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Hong Sek Chern

Adjunct Lecturer

Fine Art


Masters in Fine Art,
Goldsmiths College University of London

Bachelor of Science,
National University of Singapore

Diploma in Education,
National University of Singapore

Diploma in Fine Art,
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts


Hong Sek Chern graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1995 with a Diploma in Fine Art and from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 1998 with a Masters in Fine Art. Sek Chern's preferred medium is Chinese ink though she has explored definitions of drawing and painting with other media. Sek Chern is interested in exploring various themes within urban settings. She likes to work with flat surfaces and through the application of drawing methods such as the use of linear, non-linear or multi-points perspective,  she hopes to enable an appreciation of these painted surfaces. Sek Chern has held 8 solo exhibitions in Singapore and participated in group exhibitions held locally and overseas. In particular, she was selected to participate in the President Young Artist Show organized by the Singapore Art Museum in 2001 and represented Singapore at the 25th Sao Paolo Biennale in 2002. Recognised for her contribution to local ink painting, Sek Chern's art has been included in showcases on the ink tradition in Singapore such as the NUS Museum in 2015. Sek Chern's interpretation of the Singapore urban landscape in Chinese ink has won her several awards in Singapore, such as the UOB Painting of the Year award in 2007 and Gold Award in 2014. She was recipient of the Young Artist Award from the National Arts Council in 2000. Her paintings are in the collections of major institutions such as the National Gallery of Singapore, National Art Council, and the Taipei Fine Art Museum among others.