• Hong Sek Chern

    A masterful interplay of architectural blocks and lines

Hong Sek Chern


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Landscape along Little India


CSG124 Landscape at Rochor (Before Demolition)
2013

LP - Sai Yeung Choi Street South
2014

City Ramble Central HK
2014

CSS-138 Edgedale Plains to Punggol Centre-Artra
2014

Housing Estates
2014

LP Inspiration from Joo Chiat
2014

CSS-138 Looking Across Edgedale Plains-Artra
2014

LP Looking for Kai Ching Estate
2014

LP - Mongkok Streets
2014

LP Serendipity
2014

LP Shanghai Bridge
2014

To Asok Station Bangkok
2014

From Ocean Financial Centre and its Thereabouts
2015

From Place de la République to Place de la Nation Paris - Nou Sommes Charlie
2015

In Memory - Landscape at Pending
2015

Landscape around Martin Place Sydney
2014

Million Dollar HDB at 194 Mei Ling Street
2015

LP - TY Isabel


About The Artist

Hong Sek Chern is the Head of Programme of the Diploma in Fine Art in the Nanyang Academy of  Fine Arts (NAFA) Singapore. She holds a Master of Arts in Southeast Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore and a Masters of Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London. She was the recipient of the National Arts Council Young Artist Award Visual Arts 2000, the prestigious President's Young Talent Award 2001 and has won numerous top prizes and notable mentions in regional art competitions including the Philip Morris Asean Arts Awards and was named Singapore's representative in the 25th Sao Paulo Biennale, held in Brazil.

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In July 2007, she won the 26th UOB Painting Of The Year (POY) Competition. Using traditional Chinese painting media, her painting Aspects Of The City II was singled out from among over 1,100 entries submitted by about 800 participants for the prestigious POY Award.

Hong Sek Chern has been painting interior and exterior spaces of local architecture using Chinese ink for nine years. Sensitive to painterly surfaces and affected by the world around her, the artist hopes that what she creates would allow her to think about the world, its people and herself. At the same time, she desires to share the beautiful surfaces with others to instigate reflection. Stylistically, Sek Chern’s works tend to reflect a masterful interplay of architectural blocks and lines, and are infused with a multi-point perspective of interior and exterior spaces that sometimes collapse into one another. Many of her paintings also explore tension between the old and the new, and notions relating to space and time are sometimes destabilized through the merging and juxtaposition of urban structures that belong to different times and places.


Awards

2007
Painting of the Year, United Overseas Bank (UOB) Group, Singapore

2000
Young Artist Award, National Arts Council (NAC), Singapore

1999
1st Prize (Representational Category), 18th Painting of the Year Competition, The United Overseas Bank (UOB) Group, Singapore
Honourable Mention (Two Awards), 1999 Singapore Turf Club Art Competition, Singapore

1996
Juror's Choice / Prize: Singapore Art Awards 96, 98 and 99, The Philip Morris Group of Companies, Singapore
Chen Chong Swee Overseas Art Scholarship, Chen Chong Swee Foundation and National Arts Council (NAC), Singapore 
Top Prize, Philippe Charriol Foundation Contemporary Art Competition 1995/6, Singapore 

 

Exhibitions

2002
Sao Paolo Biennial, a Group Exhibition, Parque Ibirapuera Biennial Exhibition Hall, Sao Paolo, Brazil 

2001
9th International Drawing and Print Exhibit, a Group Exhibition, Taipei Fine Art Museum, China

2000
Modern Monuments, a Solo Exhibition, Telok Kurau Studios Gallery, Singapore
15th Asian International Arts Exhibition, a Group Exhibition, Tainan Country Cultural Affairs Bureau, China
Different Eye Different View, a Group Exhibition, Artfolio Gallery, Singapore

1999
Hexagon - Drawing Exhibition, a Group Exhibition, Telok Kurau Studios Gallery, Singapore
ASEAN Art Awards 99, a Group Exhibition, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
NAFA's Lecturers' Show, a Group Exhibition, NAFA Art Gallery, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Singapore  


Videos


SINGAPORE SERIES: Painting - Art Lecture Full Video
Various Artists

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