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Choy Weng Yang
Vibrant Chinatown

Oil on Canvas
127 x 102cm

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Choy Weng Yang is a Singaporean artist, curator and arts writer and a proponent of the art fraternity in post-independent Singapore. Born 12 July 1930 in Singapore, Choy graduated with a National Diploma of Art UK from Hornsey College of Art in 1962 and received the Art Teachers' Certificate (UK) from the University of London Institute of Education in 1963. Cézanne's use of structure in his composition, and Mondrian's strength in order, clarity and strong composition design thus became an important elements in Choy's paintings from 1985 on. In the 1990s, Choy's works are increasingly influenced by Chinese ink and wash paintings by the great Chinese masters of bygone dynasties.

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  • +Artist Bio

    Choy Weng Yang (b. 1936, Singapore - ) is one of Singapore's most notable abstract painters in the post-independence period from 1965. For more than three decades, he has been an artist, curator and educator, contributing actively to the local art scene. Presently an independent curator, he was once the curator of art for the National Museum of Singapore from 1978 to 1985. Read More

  • +Critique

    Art historian and consultant Constance Sheares reviewed Choy's artistic style in 1995 and wrote: "He has always been fascinated by colours and what they do to one another, not only when mixed but also when juxtaposed one against the other. His early work might be described as hard edged due to the straightness of the line where colour meets colour. But the edges are never mechanical or sharp, rather they are soft and silky. This is because the colours are tonally balanced to keep them on the same plane. Choy's finely-tuned sense of structure and scale is enhanced by his use of extremely complex colours. Each is made of many individual hues, then juxtaposed and contrasted. The paintings are based on the warm/ cool contrasts of these colour bars, bringing out in a neutral colour the complement of the neighbouring hue." [Author Adlina Maulod]

  • +Exhibitions

    2007
    ARTSingapore, Suntec City Singapore
    Unique 9 Exhibition (group exhibition), Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery, Singapore 
    Ambience - Theme and Variations (solo) DP, Space Singapore

    2005 - 2006
    ARTSingapore, Suntec City Singapore

    2004
    City Inspirations, Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery, Singapore

    2002
    The Contemporary Asian Art Fair (group exhibition) organized by the Art Association Suntec City, Singapore

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