978 to 1985, he was curator of art, National Museum, Singapore. He was UNESCO fellow in creative arts in 1973. He did research at the MIT Centre for Advance Visual Studies, USA. Works in the Permanent Collection, Singapore Art Museum, Tolman Collection USA, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, corporate and private collections.
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Harmony In Colours
Chua Mia Tee -  Born in 1931. Graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, 1952. A master of portrait painting, he has painted personalities from businessmen to politicians and distinguished people and Presidents of the Republic of Singapore. He was a social realist artist, his most famous oil paintings include “Workers In A Canteen, 1974” and “National Language Class, 1950” both in the Permanent Collection of the Singapore Art Museum. Also well known for his paintings of colourful cois, majestic animals like lions and tigers and spectacular landscapes of rainforests, mountains and waterfalls in countries he visited. One of the best sought after artists for portraiture and subjects of symbolic significance. Held five solo exhibitions and participated in invitational group shows in Singapore and abroad. His work is represented in the Singapore Art Museum, corporate and private collections.
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Chua Say Hua graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia. Did a Postgraduate Certificate in Fine Arts at Goldsmith College, London. Recipient of the Young Artist Award, National Arts Council, 2001. Won numerous awards, including First Prize in UOB Painting of the Year Competition, 2001 and Philip Morris (Expressions in Art) 1997. Was artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Centre (VSC), USA.
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Harmony In Colours
Foo Chee San -  Born in 1928. Graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, 1955 and Teachers Training College, Singapore, 1961. Also pursued an Art and Craft course in the Industrial Art Institute, Tokyo, 1963. Later graduated from University of Tsukuba, Japan with a Diploma in Art Education, 1984. Best known for painting of scenic views of trees especially coconut trees in rural districts in impressionistic style using Chinese ink. He was Senior Lecturer, Institute of Education, Singapore and Assistant Specialist Inspector of School (Art & Crafts), Ministry of Education, Singapore. Part-time teaching at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Held first solo exhibition at the National Museum Art Gallery, 1982 and participated in invitational group shows locally and overseas. Awarded the National Day Award (PBS), Long Service, 1998. His work is represented in the Singapore Art Museum, corporate and private collections.
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Goh Beng Kwan was born 1937 in Indonesia. Was a pupil of Chen Wen Si before he went to Art Students League of New York, USA in 1962. Won the UOB Painting Competition in 1982. Exhibited widely. Works in the collection of the Singapore Art Museum. Corporate and private collections. Awarded the Cultural Medallion by the Singapore Government in 1989.
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Harmony In Colours
Han Sai Por - Born in 1943. Graduated from Singapore Teachers’ Training College, 1968; Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore, 1977; Wolverhampton College of Art, England, 1983. Held four solo exhibitions and participated in major invitational group shows, sculpture workshops and symposia in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, S. Korea, China, India, New Zealand, Italy, Denmark, England, Canada and USA. Awarded numerous sculpture commissions including “Towards Peace” at Kuala Lumpur Lake Garden, “Orchid Journey” in Suzhou, China, “Borrow Landscape” a site-specific work in Indonesia. Participated in Portland Sculpture Park Project, England, 1990. A member of MENSA, she was awarded the Singapore Cultural Medallion, 1995. Her work is represented in the Singapore Art Museum, corporate and private collections locally and overseas.
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Harmony In Colours
Ho Ho Ying - Born in 1936. Graduated from Nanyang University, Singapore in Chinese Language and Literature, 1962. Published 9 books including “Passionate Family & Art Oddity” a collection of short stories in Chinese, 2001 and “Beyond Image” Calligraphy & Painting – Artworks by Ho Ho Ying, 2005. Founded the Modern Art Society, Singapore, 1964 with 6 other artists and the Federation of Art Societies (Singapore) with Leaders of the various Art Societies, 1992 and established the FASS Chengdu Art Studio, China, 2003. Specializes in Painting and Contemporary Chinese Calligraphy. Held 7 solo exhibitions in Singapore and China and participated in invitational group shows locally and overseas. His work is represented in the permanent collection of the Singapore Art Museum, corporate and private collections in Singapore and overseas.
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Hong Sek Chern, a mathematics graduate from the National University of Singapore, pursued her interest in art at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. She subsequently completed a Masters degree in Fine Arts at Goldsmith College, London University. A leading young artist, she won many prestigious awards including the Young Artist Award from the National Arts Council, Singapore. She represented Singapore at the Sao Paulo Biennale in Brazil in 2002.
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Harmony In Colours
Jaafar Latiff -  Born in 1937. In 1975, he went on a study tour of Japan on a Japanese Government scholarship. Specializes in Acrylic and Batik painting and Computer Art. Held 6 solo exhibitions and participated in invitational group shows in Singapore and abroad including Festival of Arts Singapore, 1988 / 92; Contemporary Art In Singapore: Where East Meets West, 1989; Modern Art travels East – West, Rotterdam 1990 Singapore. Won 3rd Prize, Australian Art Award organized by the Singapore Australian Business Council. Selected art commissions include solo exhibition at Sculpture Square, 2005 and large batik paintings in Orchard MRT. His work is represented in the permanent collection of Singapore Art Museum, corporate and private collections in Singapore and overseas.
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Shexian Village, China
Koeh Sia Yong -  In the late 1950s, Koeh Sia Yong emerged in the Singapore Art Scene as an artist of exceptional talent. His forte was his incisive rendering of the human figure in the heightening of social turbulence.

