2018 UOB Painting of the Year (Singapore) Awards Ceremony

History

Going back in time: The history of UOB Painting of the Year

Waves by Anthony Poon,
1983 UOB Painting of the Year - Singapore

Driven by a passion to encourage talented artists in their creative pursuits, United Overseas Bank (UOB) started the Painting of the Year competition in Singapore in 1982. Today, the annual art competition is the longest-running in Singapore and one of the most prestigious in Southeast Asia.

Held in four countries in the region - Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand - the UOB Painting of the Year competition has helped to discover many talented emerging artists and recognise several established professionals who have contributed significantly to the development of the Southeast Asian art scene.

Mr Goh Beng Kwan, one of Singapore’s masters of modern art, was the inaugural winner of the competition in 1982. Seven years later, Mr Goh received the prestigious Singapore Cultural Medallion and went on to make his mark in the world of abstract painting. His winning artwork in 1982, an evocative and lyrical collage titled The Dune, is now displayed at UOB Plaza One for the enjoyment of the Bank’s employees and customers.

The Dune by Goh Beng Kwan,
1982 UOB Painting of the Year - Singapore

Other well-known artists in the competition include Mr Anthony Poon, 1983 winner and one of Singapore’s pioneer abstract artists, 1991 winner Mr Chua Ek Kay, famed for his contemporary Chinese ink paintings, 2007 winner Ms Hong Sek Chern and 2014 winner Ms Om Mee Ai. Mr Poon and Mr Chua were conferred the Singapore Cultural Medallion in 1990 and 1999 respectively.

Across the region, the competition has also cultivated a strong alumni of artists. They include Ms Pannaphan Yodmanee from Thailand whose artworks on global warming are currently on exhibition at the Yuz Museum in Shanghai, China; Mr Gan Tee Sheng from Malaysia who is well-known for artworks depicting human desires and the subconscious mind; and Mr Antonius Subiyanto from Indonesia, the winner of the 2014 UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year award who has gone on to exhibit in numerous cities in his country.

Kembali ke Masa Lalu : Sejarah UOB Painting of the Year

Waves karya Anthony Poon,1983 UOB Painting of the Year – Singapura
Waves karya Anthony Poon,
1983 UOB Painting of the Year – Singapura

Didorong oleh semangat untuk memotivasi kreativitas para seniman berbakat, United Overseas Bank (UOB) memulai kompetisi Painting of the Year di Singapura pada tahun 1982. Saat ini, kompetisi seni tahunan tersebut merupakan kompetisi terlama di Singapura dan salah satu yang paling bergengsi di Asia Tengara.

Painting of the Year, yang diselenggarakan di empat Negara di kawasan tersebut – Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapura dan Thailand – telah berhasil menemukan banyak seniman pendatang baru berbakat maupun seniman professional melalui kontribusinya yang signifikan terhadap perkembangan seni di Asia Tenggara.

Goh Beng Kwan, salah satu ahli seni modern dari Singapura, merupakan pemenang pertama kompetisi Painting of the Year pada tahun 1982. Tujuh tahun kemudian, Beng Kwan menerima penghargaan bergengsi Singapore Cultural Medallion dan terus melanjutkan karyanya di dunia lukisan abstrak. Karya seninya yang menang pada 1982 silam, adalah sebuah kolase menggugah dan liris berjudul The Dune, yang sekarang dipamerkan di UOB Plaza One untuk dinikmati para karyawan maupun nasabah Bank.

Dunes karya Goh Beng Kwan,1982 UOB Painting of the Year - Singapura
The Dune karya Goh Beng Kwan,
1982 UOB Painting of the Year - Singapura

Seniman terkenal lainnya dalam kompetisi ini termasuk Anthony Poon, pemenang kompetisi tahun 1983 dan merupakan salah satu pelopor seniman abstrak di Singapura; pemenang kompetisi tahun 1991 Chua Ek Kay, tersohor akan lukisan tinta Cina kontemporer; pemenang tahun 2007 Hong Sek Chern dan pemenang tahun 2014 Om Mee Ai. Anthony dan Ek Kay masing-masing merupakan penerima penghargaan Singapore Cultural Medallion pada 1990 dan 1999, sementara Sek Chern menerima penghargaan Singapore’s Young Artist Award pada tahun 1999.

