Mr Lim Quan Zhao took home his first art award, the UOB Most Promising Artist of the Year Award, in the 2013 UOB Painting of the Year competition.
Mr Lim, an eighteen-year-old student at Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) in Singapore, is currently pursuing an International Baccalaureate Diploma.
Despite his busy schedule, he took time out to share his aspirations as a young artist with the UOB Painting of the Year team.
A: Right now, I am still very uncertain about the future and how everything will turn out. Possibly, in ten years, I hope to be recognised as an established painter. I want to be capable of making significant contributions to the arts scene in Singapore
A: I am currently taking the International Baccalaureate course, with Visual Arts as one of my subjects. As such, my academic demands involve arts.
During my school holidays, I devote a large portion of my time to developing my art and enriching my knowledge in art theory.
A: There are many opportunities in Singapore for young artists to develop their creative talent. There are more schools and institutions now focusing on arts, such as the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts which provides courses on both Western and Eastern art. There are also prestigious competitions and scholarships that recognise young artists and offer them opportunities of further studies in both local and overseas institutions.
Singpore may not have a long art heritage but our pioneer artists have produced outstanding works that are both influential and culturally significant. I am inspired by our pioneer artists and would like to be able to carry on their legacy.
A: My recent works seek to capture the places and people of Singapore as well as moments that are timeless and significant to me as an individual in Singapore. They depict the daily lives and activities of the middle-class population. This is the community in which I belong and am most familiar with.
In my works, I strive to eliminate the distance between the viewers and the portrayed individuals. I want to tell the stories of the different individuals who make up our society. I believe everyone has a unique story, one which may inspire us if we look closely enough.
A: Winning the award has given me assurance as a young artist. It has given me confidence to develop my own unique identity as an artist. It has also motivated me to make more daring explorations of visual arts.
I am determined to further develop my skills and knowledge in art.