Koeh’s forte for figurative realism was vividly reflected in his exceptional work, Here They Come, 1960 – which captivated with compelling force the struggles of the poor. To bolster the force of intensity in the element of realism, he deployed diverse tactics. Composition tension from staggering figures, empathy from facial expressions and body language, his characteristic sharp eye for details and intimate knowledge of the ethos of the subject effectively combined to transform an everyday incident to a riveting canvas.

Through the 1960’s and early 1980s, Koeh maintains his hectic pace, with his painting style shifting swiftly, extended his portfolio of works on the enduring theme of Chinatown – the heart of the place, the visual surprises of its nooks and corners and the fringe landmarks which, collectively, still shared the ethos of an earlier era of Singapore. Many of these works – Boon Tat Street, 1972, Funnan Street, 1975, Clark Quay Shophouses, 1981 – still charge our memory with nostalgia.

Koeh is capable of transporting the Singapore River into an enthralling waterway at the heart of a thriving metropolis. Koeh’s recent enterprise was his Balinese involvement. From 1994 to 2002, he lived and painted in Bali, concentrating on the dances, performances, and religious rituals. Entering yet another crucial phase of his ongoing artistic endeavours he painted the Balinese Dance Festival – measuring 1.2 metre x 3.3 metre to capture the spirit and splendour of the celebrated dancers of Bali.
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Nikonos, Greece
Lee Boon Wang -  In the 1950s Lee Boon Wang with a small group of outstanding figurative artists, was instrumental in forging the Figurative Realism movement. Through the 1950s and 1960s, the movement forged dramatic works characterised by their vivid realism and fervent intensity.

From early 1970s Lee’s notable ongoing painting series and expeditions abroad to work on locations went full force with such wide-ranging coverage as exuberant Chinatown, the communal spirit in Bali, the rediscovery of China’s ancient cities, the romantic River Seine, awe-inspiring Acropolis.