Di seluruh wilayah, kompetisi ini menghasilkan seniman-seniman yang hebat. Diantaranya, Pannaphan Yodmanee dari Thailand dengan karya seninya mengenai pemanasan global yang saat ini sedang dipamerkan di Yuz Museum di Shanghai, Cina; Gan Tee Sheng dari Malaysia yang dikenal dengan karya seni yang melukiskan keinginan manusia dan alam bawah sadar; dan Antonius Subiyanto dari Indonesia, pemenang UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year 2014 yang kini telah melakukan pameran di berbagai kota di negaranya.

Kembali Menepati Masa: Sejarah UOB Painting of the Year

"Waves" oleh Anthony Poon,
1983 UOB Painting of the Year – Singapura

Didorong oleh semangat untuk menggalakkan seniman yang berbakat supaya mengusahakan kerjaya kreatif mereka, United Overseas Bank (UOB) memulakan pertandingan Painting of the Year di Singapura pada tahun 1982. Kini, pertandingan seni tahunan ini telah menjadi satu acara yang paling lama dianjurkan di Singapura dan salah satu acara yang paling berprestij di Asia Tenggara.

Pertandingan UOB Painting of the Year yang diadakan di empat negara di rantau Asia Tenggara - Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapura dan Thailand - telah membantu untuk menemui ramai seniman yang berbakat dan baru muncul, malah mengiktiraf beberapa profesional matang yang telah memberi sumbangan penting kepada pembangunan seni di Asia Tenggara.

Goh Beng Kwan, salah seorang pakar seni moden di Singapura, adalah pemenang pertama dalam pertandingan ini pada tahun 1982. Tujuh tahun kemudian, Beng Kwan menerima Pingat Kebudayaan Singapura yang berprestij dan kemudiannya menjadikan dirinya terkenal dalam dunia lukisan abstrak. Karya seni beliau yang memenangi anugerah pada tahun 1982 adalah sebuah kolaj anggun dan lirik yang bertajuk The Dune, kini dipamerkan di UOB Plaza One untuk dihayati para pekerja dan pelanggan Bank.

The Dune oleh Goh Beng Kwan,
1982 UOB Painting of the Year – Singapura

Lain-lain seniman terkenal yang telah mengambil bahagian dalam pertandingan ini termasuk Anthony Poon, pemenang tahun 1983 dan salah satu seniman abstrak perintis; pemenang tahun 1991 Chua Ek Kay, terkenal dengan lukisan dakwat Cina kontemporari beliau; pemenang tahun 2007 Hong Sek Chern dan pemenang tahun 2014 Om Mee Ai. Anthony dan Ek Kay telah juga dianugerahkan Pingat Kebudayaan Singapura pada tahun 1990 dan 1999 masing-masing manakala Sek Chern menerima Anugerah Seniman Muda Singapura pada tahun 1999.

Alumni pertandingan ini yang terkenal termasuk seniman yang sedang muncul di rantau ini, misalnya seniman Indonesia Encik Antonius Subiyanto yang telah memenangi anugerah 2014 UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year dengan hasil lukisan beliau yang bertajuk Old Stock Fresh Menu. Lukisan itu merupakan gambaran Encik Subiyanto mengenai jiwa manusia yang dikuasai oleh penggunaan yang berlebihan.

Di seluruh rantau ini, pertandingan ini telah juga memupuk segolongan alumni seniman yang kukuh. Antaranya termasuk Cik Pannaphan Yodmanee dari Thailand dan karya seni beliau mengenai pemanasan sedunia sedang dipamerkan di Muzium Yuz di Shanghai, China; Encik Gan Tee Sheng dari Malaysia yang terkenal dengan karya seni yang menggambarkan nafsu manusia dan minda bawah sedar; dan Encik Antonius Subiyanto dari Indonesia, pemenang anugerah 2014 UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year, yang telah mengadakan pameran di beberapa bandar di negaranya.

