The Call of the Mind

My artworks are among the many modes through which I commit “The Call of the Mind” bringing my thoughts and ideas, presented to human cultural sensibility. Characterised by finesse and sense of humour, my creations encourage viewers to evaluate the hidden meanings of each work, behind their seemingly simple yet candid compositions. Always ‘strong in colour’, the nature of my artwork is openly apparent, and I skilfully composed this mode of expression to create engaging conversation with my viewers.

Profile

I am the 3rd generation Singapore’s Artist. I am known as the Social Commentary artist. I am the Founder of Freedom & Love International Art Group, Founding Members of TUJU Art Group, Executive Member of Singapore Modern Art Society, Head of Imago Mundi Singapore and Senior Member of Singapore Malay Artists of Various Resources (APAD).

I create each artwork as an avenue to share and challenge the viewer’s natural and ideological perceptions of this fast shaping world. Driven by my sharp observation and conceptual visual expression, my aesthetic variations transform common idea with a fundamental concern towards society, the environment and humanities.

I enjoy working with acrylic on canvas for obvious reason; acrylic dried fast hence I able to apply more layer of colours on my canvas, producing variation of texture, bold effect and strong lines. Acrylic which is a water-base medium is also much cleaner and able to withstand against tropical heat. I love travelling, sketching, reading and writing hence those good habits influence most of my works. I have travelled and exhibited in many parts of the world, namely; Singapore, China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Dubai, Iran, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macau, Netherlands, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Turkey, Italy and recently Tunisia.

Narrative

I love to explore the richness, joyous and harmonious of colours. I pick human, nature and objects around me as my subject matter that gives freshness and spontaneity to life. I portray colourful perspective to my paintings by applying the vibrant colours, the creative styling, the strong drawing skill with intellectual inclinations yet comical in composition.

My art works are well received by the art community, collectors, museums and was awarded with prestigious accolades. My artworks have been auctioned by Christie Auction House, Singapore President Charity, Picenum Casa D’Aste & Galleria D’Arte (Italy) and are well collected by various Museums, Banks, Hotels, Professionals Collectors, Government Agencies and Private Collectors local and overseas.

Biodata/Profile

QUALIFICATIONS

– Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore – 1989

AWARDS

– First Prize National Mural Painting Art Competition 1989
– Potential Award, Dr Martin Art on Shoe, Art Competition 1993
– Juror’s Choice, 5th Prize Philippe Morris Art Award (Singapore) 1994
– Honourable Mention Philippe Morris Art Award, Singapore 1996
– First Prize North Point Shopping Centre, Art Competition 1994
– Distinction Award Philippe Charriol Art Competition 1993/94 (Painting)
– Distinction Award Philippe Charriol Art Competition 1994/95 (Painting)
– Distinction Award Philippe Charriol Art Competition 1994/95 (Sculpture)
– Grand Prize, Most Promising Artist Award Philippe Charriol Art Competition 1994/95
– Top Prize Build A Thon – Design for Community, 2014
– Gold Award (Singapore) UOB Painting of the Year (Established Artist) 2017
– Best Artwork APAD 47th Contemporary 2017 Annual art Exhibition

DESIGNATION

– Executive Member of Modern Arts Society Singapore
– Founder TUJU Art Group (TAG) Singapore
– Member of APAD (Malay Art Society)
– Leader for Singapore Imago Mundi (Benetton Foundation, Italy)

EXHIBITIONS

1992
– Islamic Contemporary Works of Art at Royal Holiday Inn Singapore
– Art 30 Group Exhibition at Substation Singapore

1993
– Singapore Artist Directory Art Exhibition, Empress Place Singapore
– Johore New City Art Exhibition, Jubilee Intan Johore Malaysia
– 6 Artists Art Exhibition, Sentosa Singapore
– Nine Singapore Artists Art Show, Netherland Europe
– Group Exhibition, Shah Alam Gallery Selangor Malaysia
– ASEAN Travelling Art Show, Six ASEAN Countries
– Doc Martin Art Show, Shaw Centre Singapore

