Hong Sek Chern

Housing Estates, 2014
Ink on Paper, 68 x 138 cm

USD 2,500 – 3,500


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About the artwork

Public housing in Singapore manifests in the form of HDBs - stately blocks of high-rise flats that adorn the Singapore skyline. Originally conceived and completed in a short timeframe to re-house people that were still living in squatter settlements, the initial designs were functional and utilitarian. This simplicity was meant to optimise both cost and space usage. Over time, better quality flats and housing estates have been developed - with technology such as prefabrication technology being employed where components are built off-site and assembled on location. Hong Sek Chern depicts housing estates of different designs in this painting, acknowledging their importance in Singaporean society given that almost 80% of the population have grown up and mingled with the community in HDBs. They form an indelible part of the Singaporean experience.

About the artist

Hong Sek Chern (b.1967) graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, followed by an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Sek Chern’s Chinese ink interpretations of the Singapore urban landscape have won her several awards, including the 26th UOB Painting of the Year Grand Prize. She was recipient of the Young Artist Award from the National Arts Council and was selected to represent Singapore at the 25th Sao Paolo Biennale. Her works are part of several institutions and prestigious collections, including Singapore Art Museum, Taipei Fine Art Museum, and the National Arts Council (Singapore)

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