让时光倒流:大华银行全国绘画比赛的历史回顾

波浪,方谨顺作
1983年大华银行年度最佳画作 – 新加坡

为积极鼓励具有才能的画家追寻及尽显其创作,大华银行于1982年开始举办年度全国绘画比赛。如今,这项常年绘画比赛是新加坡举办最久也是在东南亚最有声望的绘画比赛。

大华银行全国绘画比赛已在本区域的四个国家,即印尼、马来西亚、新加坡和泰国,发掘了许多具备才能的新锐画家,并表扬了几名在发展东南亚艺术领域方面作出重大贡献的资深专业画家。

吴珉权先生,新加坡现代艺术大师之一,是1982年首届比赛的冠军。七年后,吴先生获颁最高荣誉的新加坡文化奖,并且在抽象画世界里享负盛名。他于1982年的得奖作品,一幅引起共鸣而又抒情的拼贴画“沙丘”,目前展现在大华银行大厦1,共银行雇员与客户欣赏。

沙丘,吴珉权作
1982年大华银行年度最佳画作 – 新加坡

其他比赛中的知名画家包括方谨顺先生,是1983年得奖者及新加坡先驱抽象画家,1991年得奖者蔡逸溪先生以其当代中国水墨画闻名,2007年得奖者洪雪珍女士及2014年得奖者严美爱女士。方先生与蔡先生分别于1990年及1999年获颁予新加坡文化奖。

在本区域,这项比赛也栽培了许多画家。他们包括来自泰国的Pannaphan Yodmanee女士。其以全球气候升温为主题的作品目前在中国上海的余德耀美术馆展出;马来西亚的Gan Tee Sheng先生则以其描绘人的欲望及潜意识而享有知名;而来自印尼的Antonius Subiyanto,即2014年大华银行东南亚年度最佳画作得奖者,已在其国家的许多城市展出他的作品。

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Waves โดย Anthony Poon,
รางวัลชนะเลิศการประกวด UOB Painting of the Year ประเทศสิงคโปร์ ปี 2526

ด้วยความมุ่งมาดปรารถนาที่จะกระตุ้นให้เหล่าศิลปินที่เต็มไปด้วยแรงบันดาลใจได้ทำตามความฝันของตนเอง ธนาคารยูโอบี ได้ริเริ่ม การประกวดจิตรกรรมยูโอบี (UOB Painting of the Year) ขึ้นในประเทศสิงคโปร์เมื่อปี 2525 และจัดอย่างต่อเนื่องมาจนถึงปัจจุบัน นับเป็นการประกวดงานศิลปะที่ยาวนานที่สุดในประเทศสิงคโปร์ และเป็นหนึ่งในการประกวดที่ทรงเกียรติที่สุดของภูมิภาคเอเชียตะวันออกเฉียงใต้

การประกวดจิตรกรรมยูโอบี ถูกจัดขึ้นใน 4 ประเทศทั่วภูมิภาค ได้แก่ อินโดนีเซีย มาเลเซีย สิงคโปร์ และไทย ซึ่งเป็นการประกวดที่ได้ค้นพบศิลปินใหม่ที่มีพรสวรรค์มากมาย และร่วมเชิดชูศิลปินอาชีพที่อุทิศตนเพื่อพัฒนาวงการศิลปะในภูมิภาคเอเชียตะวันออกเฉียงใต้อย่างแท้จริง

Goh Beng Kwan หนึ่งในบรมครูด้านศิลปะสมัยใหม่ (modern art) ของสิงคโปร์ คือผู้ที่ได้รับรางวัลชนะเลิศจากงานประกวดครั้งแรกในปี 2525 อีกเจ็ดปีหลังจากนั้น Beng Kwan ได้รับรางวัลเกียรติยศ Singapore Cultural Medallion ก่อนจะสร้างชื่อเสียงในวงการจิตรกรรมแนวนามธรรม (abstract) ระดับโลก ผลงานที่เขาได้รับรางวัลเมื่อปี 2525 สื่อถึงการรำลึกภาพเหตุการณ์ในอดีตและโคลงสั้นด้วยเทคนิค collage ที่ชื่อว่า Dunes นั้น ปัจจุบันถูกจัดแสดงไว้ที่ UOB Plaza One ประเทศสิงคโปร์ เพื่อสร้างความรื่นรมย์ให้กับพนักงานและลูกค้าของธนาคาร