Since early 1990s, Lee became passionate about the sea, became a sailor and led a seafaring life painting every conceivable facet of the sea - with such titles as Over the Waves, Treacherous Sea, Regatta, Mooring At Anambas Island, Mikonos (Greece). The sea literally enraptured his life. Whether he is painting the Singapore River, the stormy open seas or the rain forests, Lee’s canvas is an attempt at high drama in the visual world, taking it beyond the mundane illustration to a higher plane on a heroic scale. All the conceivable hidden elements are amplified so that the eventual composition is saturated with local colours, exotic details, mesmerising textures and intriguing tonalities.
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Window View 05
Leo Hee Tong - Born in 1940. Graduated in 1960 from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore. He was an overseas technical trainee at the Hyogo Prefecture in Japan and a researcher of the Japanese Ashiya Art College, Japan, 1973. Solo exhibitions include Suma, Japan, 1973; National Museum, Singapore, 1992. Participated in invitational group shows including Artistes Contemporains De Singapore, Le Grand Palais, Paris, 1988; New York Art Expo, 1989; 5th Asian International Art Exhibition, Malaysia, 1990; Asian International Art Exhibition in Tagawa Museum of Art, Japan and Artseen Exhibition, National Art Gallery & Museum, Wellington, New Zealand, 1992. Won numerous art awards including National Day Art Exhibition Special Award, 1975; Singapore/Taiwan Modern Art Exhibition Creative Prize, 1981; Dr Tan Tsze Chor Art Award, 1983 and UOB Painting of the Year Distinction Award, 1982 – 86. His works are in public and private collections in Singapore and overseas.
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Lim Yew Kuan - Born in 1929. Graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore, 1960 and Chelsea School of Art, London, 1961. Studied Printmaking at Chelsea School of Art 1962 – 63. Art lecturer at Teachers’ Training College, Singapore, 1964 – 79 and Principal, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, 1980 – 91. Solo exhibition in 2003 and participated in invitational group shows in Singapore and overseas. Awarded numerous sculpture commissions including busts of the Republic of Singapore President Yusof Bin Ishak, President Benjamin Sheares and Lim Hak Tai, founder of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Awarded the Public Service Medal, 1980 from the Singapore Government for his contribution to arts. His work is represented in the Singapore Art Museum, corporate and private collections.
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Loy Chye Chuan -  Through sheer force of determination and imagination, Loy Chye Chuan – a self-taught artist - forged a unique watercolour style notable for its idealism and inventiveness.

Loy has the rare and amazing ability to analyse a watercolour work, despite its elusiveness, break it down into key components, revitalise them and, subsequently, reconstruct it into a work of art with renewed life and surprises.

Through successive transitional sequences of laborious trials and errors – an exacting process spanning years to gradually extend the scope of his watercolour art – Loy eventually forged his own remarkable style.

In his captivating painting, Mohammed Sultan Street, the element of details is put to such microscopic treatment that the work takes on the aura of a striking supernatural realistic painting. The familiar has been transformed into a tantalising imagery.

Loy is obsessed with the notion that art has a crucial role in the scheme of things. He is currently involved - with utmost seriousness - in the exploration of social commentary with a morality. Root Of All Evils, depicted with vivid realism, highlights the evils associated with the game (mahjong) such as deception and greed. The Origin - reminds us of our allegiance to our beginnings. As Watercolour art, the series has great promise.

