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  • Kam Kee Yong : half-length portrait

    Personalities · Foo, Eric Chee Meng
    This is a photograph of Kam Kee Yong, known to many as a composer, violinist, conductor, artist, and, not least, as the father of violinist Kam Ning. Kam is also a prolific artist who paints on a variety of themes. He was awarded the Cultural Medallion Award in 1984 for...
  • Isa Kamari : half-length portrait

    This is a cropped shot of Isa Kamari, a recipient of Cultural Medallion, Literature, in 2007. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Dr Wong Meng Voon (黄孟文博士) : half-length portrait

    Personalities · Foo, Eric Chee Meng
    Shown here is a photograph of Dr. Wong Meng Voon i.e. Huang Mengwen) who is one of Singapore's most well-known Chinese authors. He was the first recipient of the Cultural Medallion in Chinese literature in 1981. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Self portrait

    Arts · Chen, Georgette, 1907-1993
    Portrait painting is another genre Chen was noted for. This self-portrait is a close-up, full-sized and hauntlngly-real likeness of herself. It shows a sense of cool detachment achieved through minimal lines which delineate the contours of the face and hair, meagre use of colours to differentiate shades of facial complexion and...
  • Kuo Pao Kun : half-length portrait

    Personalities · Foo, Eric Chee Meng
    Shown here is a photograph of Kuo Pao Kun, who made a monumental contribution to Singapore’s literature and theatre. He had written 24 plays, some of which have become classics. He was awarded Cultural Medallion (Drama) in 1990. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Chua Ek Kay : half-length portrait

    Personalities · Foo, Eric Chee Meng
    This is a photograph of Chua Ek Kay (b. 1947, China - d. 2008, Singapore), an artist who has been hailed as the bridge between Asian and Western art. He is the first Chinese ink painter to win the United Overseas Bank Painting of the Year Award (1991). He received...
  • Autumn warmth

    Arts · Yeo, Thomas, 1936-
    Autumn warmth expresses Yeo’s lifelong fascination with nature, and more formal panoramic landscapes like this enable the artist to ‘escape’ from urban living. It takes him away from the confines of the city, enabling him to re-experience his travels. This work is part of the Singapore Art Museum Collection. Physical dimensions of...
  • Iskandar Jalil : half-length portrait

    Personalities · Arts · Foo, Eric Chee Meng
    This is a half-length photograph of Iskandar Jalil (b. 1940, Singapore -). He is a highly-regarded local ceramist who uses fine clay to develop bowls and pots into art works, integrating Japanese and Islamic styles. He was awarded two Colombo Plan scholarships, to study textiles in India (1962) and ceramic...
  • David Lim Kim San : half-length portrait

    Personalities · Foo, Eric Chee Meng
    Shown here is a photograph of David Lim Kim San, who was conferred the Cultural Medallion in Music in 1979 for his distinguished contributions to the nation. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Head of Ah Beng

    Arts · Yeo, Thomas, 1936-
    The Head of Ah Beng is part of a series of ‘portraits’ dealing with social and cultural aspects of society. These are abstracted images of real and imaginary people. Ah Beng represents the artist’s interpretation of a Singaporean character that projects his identity through dress and behaviour – preoccupation with...
  • Goh Beng Kwan : half-length portrait

    Personalities · Foo, Eric Chee Meng
    This is a photograph of Goh Beng Kwan, a leading second-generation artist in the Singapore’s cultural scene. Goh specialises in mixed media art and was awarded the Cultural Medallion in Visual Arts in 1989 for his artistic contributions to Singapore. Title devised by Library staff.
  • City vista

    Arts · Yeo, Thomas, 1936-
    City Vista represents the development of collage and the exploration of the potential of materials Yeo found around him. He regards collage as a way of freeing himself from the tyranny of the brush. This painting presents the idea of an abstract land/cityscape, commenting on the architecture of his environment. This...
  • Reflections : lotus pond in a moment of silence

