UOB Art Gallery

UOB Art Gallery

UOB Art Gallery

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?

Of Craft and Carving – Solo Exhibition by Satoshi Kobayashi
Bronze winner at the 2016 UOB Painting of the Year (Singapore) competition
Established Artist Category

Exhibition date: Friday, 3 August 2018 – Monday, 17 September 2018
Exhibition venue: UOB Art Gallery, 80 Raffles Place, UOB Plaza 1, Ground Floor

About the Exhibition:
Art making is an act of love and labour for Mr Kobayashi Satoshi, the Bronze winner at the 2016 UOB Painting of the Year (Singapore) competition, Established Artist Category.

Having discovered and experimented with wood carving, also known as Ukiyo-e, while studying traditional Japanese painting at the Tokyo Art University in Japan, Mr Kobayashi found that wood relief techniques accentuate the expressions and details of subjects more clearly compared to the two-dimensional quality of traditional paintings and images.

Ukiyo-e, a traditional art form developed in Japan since the 17th century, features strongly in Mr Kobayashi’s series of works to express his concepts and debates about the impact of humans and their modern lifestyles on primitive labour for traditional farming. Here, Mr Kobayashi focuses on carving the anatomies of the human bodies as if they were a part of nature. Upon closer scrutiny, his works reveals the symbiotic relationship between human and nature. Both are inherently and intrinsically linked, for humans rely on nature for sustenance, and nature, too, requires the labour of humans to irrigate, sow and harvest the lands.

UOB Art Gallery
Of Craft and Carving – August 2018 Exhibition

1
Sower II
Low relief on wooden board, watercolour and oil-based ink
180 x 120 cm

The Sower 1
Sower I
Low relief on wooden board, watercolour and oil-based ink
85 x 60.5 cm

3
Selfie (Nature’s Gift)
Low relief on wooden board, watercolour and oil-based ink
180 x 120 cm

4
Full Moon
Low relief on wooden board, watercolour and oil-based ink
91 x 116 cm

5
The Good Life
Low relief on wooden board, watercolour and oil-based ink
91 x 91 cm

6
Allegory of Cave
Low relief on wooden board, watercolour and oil-based ink
91 x 91 cm

7
Spirals of Life
Low relief on wooden board, watercolour and oil-based ink
116 x 116 cm

8
Crop
Low relief on wooden board, watercolour and oil-based ink
160 x 122 cm

9
Man of Nature
Low relief on wooden board, watercolour and oil-based ink
142 x 112 cm

10
The Sun
Low relief on wooden board, watercolour and oil-based ink
50 x 50 cm

11
Reason
Low relief on wooden board, watercolour and oil-based ink
33 x 26 cm

13
Man of Forest
Low relief on wooden board, watercolour and oil-based ink
100 x 220 cm

14
Raccoon
Low relief on wooden board, watercolour and oil-based ink
60 x 120cm

About the artist
Kobayashi Satoshi

Mr Kobayashi Satoshi (b. 1981) is the Bronze Award winner at the 2016 UOB Painting of the Year (Singapore) competition, Established Artist Category. He received his Master’s Degree in Traditional Japanese Painting at the Tokyo Art University in 2007. He has participated in various art exhibitions in Japan and was a finalist at the Ueno Royal Museum Award. He currently teaches Fine Art at the Japanese Secondary School in Singapore.

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