The Dune โดย Goh Beng Kwan
รางวัลชนะเลิศการประกวด UOB Painting of the Year ประเทศสิงคโปร์ ปี 2525

นอกจากนี้ยังมีศิลปินที่มีชื่อเสียงท่านอื่นๆ อาทิ Anthony Poon ผู้ได้รับรางวัลชนะเลิศ ปี 2526 และเป็นหนึ่งในศิลปินผู้บุกเบิกงานแนวนามธรรม (abstract) ของสิงคโปร์ Chua Ek Kay ผู้ได้รับรางวัลชนะเลิศ ปี 2534 ที่สร้างชื่อเสียงจากภาพวาดหมึกจีนแนวร่วมสมัย และ Hong Sek Chern ผู้ได้รับรางวัลชนะเลิศ ปี 2550 รวมถึง Om Mee Ai ผู้ได้รับรางวัลชนะเลิศ ปี 2557 ที่ผ่านมา โดย Anthony และ Ek Kay ได้รับรางวัล Singapore Cultural Medallion ในปี 2533 และ 2542 ตามลำดับ ในขณะที่ Sek Chern ได้รับรางวัล Singapore’s Young Artist ในปี 2542

ศิลปินรุ่นพี่ที่เคยได้รับรางวัลจาก การประกวดจิตรกรรมยูโอบี ทั่วทั้งภูมิภาคเอเชียตะวันออกเฉียงใต้ ต่างก็มีการพัฒนาฝีมืออย่างต่อเนื่อง อาทิเช่น
ปานพรรณ ยอดมณี ศิลปินชาวไทย ที่ปัจจุบันผลงานเกี่ยวกับสภาวะโลกร้อนของเธอได้รับเลือกให้จัดแสดงที่พิพิธภัณฑ์ Yuz กรุงเซี่ยงไฮ้ ประเทศจีน หรือ Gan Tee Sheng ศิลปินชาวมาเลเซียผู้สร้างชื่อเสียงจากการพรรณนาถึงความปรารถนาและจิตใต้สำนึกของมนุษย์ผ่านภาพวาด และ Antonius Subiyanto ศิลปินจากอินโดนีเซีย ผู้ได้รับรางวัลชนะเลิศระดับภูมิภาค UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year ปี 2557 ซึ่งได้เดินทางไปจัดแสดงผลงานของเขาในหลายเมืองทั่วประเทศอินโดนีเซีย

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Located at the lobby of UOB Plaza 1, the UOB Art Gallery provides a creative respite amid the hustle and bustle of Singapore’s Central Business District.

It is a place where members of the public can gather to appreciate works in the UOB Art Collection. From time to time, the gallery also features winning entries from the UOB Painting of the Year competition and solo exhibitions by the competition’s alumni artists.

We hope you take the time to visit the UOB Art Gallery and enjoy the artworks on display there.

The UOB Art Gallery can be found at UOB Plaza 1, 80 Raffles Place, Singapore 048624


What’s on showcase now?

What Dreams Are Made Of – Solo Exhibition by Sunny Chyun
Winner, 2017 UOB Painting of the Year (Singapore), Established Artist Category

Exhibition date: Thursday, 20 September 2018 – Sunday, 4 November 2018
Exhibition venue: UOB Art Gallery, 80 Raffles Place, UOB Plaza 1, Ground Floor

About the Exhibition:

Precious gems, eggs, and spider webs – these are some of the recurring images that often appear in Sunny Chyun’s dreams, expressed through her artworks in her first solo exhibition with UOB, What Dreams Are Made Of.