    Arts · Chua, Ek Kay, 1947-2008
    The Reflections series emerged from the Lotus Pond series. While the latter presents the composites of plant life from the pond’s surface, the concept of the Reflections series delves more holistically on surface and submerged phenomena, thus conceptually strengthening the symbolic references to the macro-cosmic order of Taoist philosophy. Physical dimensions...
  • Variations on I-Ching

    Arts · Chng, Seok Tin
    Chng’s art and imagery often reflect her Asian roots. In the early 1980s, she became interested in the I-Ching (Book of Changes) – an ancient Chinese text that centers on the law of Yin and Yang, the idea of evolution of events and the acceptance of change – as a...
  • Paul Abisheganaden : half-length portrait

    Personalities · Foo, Eric Chee Meng
    This is a half-length portrait of Paul Abisheganaden, musician and conductor. Paul Abisheganaden was a recipient of the Cultural Medallion for Music in 1986. Title devised by Library staff.
  • S. Varathan : half-length portrait

    Personalities · Foo, Eric Chee Meng
    Pictured here is Mr. S. Varathan, a National Arts Council Cultural Medallion Recipient in 1984. He formed the Singapore Indian Artistes’ Association, compiled his drama experiences in books, researched on the development of Tamil theatre in Singapore, in addition to taking on the role as an advisor guiding the younger...
  • Archipelago

    Arts · Chua, Ek Kay
    The Archipelago series invokes the landscape of island-forms. The series returns Chua to the ink tradition of landscape painting, but Chua’s intentions are to cast the subject matter as symbolically localised landscapes to accommodate social and historical journeys of inter-regional migratory seafarers. Physical dimensions of original: 960 x 1420 mm.
  • Pyramid

    Arts · Wee, Beng-Chong, 1938-
    This work demonstrates Wee’s versatility in working across a number of art media and styles. The Great Sphinx of Giza is depicted in a cubist idiom. Three figures represented in the foreground accentuate the scale of the Sphinx. Using muted tones of brown, the work captures the distinct environment of...
  • "Performance" sculpture : general view

    Arts · Poon, Anthony, 1945-2006
    Performance is one of Poon’s earlier attempts at the integration of planes in a three-dimensional space. It is representative of the other type of structure which makes up the linguistic rationale of Poon’s three-dimensional work – apart from the sculptures which resemble the movement of ribbons caught in time and...
  • A junction on Rochor Road

    Arts · Chua, Ek Kay, 1947-2008
    A Junction on Rochor Road is made after Chua’s return from post-graduate studies in Australia. Here, with the use of the technique of expressive ink and calligraphic strokes, Chua distorts the subject such that the image is at threat of dissolving into fragmentary chaos of patchy stains. The painting balances...
  • Chua Soo Bin : half-length portrait

    Personalities · Foo, Eric Chee Meng
    This is a photograph of Chua Soo Bin (Cai Simin) (b. 1932, Singapore), a photographer who has received accolades for his work in advertising and fashion photography, and especially for his 1980s photographic documentation of the lives of important Chinese ink painters. He is also a well-respected senior gallerist in...
  • Platform II : general view

    Arts · Teo, Eng Seng
    Existing somewhere between a large podium and a diminutive stage, Platform II did not merely take on the function of a real object, recalling in this way the utilitarian works of Russian Constructivism. Rather, when guest-of-honour Dr. Ruth Wong opened the art exhibition at UWCSEA in 1976, one wonders if...
  • The last tango on the sea : no. 1

    Arts · Chng, Seok Tin
    Even as she contemplates the beauty of nature in her works, Chng is also an artist with a conscience, often reflecting on the issues of the day, decrying the destructive actions of man. Chng was moved to create this work after reading about the plight and tragedy of the “boat...
  • Moon Festival table

    Arts · Chen, Georgette, 1907-1993
    This painting of paper lanterns and festive goodies of the Moon Festival belies the conscious and careful efforts Chen put into her choice of objects, their composition and colour scheme. The work is a formal and yet unpretentious arrangement of festive goods, in reds and greens, against a simple, pale...