Even for the most committed of artistic talents, it takes years of hard work to arrive at a point of some eminence. For an artist, this point is utterly crucial because it is from here that he works towards being a great artist. As the cost of being a practising artist gets increasingly exorbitant, government support and public patronage could be instrumental in forging a Singapore Art Scene of great distinction.
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Ong Kim Seng, full-time artist in 1985, held many shows in Singapore and abroad. Won 6 awards from the American Watercolour Society and became a Dolphin Fellow in 2000. Awarded the Cultural Medallion in 1991 by the Singapore Government and the Excellence for Singapore Award by the Totalisator Board.
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Poh Siew Wah, born in 1948. Held 7 solo exhibitions. Awarded highly commended certificate UOB Painting of the Year competition in 1984 and 1989 and Australian Art Award in 1985. Distinction in Art Creation Award, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Alumni Association 1987 – 1988. Won the Tan Tze Chor Art Award, 1987 and the Merit Award, IBM Art, 1990. Works in the collection of the National Art Museum, Singapore, corporate and private collections.
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Harmony In Colours
Siew Hock Meng -  Born in 1942. Siew Hock Meng studied at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts at age 16 years but left after a year to work as a rubber tapper in Malaya in order to give himself more time to read and think. Returning to Singapore in 1975, he ran an art gallery and did portrait drawing and painting for clients. He soon discovered his strength and became a full-time artist and relentlessly worked to develop his talent. From portraiture, he developed into figure in a setting and into theme painting. Traveled extensively in South-East Asia, he immortalized some of the most magnificent landscapes and cultural scenes in the region in pastel and oil. Siew Hock Meng became one of the most important artists in South-East Asia particularly for his beautiful works in pastel. Held first retrospective exhibition in Art Retreat, a private museum in 2004. His work is represented in the Singapore Art Museum, corporate and private collections.
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Sim Lian Huat - Born in 1946. Graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, 1968 and Ecoles Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1978. Member of Le Salon Societe des Artistes, Francais. Held 2 solo exhibitions and participated in invitational group shows locally and overseas. Awarded numerous public sculpture commission projects. His work is in corporate and private collections in Singapore and overseas.
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Harmony In Colours
Tan Tee Chie -  Born in 1928. Graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, 1951. Former Head of School Affairs and Registrar and later Senior Lecturer at his alma mater, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. An art critic, calligrapher, painter, he is also a Chinese seal-carving and woodcarving expert. His woodcarving prints of village life demonstrate keen observation of the subject, attention to details and composition and are particularly beautiful. Well grounded in traditional Chinese Painting but has long since taken more interest in experimenting in contemporary Chinese Ink Painting. Reducing the detail of his subject to essentials, he renders a lyrical appeal in his work. Exhibited widely, his work is represented in the Singapore Art Museum, National Museum Art Gallery, Malaysia, University of Michigan Museum of Art, USA, Fukuoka Art Gallery, Japan, corporate and private collections.
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Tan Teo Kwang - Born in 1941. Graduated from St Martin’s School of Art, London, 1967. Participated in Young Contempories at F.B.A. Gallery, London, 1966 and Tate Gallery, London, 1967; invitational group shows at Alpha Gallery, Singapore, Adelaide Arts Festival, Australia, National Art Museum Art Gallery, Singapore. His work is represented in the permanent collection of the Singapore Art Museum, National University of Singapore Museum, the Council House, Wisconsin, U.S.A., corporate and private collections locally and overseas.
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Tang Da Wu, born in 1943, studied at the School of Fine Arts, Birmingham Polytechnic and graduated with First Class (Honours) in Sculpture in 1974. He completed Advanced Studies in Sculpture at St Martin’s School of Art and in 1985, obtained a Masters degree in Fine Art from Goldsmith’s College, University of London. Da Wu has won many awards and held solo and group exhibitions in many countries, including England, Japan, The Netherlands and Malaysia.
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Courting Birds
Tay Chee Toh - Born in 1941. Graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore, 1960. Specializes in Painting and Sculpture. Held 8 solo exhibitions and participated in invitational group shows locally and overseas. Won numerous art awards including the 1st Prize, Singapore Airlines Innovation in Art Competition, 1981, 1st Prize, Abstract Category, 1985, United Overseas Bank Group Painting of the Year Competition and 1st Prize, Building Sculpture Competition, 1993. Selected public commissions include mobile sculpture at Orchard MRT Station. Won the Tan Tsze Chor Prize, 1981 and awarded the prestigious Singapore Cultural Medallion, 1985. His work is represented in the permanent collection of Singapore Art Museum, Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan, corporate and private collections in Singapore and overseas.
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Tay Kiam Hong is a passionate artist who paints nature with great patience and depth. In his Underwater Series, he brings to life, little sea creatures like the squids, fish and mudskippers in simple, well controlled brush strokes in Chinese ink.
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Thang Kiang How - Born in 1946. Held 11 solo exhibitions and participated in invitational group shows in Singapore and overseas. Major commissions include murals at Raffles and Orchard MRT stations, Sentosa Development Corporation, China Yantai Mengghu Hotel and stainless steel sculpture at Marina South. Won many awards including Special Award National Day Art Exhibition, 1977; Highly Commended, Australian Art Award, Singapore, 1984; 1st Prize, Ministry of Communication and Information Art Competition, 1987; Merit Award, IBM Art Competition, 1988 and 1989. President of Modern Art Society, Singapore (1982 – 1993) and member of Visual Arts Advisory Committee, Ministry of Communication and the Arts, Singapore (1981 – 1989). Awarded the Public Service Medal (PBM) by the Singapore Government in 1981. His work is in the collection of the Singapore Art Museum, National Museum of Fine Arts, Taichong, Taiwan, Beijing International Art Palace, Korea Culture Art Research Institute, corporate and private collections in Singapore and overseas.
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Teo Eng Seng is a leading Singapore artist. A recipient of the Singapore Cultural Medallion in 1986 and the Da Vinci Diamond, IBC, Cambridge, UK. His work often reflects his thoughts on world events and are intriguing and thought-provoking.
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Teo Yeow Seng has over 40 years of photography experience. His signature collection of butterfly prints won him the title of Associate of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS), United Kingdom in 1997. Besides photographing butterflies, Teo delights in capturing the beauty of birds, plants, flowers, insects, animals and natural landscapes.
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Tumadi B. Patri (Two Madi) born 1959. Studied at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1986. Active participation in selected group exhibitions. Highly commended in the IBM Art Competition, Singapore in 1990 and Singapore Telecom Expression Art Competition in 1997. Awarded the Certificate of Distinction Philip Charriol Foundation Contemporary Art Competition, Singapore in 1995.
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Yeo Hoe Koon born in 1935, studied at La Ecole des Beaux, Paris in the 1950s. Now working in studios in Malaysia and Singapore. An outstanding artist, his works are in numerous museums, corporate and private collections.
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Wan Soon Kam - Over the years, Wan Soon Kam’s gift in the creation of fusions with the various elements in his pictorial art, achieving tantalising visual effects has attracted a captive audience of art enthusiasts. Utter concentration, the potential of a device and the innate capacity to exploit fresh nuances – these are the characteristics of Wan’s artistic repertoire. Even with a monochromatic palette he could arrive at riveting results.
The mood of a painting is a vital element. Skilfully effected, it could transport an otherwise bland portrayal of an ambience to a lofty plane which touches our emotion. In his art of the landscape or cityscape, Wan has long attached vital importance to the atmospheric mood. In his painting, Lesky Krumlor, Czechoslovakia he successfully effected an evocative brooding atmospheric mood with the place’s local colours, ethnic character and delicate scale. His deployment of light and dark - with its characteristic thoughtful calculation – gave the painting its sense of private spaces and indigenous architecture.

