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Hong Sek Chern
Tiong Bahru and Queensway, 2013

Ink on Paper
68 x 135cm


In an ode of ink to two of Singapore’s oldest housing localities, Hong Sek Chern brings together images of homes in Tiong Bahru and Queensway. She highlights, in her characteristic style, the lines and curves that formed the iconic architecture there. Incorporating minute detailing and defining shapes such as the rounded balconies of Tiong Bahru, the artist contrasts familiarity with haunting expanses of white. She adds negative space to emphasize the faded entity that traditional homes have become in modern times. Considering its elements, the image is no longer a simple depiction of ink on paper, rather, it is transformed into a dense interpretation of stylistic homage, reminiscence and commentary upon a receding yet familiar past.

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  • +Artist Bio

    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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  • +Exhibitions

    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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