• Hong Sek Chern

    A masterful interplay of architectural blocks and lines

Hong Sek Chern

Living With Art

Landscape along Little India

CSG124 Landscape at Rochor (Before Demolition)

LP - Sai Yeung Choi Street South

City Ramble Central HK

CSS-138 Edgedale Plains to Punggol Centre-Artra

Housing Estates

LP Inspiration from Joo Chiat

CSS-138 Looking Across Edgedale Plains-Artra

LP Looking for Kai Ching Estate

LP - Mongkok Streets

LP Serendipity

LP Shanghai Bridge

To Asok Station Bangkok

From Ocean Financial Centre and its Thereabouts

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

In Memory - Landscape at Pending

Landscape around Martin Place Sydney

Million Dollar HDB at 194 Mei Ling Street

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.


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

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

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

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 



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

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

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

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  


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