Exhibition Archive

UOB and Art: The Annual Report Series

UOB and Art: The Annual Report Series
A Special Exhibition
2 May – 25 June 2018

Showcasing the 2017 UOB Annual Report Cover


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Chok Yue Zan
I Thought, We Can Stay Strong Like Stones
Mixed media
120 x 180 cm

Mr Chok Yue Zan’s I Thought, We Can Stay Strong Like Stones reinterprets his family’s portrait to show the depth, strength and unity of familial ties. Combining techniques from image transferring and carving, Mr Chok applies multiple layers of paint to symbolise the complexities of human relationships and kinship. This artwork received the 2017 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia) award. He is also the recipient of the 2018 UOB-Fukuoka Asian Art Museum residency programme.

The rocks carved in the shape of the people closest to the artist symbolise the importance of nurturing trusted and deep relationships that last. Standing resilient amid swaying foliage, cloudy skies and rolling waters, the rocks reinforce the need for a firm foundation and fortitude to weather change and volatility. All these reflect UOB’s distinctive approach to banking, a befitting design inspiration for the 2017 Annual Report cover.

Creating sustainable value for our stakeholders and the communities in which we operate is expressed through UOB’s support of art. The UOB Painting of the Year Competition, in its 36th year in 2017, is the Bank’s flagship art programme held across four Southeast Asian countries.

About the Artist:
Mr Chok Yue Zan (b. 1994) is an artist and a college tutor. He graduated from the Dasein Academy of Art, Malaysia in 2015. He won third prize in the Printmaking category at the Tanjong Heritage National Art Competition in 2014. He was also a finalist at the 2015 France Malaysia Young Artist Award Competition, Malaysia.

Our Annual Reports’ Covers from 2009 – 2016
View works by artists such as Chua Ek Kay, Georgette Chen, Goh Beng Kwan, Hong Sek Chen, Tan Rui Rong and Tang Kok Soo at the UOB Art Gallery.


Showcasing UOB’s sustainable growth with Singapore
As part of the special exhibition, UOB’s historical archive of annual reports will be on display to share its strategic growth since 1935 through a series of merger and acquisitions.

Selected artworks from the UOB Art Collection featuring the Bank’s development and sustainable growth with the nation have also been curated alongside the artworks from the annual report series. Key artists featured include Chua Mia Tee, Gong Yao Min and Tay Bak Koi.

Tay Bak Koi
Singapore River
Acrylic on paper
80 x 113 cm

The Singapore River played an important role in Singapore’s status as a free port in the early 18th century. The Boat Quay area was reported to have commercial offices, warehouses and jetties built along the riverbanks.

UOB occupies a prominent area in front of the Singapore River. The construction of the UOB Plaza began in 1970 and in 1995, the second tower was completed and launched on UOB’s 60th anniversary on 6 August 1995.

Chua Mia Tee
UOB Building
Oil on canvas
100.5 x 130 cm

This painting by one of Singapore’s most renowned realist artist, Mr Chua Mia Tee depicts a scene during the construction of the UOB Building in the 1970s.

The many sampans and junk boats illustrate a time when the Singapore River plays an important role in the nation’s trade and commercial sectors, and UOB still remains as one of the key financial institutions in Singapore and across the region today.

from the UOB Art Collection

Chua Mia Tee
UOI Building
Oil on canvas
75 x 95 cm

This building used to stand along Robinsons Road in Singapore, opposite the then-MPH Building.

Housing United Overseas Insurance (UOI) and United Overseas Finance (UOF) employees for a period, the UOI building has been demolished.

Today, UOI employees are housed at the Spingleaf Tower along Anson Road, while UOF was formally merged with UOB on 26 June 2000.

from the UOB Art Collection

Chua Mia Tee
High Street Building
Oil on canvas
80 x 95.4 cm

According to Singapore’s national records, High Street was the first street in Singapore to be laid out after the area was cleared from the jungle near the shore of the Singapore River in 1819. It was presumed that the street was named as such because the land sits on a high ground and hence, was not prone to flooding which were common in the other areas.

High Street also used to be an exclusive shopping area for the rich and the elites in the early 1970s. UOB’s presence as one of the major banking players in this prime area was evident of the Bank’s strong network and progressive vision to be present at the right place in the right time.

Today, this branch is no longer in existent as the Bank reviewed and consolidated its network across the nation. The nearest branch within the High Street area would be the UOB Coleman branch.

Gong Yao Min
My Dream Land
Chinese ink on rice paper
180 x 180 cm

Mr Gong Yao Min brings his dream city into sharp focus in this painting which is inspired by the artist’s impressions of Singapore. Having lived in the city for more than a decade, he wanted to capture its beauty and prosperity through its architecture.

The artist reveals the city’s multiple facets in exquisite detail and upon closer inspection, the iconic UOB Plaza can be seen among the busy landscape. The historical architecture that speak of Singapore’s rich culture and history meld rather fittingly with the modern skyscrapers of this Asian financial centre.