1994
– Philippe Charriol Travelling Art Exhibition, Singapore
– Shell Discovery Art Exhibition, Shell Tower Singapore
– ASIA’S Excellence Art Exhibition, Changi Airport Singapore
– Malacca 600 years Art Exhibition, Malacca Art Museum
– Swatch Emotion Art Exhibition, Raffles City Singapore
– Philippe Morris Art Exhibition, Takashimaya Gallery Singapore
– Tresor’s Art Exhibition, World Trade Centre Singapore

1995
– Malay Artist’s Art Exhibition, Petronas Gallery Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
– Colour Culture Connection International Art Exhibition, Takashimaya Gallery Singapore
– APAD Group Art Exhibition, Atrium Gallery Singapore
– Solo Exhibition by Philippe Charriol Foundation at Sheraton Towers, Singapore
– Philippe Morris Art Exhibition, Takashimaya Gallery Singapore

1996
– Figure’ Group Exhibition, LaSalle, Earl Lu Gallery Singapore
– Singapore Defence Art Exhibition, CHIJMES Gallery Singapore
– ‘Culture Colour Connection’ Fresh 5 International Art exhibition, Substation, Spore

1997
– Singapore Art Exhibition, Suntec City, Singapore
– Art for Charity, Clarke Quay River Heritage, Singapore
– Art Power Exhibition for Substation Fund-Raising Drive

1998
– President Charity Art Exhibition, Tourism Building, Singapore
– Culture Colour Connection Group Exhibition, Fremantle Museum, Perth, Australia

1999
– 14th AIAE (Asia International Art Exhibition), Fukuoka, Japan
– Singapore Modern Art Society Group Exhibition, Sichuan China
– Solo Art Exhibition with Utterly Art Gallery, Singapore

2000
– Just for Five, Group Show, Raffles Hotel, Singapore
– Singapore Modern Art Society Group Show, Raffles Hotel, Singapore
– 15th AIAE (Asia International Art Exhibition), Taiwan

2001
– Modern Art Society Group Exhibition, MITA, Singapore
– 16th AIAE Asia International Art Exhibition, Guangdong Museum, Guangzhou, China

2002
– 17th AIAE (Asia International Art Exhibition), Daejeon Municipal Museum, Korea

2003
– Singapore Racial Harmony Art Exhibition, Singapore
– Modern Art Society Group Exhibition, MITA, Singapore
– 17th AIAE (Asia International Art Exhibition), Hong Kong Heritage Museum, HK

2004
– 19th AIAE (Asia International Art Exhibition), Fukuoka, Japan
– APAD Group Art Exhibition, Singapore
– 17th AIAE (Asia International Art Exhibition), Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan

2005
– Istana Kg Glam Taman Warisan, Group Exhibition, Singapore
– 20th AIAE (Asia International Art Exhibition), Ayala Museum, Makati, Philippines
– APAD Group Art Exhibition, Singapore
– Art Exhibition for School for the Deaf at Bang Gallery, Singapore

2006
– 21st AIAE (Asia International Art Exhibition), Spore Art Museum, Singapore
– TUJU ‘Seven Pendekar’ Art Exhibition, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai
– 4th Biennial Islamic Contemporary Art, SABA Art Academy, Tehran, Iran

2007
– 22nd AIAE ( Asian International Art Exhibition), Sunaryo Art Space, Indonesia
– TUJU Art exhibition & batik workshop at the Esplanade, Singapore
– APAD ‘Kampong Art Exhibition’ at Malay Heritage, Singapore
– TUJU Art Exhibition at Singapore Expo
– Art workshop with the Esplanade, Singapore

2008
– 23rd AIAE (Asian International Art Exhibition), University of City Art Museum, China
– APAD Art Exhibition, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
– Art workshop with the Esplanade, Singapore