The winner of the 2017 UOB Painting of the Year (Singapore) in the Established Artist Category, Sunny examines and celebrates items such as organic cells, spider webs and fireworks through her art by creating intricate patterns that encourage various perspectives – the results are an expression of her emotional experience and the elaborate mapping of her creative process.

Each of the objects featured in Sunny’s works references mental states and life events: the organic cells are presented as symbols of birth and genetic transformation; the fireworks are manifestations of gratitude and victory, and the spider webs are the complex representation of domestic labour.

Sunny uses materials such as gilded thread and sequins in her works not just for their visual appeal, but also to create conversations when they are layered and blended with other types of media such as paint and canvas. Images blend and repeat with variations in colour, shape and material, reflecting the multiple perceptions and interpretations that occupy the artist’s mind. The use of luminescent colours and glow-in-the-dark threads draw the viewer closer to the artworks to reveal the layers of deep, saturated colours.

What Dreams Are Made Of is the outcome of many endless nights and countless experimentation of ideas. Sunny, whose works are often double-sided and seemingly abstract yet figurative in style, invites the viewer to think differently on the things that seem familiar.

UOB Art Gallery
What Dreams Are Made Of – September 2018 Exhibition

Artworks for sale and on exhibition:

Golden Age
Golden Age
Acrylic, marker pen, glow-in-the-dark thread and embroidery on silkscreened linen
130 x 110 cm

Golden Age is both a celebration and a reminder of a period at its peak. The gilded colours and multi-colour explosions on the canvas invite us to remember the exhilaration of festivals, holidays and victories of the past.

Contrasting with these bright colours is a muted sheen over the artwork, and while it initially appears to dull the colours’ vibrancy, it does not completely succeed as we see the use of glow-in-the-dark threads pulling through to the surface. The artwork’s refusal to be quietened down reminds us that time is needed to pause and keep sight of what might not be as readily apparent to us after the initial excitement of euphoria has subsided.

Underneath the Leaves
Underneath the Leaves
Acrylic, oil, archival ink and marker pen on perforated canvas
103 x 103 cm

Underneath The Leaves was inspired by the same-titled song in John Vanderslice’s 2002 album, “Life and Death of an American Fourtracker”. The song speaks of exhilaration and release, expressed through an image of the singer falling to the ground like the autumn leaves, praising the sun and grateful to have found what he was looking for there and more.

The artist tries to capture such a sensation in this work, evoking the season of Fall with the colours of turned foliage. Etchings of spider webs can be seen faintly, a recurrent motif in the artist’s work. However, the webs are almost colourless here against a saturated orange background, hinting at the opportunity of discovering something different and new amongst the fallen decay, signifying the return of a new beginning.

The Day We Felt the Distance
The Day We Felt The Distance
Acrylic, marker pen, digital print and embroidery on linen
170 x 160 cm

The Day We Felt the Distance was inspired by South Korean singer and actor Kyuhyun’s 2002 single of the same name.

The song, a ballad featuring vocals, piano and strings with Bach’s “Air on a G String” as an introduction, is a lament over lost love. While this work features the artist’s signature spider web motif, the web depicted here is not in chromatic harmony with the rest of the artwork and is barely discernible. The intention here is to express the pain and confusion experienced when one loses an emotional connection.

Exhilaration
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Exhilaration

Acrylic, digital print, fabric paint, marker pen and embroidery on linen
173 x 149cm

Exhilaration features exuberant bursts of fireworks filling up the surface of the artwork.

Fireworks mean many things to the artist, such as celebrations of social prosperity, political independence and neural pathways at work, while exhilaration is a feeling and an affective state that often accompanies all of the above scenarios.

However, this is only one facet of the above activities. What about its after-effects, when the excitement has died down? This question is countered by the second side of this linen canvas, into which the fireworks have bled to form a less pretty, more ambiguous rendering of these sensations.

Creativity Clusters
Creativity Clusters
Oil paint, corset boning, beading and embroidery on canvas
95 x 86 x 7 cm

Creativity Clusters encourages us to recognise the intangible benefits of artistic endeavours, seen through the physical form of the artwork.