In St Marks Square, Wan sprang a surprise, reflecting his inventiveness in art. Instead of putting the focus on the cathedral’s majestic charismatic presence, he focused on the tourists’ experience in visiting the square. This made the work more daunting if not more challenging. The specific spotlight was on the throng of people whose excitement and agitated activities infused the whole atmosphere with energy. Yet, on another plane, it was the ethereal atmospheric light with its evocative, invigorating vitality, which intrigued the viewer. It was this emotive light which truly elevated the work.  Boosted by his sumptuous success, Wan’s spirit to continually take on new challenges is irrepressible.
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Wee Beng Chong - Born in 1938. Graduated in 1958 from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore. 1964 – 69 studied sculpture at L’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts, Paris, France. Specializes in Painting, Sculpture, Chinese Calligraphy and Seal Engraving, Print-making and Ceramics. Held 9 solo exhibitions and exhibited widely in invitational group shows locally and overseas including China, Japan, England, France and USA. Participated in the 3rd ASEAN Sculpture Symposium And Workshop in Jakarta and executed his public sculpture there. Won numerous important Art awards. A founder member of the Modern Art Society, Singapore, he was the first recipient of the prestigious Singapore Cultural Medallion inaugurated in1979. His works are in the collection of Singapore Art Museum, corporate and private collections in Singapore and overseas.
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