‘Space’ redefined by local award-winning artist Hong Sek Chern

09 September - 27 September 2017
Lim Hak Tai Gallery, NAFA Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189655

“Along Fajar Rd to Segar” is conceived for Mr Steward Lee, who went missing during his daily hike in Singapore earlier this year

Works of NAFA alumna presents Singapore events in Chinese ink at art exhibition

The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) is proud to present “More space: Works by Hong Sek Chern”, an exhibition of artworks by NAFA alumna and Young Artist Award recipient (2000).  From 9 to 27 September 2017, visitors would be able to view the modern city landscape in a traditional way - through Chinese ink.

At the upcoming exhibition, Hong has ‘space’ redefined in multiple ways.  To explore and present space, she used events that happened in Singapore, such as suicide of former bitcoin exchange firm First Meta CEO Autumn Ratke and the missing Steward Lee’s incident, as her inspiration.  “16 Cantonment Rd” depicted the possible view that Autumn Ratke could have been looking before she committed suicide and “Along Fajar Rd to Segar Rd” is Hong’s well wishes for the late Steward Lee.  Other works explored space through presentation methods such as space within and outside frames and treatment of materials.

The showcase of extraordinary artworks by a NAFA alumna at the academy’s galleries act as a catalyst and inspiration for its students, and at the same time, strengthen NAFA’s position as an acclaimed arts institution which has produced generations of artmakers. The exhibition is open to the public and all are welcome to appreciate these masterpieces of Hong, who has adopted a unique methodology that combines social observations and current topics with her art making skills.

Hong, who was born in Singapore in 1967, graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1995 with Diploma in Fine Art and from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 1998 with MA Fine Art.  Chinese ink is her preferred medium, and she is well-known for her stylistic interpretations of Singapore urban landscapes. Hong’s interpretation on Singapore urban landscape in Chinese ink has won her several awards in Singapore and she was recipient of the Young Artist Award from the National Arts Council in 2000.

While this exhibition is not Hong’s first, “More Space” is the first time she will be presenting different perspectives and styles in a single exhibition. She has held eight solo exhibitions in Singapore and participated in group exhibitions held locally and overseas.

Members of public will also get the rare opportunity to meet the artist in person on 20 September 2017.  During the Studio Talk, Hong will be guiding her audience through her works, sharing her thoughts as well as converse with them on the medium of Chinese ink and its potential.

Annex 1 - Selected works and details