2009
– Art workshop with the Esplanade, Singapore
– Heritage Art Exhibition at IMM Singapore

2010
– On the spot painting + Musical showcase at Malay Heritage Centre Singapore
– Impression Art for ‘Jewel of Muscat’ at Malay Heritage Centre Singapore
– Painting on stage with Azpirasi Dance Group, performance at Yew Tee CC
– Modern Art Society Group Art Exhibition at MICA, Singapore
– Art workshop with the Esplanade, Singapore
– TUJU Group art exhibition at Forest Rain Gallery

2011
– TUJU Art Group, group show at 7 Adams Gallery, Singapore

2012
– 28th AIAE (Asian International Art Exhibition), Rachadamnern Bangkok, Thailand

2013
– APAD Group Art Exhibition at Substation, Singapore

2014
– Singapore Art week Art Exhibition at Aliwal Art Centre, Singapore
– 29th Asian International Art Exhibition at Kinmen Island, Taiwan
– APAD Contemporary Art Exhibition, National Library, Singapore
– Poetry in Art, Art exhibition, National Library, Singapore
– Poetry in Art, Art Exhibition, Asian Civilization Museum, Singapore

2015
– Singapore Art Week Art Exhibition at Fort Canning, Singapore
– TUJU Art Group Art Exhibition at Art Space Gallery, Singapore
– CHAIRITY Art Exhibition at Red Dot Museum, Singapore
– TUJU Celebrates SG50 In Jakarta, Indonesia
– TUJU Celebrates SG50 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
– TUJU Celebrates SG50 in Bali, Indonesia
– My Country Art Exhibition in Pesaro, Italy
– My Country Art Exhibition in Civitanova, Italy

2016
– CHAIRITY Art Auction by Christie Auction House to raise fund for Indonesia Cancer Society, Jakarta Indonesia
– APAD Contemporary Art Exhibition, Visual Art Centre, Singapore
– MASS Contemporary Art Show 2016 at ION Gallery, Singapore

2017
– 6 Artists Art Exhibition at Hotel NUVE Heritage, Singapore
– Singapore Art Federation Group Exhibition at China Cultural Centre, Singapore
– TUJU Art Group Art Exhibition, Hotel NUVE Heritage, Singapore
– Imago Mundi 3 Nations Show, Hotel NUVE Heritage, Singapore
– APAD Group Exhibition at ION Art Gallery, Singapore

2018
– Imago Mundi 3 Nations Show at HULO Gallery Hotel, KL Malaysia
– Art Stage Singapore, 25-29 Jan 2018
– Space 11 Cloud 9 Group Show at Hotel NUVE Heritage, Singapore
– A for A Charity Art Exhibition at Udipi 10 Ceylon Road, Singapore
– FREEDOM – Solo Exhibition at UOB Plaza 1, Singapore 14 March – 16 April 2018
– Imago Mundi 3 Nations Show, Jakarta Indonesia 3 – 18 April 2018
– 4 Men Show, Artists Impression on Chongqing China, 14 April – 3 May 2018
– Artline 3 Nations Art Exhibition in Yangon Myanmar, Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar 16 – 21 July 2018
– Peace & Freedom – Solo Exhibition at GOSHEN Gallery, Singapore 18 July – 30 Aug 2018
– Tunisia Art Festival & Exhibition 17- 29 July 2018
– Ekisehir Turkey Art Festival & Exhibition 7 – 14 Oct 2018
– Kusadasi & Izmir Turkey Art Festival & Exhibition 14-21 Oct 2018
– UOB Art Auction 2018

