Date of Issue: 09 August 2009
50c: Mr Wee Beng Chong
Wee Beng Chong is a painter, sculptor, print-maker, calligrapher and seal-carver. On his ability to move between traditions, he believes that there is no clear boundary between eastern and western art and being an artist, one must also infuse our work with our traditional values and cultural heritage. He was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 1979.
50c: Dr Ng Eng Teng
The late Dr Ng Eng Teng aimed to express humanist themes in his works and felt that the human figure best expresses feelings and ideas because it is closest to us. His works are reflections of his thought and experiences in visual form. Dr Ng passed away on November 4, 2001 and was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 1981.
50c: Mr Tay Chee Toh
Tay Chee Toh, a painter and sculptor took paths in varied media and modes of visual expression. His sculptural artworks of welded steel, expressed in sensuous curvilinear forms, refer to the artist's allusion to the figure. Yet the lines of the organic abstract forms in their clean arabesque echo the postures and contortions of his two-dimensional figures. He was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 1985.
50c: Mr Teo Eng Seng
Teo Eng Seng, being sensitive to his environment has been his impetus for creating works and striding out in fresh directions. While his career is closely associated with paperdysculpt, he continues to search out and experiment-ing with new materials including plastic wastes and fibreglass for sculptural works and installations. He was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 1986.
50c: Mr Anthony Poon
The late Anthony Poon's works of pure abstraction shy from statement-making and emotive imagery. They stand as self-referential pure form, demanding attention to their physical presence and materiality. His penchant for making large works manifested itself in public commissions of large-scale relief and sculptural works for indoor and outdoor spaces. He passed away on September 2, 2006 and was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 1990.
50c: Ms Han Sai Por
Han Sai Por has made a name as a stone sculptor. With nature as the source of inspiration and reference comes with strongly held views that modernity has severed ties with nature, her sculptures are intended to be evocative while she is most concern about the subject and idea she wanted to deliver. She was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 1995.
50c: Brother Joseph McNally
The late Brother Joseph McNally is a prolific sculptor whose work consists of salvaging discarded wood to make sculpture assemblages of glass and bronzes. While evoking a spiritual “world vision”, his works also fused elements of his Irish heritage and the diversity of Asian cultures he grew to learn while spending most part of his life being an influential art educator and artist in Singapore. He passed away on 27 August 2002 and was awarded the Singapore National Day Meritorious Service Medal in 1997.
Friday, September 18, 2009