Gouache on rice paper , 60 x 58 cm
About the artwork
Predominantly a painter, Yeo employed a variety of painting media, like gouache, oils and acrylics. His early works showed quiet surrealist natural environments—“mindscapes” as they were sometimes called,—with wispy images of trees, in which occasionally nestle slight hints of rural houses. Later he developed bolder abstractions of colour and textures. Described as “first and foremost a colourist” by fellow artist and critic Chia Wai Hon, Yeo’s paintings place colour as their topmost priority, with their subjects being of secondary importance.
About the artist
Born in Singapore in 1936, Thomas Yeo is a
prominent Singapore second-generation artist. Educated at the Nanyang Academy
of Fine Arts, Chelsea School of Art and Hammersmith College of Art and Building,
his modern works have been described as "highly imaginative landscapes of
the unconscious mind." He is an active supporter of Southeast Asian art,
and has served as chairman of the Shell Discovery Art Awards and president of
the Modern Art Society, Singapore. Yeo has received the UOB Painting of the
Year award and the Cultural Medallion for his contributions to visual arts in
Singapore. His art has been widely exhibited in Southeast Asia, Europe, USA, and
Australia, and he has presented 39 solo exhibitions and over 100 group exhibitions.
View an interview with Thomas Yeo here: http://youtu.be/H8lOTa0TrJI