Boo’s paintings deal with a broad range of subject matter, from mundane domestic objects to images of car and airplane crash scenes, derelict interiors of cathedrals and unpeopled chambers of shopping malls. Boo treats banal objects, modern architectural interiors and destructive scenes as metaphors for the human condition, transforming these into a symbol of contemporary life through his loose, gestural technique and use of a restrained palette to emphasize the materiality of paint.
Boo has held 15 solo exhibitions, including Boo Sze Yang: 29.03.15, iPRECIATION, Singapore (2015); Boo Sze Yang: The Father, iPRECIATION, Singapore (2014); Boo Sze Yang: AIR at Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan (2012); Sanctuary, Art at St Francis, Melbourne, Australia (2012); The New Cathedral, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Galleries, Singapore (2012); Sanctuary, Red Mill Gallery, Vermont, USA (2011); Boom, Utterly Art, Singapore (2009); House of God, Utterly Art, Singapore (2007); Silence of the Canines, Utterly Art, Singapore (2006); and In-between, Zandari, Seoul, South Korea (2005).
He has exhibited in international group exhibitions such as 100 Painters of Tomorrow, Beers Contemporary, London (2014); The Realm in the Mirror, the Vision Out of Image, an exhibition of Singapore contemporary art, Suzhou Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou, China (2013); The 2012-13 Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Hong Kong (2013); the 26th Asian International Art Exhibition (AIAE), Hangaram Art Museum, South Korea (2011); Exchange China-Singapore Art Showcase, Yingu Art Mansion, Beijing, China (2010); Stretch Your Imagination, Penang State Art Gallery, Malaysia (2009); From Left to Right and Right to East, University of Huddersfield and Huddersfield Art Gallery, UK (2009); Txtrapolis: Contemporary Text-based Art From Singapore, University of Philippines Diliman, Philippines (2006); 20th AIAE, Ayala Museum, Philippines (2006); 16th AIAE, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China (2001) and 14th AIAE, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan (1999).
He is a recipient of the Asian Artist Fellowship Award 2010/2011 sponsored by Freeman Foundation for residency at the Vermont Studio Center in USA. In 2003, he was awarded the Juror’s Choice for the Philip Morris Singapore-ASEAN Art Award and in 2009, the Platinum Award, UOB Painting of the Year Competition. Boo is among the selected few included in the publication “100 Painters of Tomorrow” published by Thames & Hudson in 2014. His works are in the collections of the Singapore Art Museum, the Singapore Istana Art Collection, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore, United Overseas Bank, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Simmons & Simmons Contemporary Art Collection, Urban Redevelopment Authority Singapore and Yingu Art Mansion in Beijing.