Local artist Chiew Sien Kuan’s first solo exhibition feels almost like a retrospective. The selection of his 30 works chronicles his artistic (as well as spiritual) journey from 1993 to the present. The oil painting, ‘Diamond Island’, which was created in 1993, is full of meaning, serving as the ‘opening act’ of the exhibition. This painting contains many elements of Chiew’s signature style. At the time, Chiew was a graduate from NAFA and was about to pursue a Bachelor’s and Masters of Fine Art in Australia. He also shared that Tang Da Wu has influenced him greatly. The painting incorporates 2D and 3D effects and is layered with meaning. During the interview, Chiew shared that when he was creating the painting, Singapore was called the “little red dot”, but he saw it as a glittering diamond. This diamond is symbolic of Singapore’s construction and development – planes, ports, military bases, etc. These symbols have also turned up in Chiew’s other, later works.
Chiew also shared that his works can be incomplete for five, ten years, but once he discovers the ‘finishing item’, the work will be complete. A lot of his materials have been kept for five, six years, and can be assembled and completed within two weeks.
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