The clusters of circular shapes here are formed not only by material and colour which are perceivable with our eyes, but also with what is not perceivable, such as the invisible air that gives them shape and contour. What we see as gaps, perforations and holes in the work are not negative spaces or negativities, but actual positive, enlightening presences that are formed by our recognition of them as such.

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Zero Some Gain
Acrylic, digital print, marker pen and machine embroidery on linen
130 x 120cm

Zero Some Gain is the artist’s attempt to play a pun on the economic concept of zero-sum game when she produced the artwork while following the market’s volatility. The image depicted here connotes a graph, tracking the rise and fall of the stock market, with the green and red markings at the bottom rising and falling in frenzy as fireworks burst in the background.

While the concept of zero-sum game represents a situation in which a person’s gain or loss is exactly balanced out by the losses or gains of another, Zero Some Gain indicates the artist’s view that what we might first think of as null, void or zero, in fact does moves us forward, perhaps in a different form. The result is then some gain on a zero-sum situation

Lighting Up the World (With Your Shine)
Lighting Up the World (With Your Shine)
Acrylic, crystals, sequins, beading and embroidery on silkscreened linen scarf
158 x 57cm

Lighting the World With Your Shine, produced during the North Korean Summit, is the artist’s attempt to come to terms with promises and hopes that do not quite materialise.

Although the bold strike of lightning bolt running down the work does illuminate clearly the precious, almost constellation-like spider webs here, such enlightenment is fleeting in an otherwise enshrouded world. The beautiful colours and balance in the webs, however, are indications of their integrity, suggesting the possibility of future resolution and an anticipation of a more permanent shine and ray of hope to come through.

Where The Cloud Follows
Where the Cloud Follows
Acrylic, glow in the dark paint, crystal embellishments and embroidery on silkscreened voile curtain
200 x 106 cm

Where the Cloud Follows portrays the ways in which dreams continue to take form the longer we remain in them. As the second part of Where the Cloud Floats, this work features heavier use of colour and a more clearly rectangular form to indicate the clarity that results from maintained focus. Yet, as the title of the work and the allusive quality of the images embroidered on the silk suggest, the artist views the evolution of dreams as a never-ending process.

Shot In the Dark
Shot in the Dark
Acrylic, marker pen, digital print and embroidery on perforated canvas
187 x 150 cm

Shot in the Dark illustrates the pain and shock felt when we encounter sudden misfortunes.

The saturated sanguine pigment (mixed acrylic and ink) and holes that we see literally punctured through the canvas recall the violence and wounds we are sometimes forced to endure, often hitting us so deeply as to threaten the integrity of the protective communities from which we draw strength from, represented here by the spider webs.

Yet the eventual transformation of the blood-red pigment to lavender orchid along the margins of the perforated canvas hints at the artist’s belief that hope always lies at the other end of adversity.

Vladimir's Blues (The Day We Felt the Distance Too)
Vladimir’s Blues (The Day We Felt The Distance Too)
Acrylic, fabric paint, marker pen, archival ink, digital print and embroidery on linen
190 x 145 cm

Vladimir’s Blues (The Day We Felt The Distance Too) was inspired by Max Richter’s 2004 album “The Blue Notebooks”.

This work, in comparison to the artist’s other work, The Day We Felt the Distance, tracks a different side of one’s emotional experience – one of alienation and compromise.

Although sadness pervades this work, it is grief of a different sort. The seemingly confused colours across the canvas representing feelings of sorrow have come together and resolved itself into various shades of blue. With that, clarity begins to return, suggesting that despite experiencing the raw emotions of isolation, in time, we are able to objectify our pain, represented here by the resolution of an array of colours into blue, a colour typically associated with melancholy.

Lucid Dreaming
Lucid Dreaming
Acrylic, digital print, fabric dye and embroidery on linen
81 x 103cm

Lucid Dreaming takes its title from the act of dreaming a dream in which the dreamer is aware that he or she is dreaming.

