Joint exhibition by Chua Say Hua and Hong Sek Chern
This exhibition, comprising 18 paintings by Chua Say Hua and Hong Sek Chern, is part of an ongoing series by the artists to depict cities through its building structures, both old and new. For Say Hua, his artworks highlight the wear and tear of time on buildings such as old shophouses. Sek Chern views cities as constantly evolving and uses the traditional Chinese ink painting medium to portray the urban sprawl.
Chua Say Hua
Chua Say Hua, 49, works with various art mediums and focuses on painting in Chinese ink, acrylic and collage. He aims to create contemporary interpretations as well as abstract compositions of modern subjects such as urban landscapes and old buildings.
Say Hua has held 12 solo exhibitions in Singapore since 1991 and participated in many group exhibitions held locally and overseas. An innovative painter who constantly challenges the boundaries of traditional media, Say Hua won many art awards including the Most Promising Young Artist award by the Philippe Charriol Foundation in 1993, Juror’s Prize awarded by Philip Morris Group of Companies Singapore Art Awards in 1995, and the first prize in Expressions in Art by Singapore Telecoms in 2001. In 2014, he received the Silver Award for the Established Artist Category with his ink-and-pigment abstract piece titled Wall of Inscriptions.
Say Hua was honoured with The Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council of Singapore in 2001 for his outstanding achievements and contributions to visual arts.
Say Hua received his formative art training in various prestigious art institutions. He graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1992 with a Diploma in Fine Art and went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (High Distinction) in 1994 from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia. Three years later, he obtained his Postgraduate Certificate in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Hong Sek Chern
Hong Sek Chern, 48, is interested in exploring various themes within urban settings in her paintings. She likes to work with traditional Chinese ink, oil and acrylic, and apply the aesthetic qualities that these mediums offer in her artworks.
Sek Chern has held seven 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 organised by the Singapore Art Museum in 2001 and represented Singapore at the 25th Sao Paolo Biennale in 2002.
For the UOB Painting of the Year competitions, she won top honours in 2007 for her Chinese painting titled Aspects of the City II. In 2014, she received the Gold Award for the Established Artist Category with another Chinese ink artwork called Wait at Terminal 21.
Sek Chern graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1995 with a Diploma in Fine Art. She holds a Master of Arts in Southeast Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Fine Arts from Goldsmiths College, University of London.