Art and Alchemy: Chieu Shuey Fook

29 July - 14 August 2016
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1 & 2, NAFA Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189655

29 July - 14 August 2016, 11am - 7pm
Open daily, closed on 9 August 2016
Free admission

Exhibition opening: Thursday, 28 July 2016, 6pm
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1 & 2, NAFA Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 1896555
Guest of Honour: Mr Koh Seow Chuan, Chairman of the Visual Arts Cluster Advisory Board
By invitation only

(A) Exhibition

The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts is proud to present “Art and Alchemy: Chieu Shuey Fook”, with his latest solo exhibition after seven years. Born in Singapore in 1934, Chieu Shuey Fook is a second-generation Singapore artist and NAFA alumnus. He graduated with a Diploma in Western Painting in 1953 and was influenced by pioneer artist and teacher Cheong Soo Pieng, who taught full time at the Academy. Prior to becoming a full-time artist in 1983, Chieu pursued a fulfilling career in advertising for more than 20 years. This had a lifelong impact on his artistic endeavours, particularly in his metal relief works for which he is most well-known today. His murals and recognizable artworks are considered to be a legacy in Singapore’s corporate collection and public commissions.

Experimental and exploratory in his artistic practice, the tenacious Chieu is prolific, having created works in various mediums including batik, relief, painting, enamel and glass. In his metal works, Chieu advanced new techniques and employed base metals like zinc, aluminum, copper, and their alloys. Incorporating various chemicals and self-derived mixtures in his art-making, he has produced inventive new textures and expressive surfaces that are distinctively his own.

This survey exhibition showcases over 60 works and is one of the artist’s most comprehensive exhibitions to date. Among the artworks is a modern painted vintage car: a 1961 Morris Minor that was commissioned by Singapore Automotive Engineering in 1990. Also on display is Chieu’s recent work, WOW! Merlion, characterised by whimsical imageries, solid lines, and geometric shapes with vivid coloured planes, forming an impressive triptych that measures about 5 metres across.

Art and Alchemy documents the artist’s lifelong creative endeavour, his unusual practice, and his unique contributions to Singapore’s art landscape.

Selected works are for sale.

(B) Public forum

Language of Materials in Art

Date and time:
Wednesday 3 August 2016, 1 pm

The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1 & 2
NAFA Campus 1
80 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189655

Organised by Institute of Southeast Asian Arts in conjunction with the exhibition, “Art and Alchemy”, Chieu Shuey Fook, a second-generation artist, together with invited artists, Joshua Yang (NAFA Fine Art lecturer and founder of Vertical Submarine) and LIYU (NAFA Fine Art alumnus Liyu Minzie) will share their experiences and perspectives on creating public works and an artist’s responsibility in their artistic processes. The discussion will also touch on their explorations using the languages of unconventional materials and techniques that accentuate their creations, and help invoke meanings and interpretations for the public.


1.00pm Introduction of selected works by Chieu Shuey Fook
1.30pm Forum
2.20pm Q & A
2.30pm End

Admission is free and open to the public.

Please register your interest by 2 August 2016 to [email protected]

Annex 1 - Images of selected artwork
Annex 2 - Artist biography



2011 Metal relief 91 x 122 cm

Blue Composition

1973 Batik 38 x 74 cm

Bull Jump

2014 Metal relief 122 x 152 cm

Wow! Merlion

2015 Metal relief 122 x 456 cm (triptych)


1975 Batik 130 x 80 cm