Here, having lucid dreams is not only the artist’s nocturnal experiences in which clarity and truth are brought up to her mind like crystal clear gemstones, but they are also dreams that she has in order to understand herself and her world, expressed through her creativity.

The artist hopes that her art will act as light passing through precious stones of various hues, allowing people to see things from different angles and through different lenses, always in motion.

EggCellent
EggCellent
Acrylic, digital print, fabric dye, beading and embroidery on linen
77 x 98 cm

EggCellent is a reflection on the porosity of the subject featured. The work depicts a constellation of eggs of varying shapes, existing next to, above, and between one another, with shiny beads and stones scattered across.

The eggs represent not just the act of reproduction in which one being is begotten from another, but the emotional experiences that bond us and enmesh us such that the boundaries between self and other are unclear and shifting.

Think When It Gets Mystical
Think When It Gets Mystical
Acrylic, marker pen, glow-in-the-dark thread and embroidery on silkscreened canvas
105 x 130 cm

Think When it Gets Mystical gives us a window into the world of the complexities of a web in which a predator lures its prey. Here, the iridescence of the web’s silk explodes into jewel tones that reflect the multitude of thoughts that go through the artist’s mind as she brainstorms during her creative process.

This work is therefore not just a window into an imaginary world of webs and traps, but a way of getting caught in the artist’s vision that she has set for us. Be it mystical or mythical, this vision is an elaborate masquerade that asks the viewer to question if thought processes proceed in a straight, linear line or spin about in a multifaceted manner.

Lotus Be Free
Lotus Be Free
Oil, corset boning, wires, beading and embroidery on canvas
90 x 86 x 5 cm

Lotus Be Free carries on the eastern mystical themes that the artist had previously explored in her earlier works, creating a whirl of forms that could seem botanical or astral in its representation.

Here, the composition is based on the motif of a lotus, which, like a mandala (a circular form representing the universe in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism), has many symbolic meanings in its imagery. The artist relates the understanding of this work to be like a person on the journey to enlightenment. At each stage of the mystical journey, the traveller is asked to relinquish what he or she valued most in the previous stage, setting free what was once loved and treasured.

Where the Cloud Floats
Where the Cloud Floats
Acrylic, fabric dye, crystal embellishments, glow-in-the dark paint and embroidery on silkscreened voile curtain
230 x 200 cm

Where the Cloud Floats creates a space for contemplation. Designed to hang from above, this work manifests the thoughts that hover over us while we dream. It transforms the notion of mental preoccupations as weighty burdens to one of luminous, welcoming presence.

The work blends the amorphousness clouds, embroidered in pastels, with the precision of crystal spider webs and their dutiful spinners, thus joining the earth with the sky to mirror the duality of our thoughts as ethereal concepts resulting from complex biological processes.

About The Artist

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Sunny Chyun (b. 1979) is a multimedia artist who received her Master of Fine Art from the Korean National University of Arts. Sunny’s art practice is in the tradition of Abstract Expressionism as she explores the tactile quality of materials to evoke emotions and challenge conventional approaches to art-making. Sunny has exhibited in Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States of America, and her works have been collected and commissioned by institutions, foundations and corporations.

Email: sunnychyun@gmail.com
Website: www.sunnychyun.com

2018 UOB Painting of the Year Award Winners

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    UOB Painting of the Year
    Established Artist Category
    Singapore

    Rites of Passage
    Khairulddin Bin Abdul Wahab

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    Gold
    Established Artist Category
    Singapore

    Slash
    Joanne Pang Rui Yun

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    Silver
    Established Artist Category
    Singapore

    Ingrain 2.0
    Ho Seok Kee

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    Bronze
    Established Artist Category
    Singapore

    Into the Ether
    Valerie Ng Lay Peng

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    Highly Commended
    Established Artist Category
    Singapore

    Migration
    Loh Fah Rong, Esmond

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    Highly Commended
    Established Artist Category
    Singapore

    Presence/Absence
    Wyn-Lyn Tan

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    Highly Commended
    Established Artist Category
    Singapore

    The River
    Loong, Ben

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    Most Promising Artist of the Year
    Emerging Artist Category
    Singapore

    Encapsulated Time
    Hu Jingxuan

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    Gold
    Emerging Artist Category
    Singapore

    Film
    Velda Phua Zi-Yan

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    Silver
    Emerging Artist Category
    Singapore

    Untitled (Kings Blue Light, Cadmium Yellow, Naples Yellow Red, Cadmium Red)
    Teo Si Ru, Jamie

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    Bronze
    Emerging Artist Category
    Singapore

    Unexpected Results
    Keane Tan Jin Howe

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    Highly Commended
    Emerging Artist Category
    Singapore

    Spaces
    Ng Hoi Weng, Jonathan

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    Highly Commended
    Emerging Artist Category
    Singapore

    Unlabelled
    Chen Junyu, Ryan

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    Highly Commended
    Emerging Artist Category
    Singapore

    Whispers
    Ava Kong Jia Ying

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    UOB Southeast Asia Painting of the Year
    UOB Painting of the Year
    Established Artist Category
    Indonesia

    Angs’t (ANGST)
    Suvi Wahyudianto

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    Gold
    Established Artist Category
    Indonesia

    Universe Under Our Skin
    Ajeng Martia Saputri

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    Silver
    Established Artist Category
    Indonesia

    Urban Solitary
    Hudi Alfa

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    Bronze
    Established Artist Category
    Indonesia

    Yang Ibu Ajarkan (What Mother Taught)
    Lenny Ratnasari Weichert

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    Most Promising Artist of the Year
    Emerging Artist Category
    Indonesia

    Introspeksi Diri (Self Introspection)
    Seno Wahyu Sampurno

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    Gold
    Emerging Artist Category
    Indonesia

    Shocking Beauty is Goat #2
    Danni Febriana

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    Silver
    Emerging Artist Category
    Indonesia

    Camouflage “Flackterns”
    Anissa Dermawan Kunaefi

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    Bronze
    Emerging Artist Category
    Indonesia

    Dongeng Tanah Surga (Heaven’s Fairy Tale)
    Alif Edi Irmawan

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    UOB Painting of the Year
    Established Artist Category
    Malaysia

    Through the Eye of the Flower
    Cheong Kiet Cheng

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    Gold
    Established Artist Category
    Malaysia

    Unveil
    Ruzzeki Bin Harris

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    Silver
    Established Artist Category
    Malaysia

    Imagined Home(land) IV
    Phuan Thai Meng

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    Bronze
    Established Artist Category
    Malaysia

    Wudhu/Ablution
    Hamidi Bin Abdul Hadi

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    Highly Commended
    Established Artist Category
    Malaysia

    3 Kawan (3 Friends)
    Husin Bin Othman

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    Most Promising Artist of the Year
    Emerging Artist Category
    Malaysia

    The Double Portrait
    Koh Kai Ting

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    Gold
    Emerging Artist Category
    Malaysia

    Yu-Lan Expression I & II
    Chai Chang Fung

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    Silver
    Emerging Artist Category
    Malaysia

    Red of Desire (I am Siti)
    Nurhidayat Bin Arshad

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    UOB Painting of the Year
    Established Artist Category
    Thailand

    Persistent Problems
    Apiwat Banler

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    Gold
    Established Artist Category
    Thailand

    Impudent Thais
    Ananyot Jannual

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    Silver
    Established Artist Category
    Thailand

    Impermanence of Life 1
    Jongjit Moolmat

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    Bronze
    Established Artist Category
    Thailand

    Contemplation 2
    Niroj Jarungjitvittawat

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    Most Promising Artist of the Year
    Emerging Artist Category
    Thailand

    Rhythm of Transformation No. 4
    Chaichana Luetrakun

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    Gold
    Emerging Artist Category
    Thailand

    Passages of Time
    Muhammadtoha Hayiyusoh

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    Silver
    Emerging Artist Category
    Thailand

    Wisdom 02/07/18 Thailand
    Thawul Praman

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    Bronze
    Emerging Artist Category
    Thailand

    Memories of Memories No. 5
    Wachiravit Samart

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