2019
– Freedom & Love 1st Edition Art Symposium & Exhibition, Magelang Indonesia
– Kusadasi, Pinebay Art Symposium & Exhibition, Turkey
– 17th Monastir Art Symposium & Exhibition, Tunisia
– Art Vogue D’Nation 6 Nations Art Exchange & Exhibition, Qingdao China
– Peace & Unity Thru Art in Japan Art Exchange & Exhibition, Osaka Japan
– Freedom & Love 2nd Edition, Art Symposium & Exhibition in Manila, Philippines
– Special display of “Lion City” Artwork as façade of UOB Building for Bicentennial & Singapore National Day
– Mural paintings & display of 24 huge artworks at Singapore Ang Mo Kio housing estate

COLLECTIONS

– Singapore Art Museum
– Westfries Museum, Netherlands
– Malacca Ministry of Culture
– Centrepoint Properties, Singapore
– PICO Art International
– Royal Palace of Brunei
– Ministry of Education – Singapore
– NTUC – Singapore
– Singapore Sports Council
– City Development Limited, Singapore
– Singapore Tourism Board
– Phillipe Charriol Singapore
– Singapore Changi Chapel Museum
– Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore
– Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore
– President Tony Tan, Istana Singapore
– President Halimah Yaacob, Istana Singapore
– Tourism Department, Government of Dubai
– Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai
– Ministry of Culture & Tourism of Malaysia
– High Commissioner of Malaysia
– City Development, Singapore
– Maurizi Group, Italy
– Imago Mundi of Benetton Foundation, Italy
– Hotel NUVE Heritage, Singapore
– UOB Bank Singapore
– Singapore Housing Development Board
– Singapore Ministry of Labour
– Monastir Museum of Art, Tunisia
– Izmir & Kusadasi Museum of Art, Turkey
– and other Private Collectors, Local and Overseas

ART WORKSHOPS

– Art workshop & Program with School for the Deaf (2004-2006)
– St Andrew Autistic School (2009-2010)
– Esplanade Art for Community Art Workshop (2007-2010)
– Art workshop with Mental Health Institution (2010)
– Art workshop with Boy’s Home (2010)
– Art workshop with Girl’s Home (2010)
– Art workshop with Senior Citizen of Jamiyah, Toa Payoh and Bedok (2009-2010)
– Art workshop with students of School for the Deaf (2005-2007)
– Art workshop with Singapore Pre-Schooler (2006)
– Art Jamming and workshop with corporate clients at Scoop of Art studio (2009-2011)
– Art workshop at Singapore Heritage Centre (2007)
– Mask Making workshop at the Esplanade, Singapore (2009)
– On- the spot art session with art enthusiast at Botanical Garden (2004-2009)
– On-the spot art session with APAD at Pulau Ubin (2006)
– Art workshops with Civitanova High School, Italy (2015)
– Art workshops with Civitanova Primary School, Italy (2015)
– Art workshop with Youth & Community Club, Italy (2015)
– Art workshop with mural painting with community of Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2015)
– Art workshop with special artists of Cahaya Mutiara Foundation Bali, Indonesia (2015)
– Art workshop with Single Parents via MENDAKI (2015)
– Art & Cultural workshop with community via MENDAKI (2016)
– Art Talk & Workshop with MOE, secondary schools (2017)
– Art Jamming and exhibition with Assumption Pathway School (2017)
– Art Jamming Community Engagement with Cairnhill Community Club (2017)
– Art Workshop at Eskisehir Turkey 2018
– Art Workshop at Kusadasi Turkey 2018
– Art Jamming & Community Engagement with Sembawang Town Council
– Art Jamming & Workshop with Cairnhill Community Club, Singapore
– Art Jamming for Ramli Sarip Rock Concert at Pungol CC with Passion Art
– Mural Painting for the entire Ang Mo Kio Housing Estate
– Mural Painting for SIDE Youth Centre, Antalya Turkey

COMMISSION WORKS

– Tanjong Katong Complex, Mural Painting (1987)
– Holland Road HDB, mural painting (1989)
– Tampines Education Centre, mural painting (1995)
– Changi Chapel Museum, mural painting (1997)
– Changi Chapel Museum, Wall Mural in Charcoal (1997)
– National University of Singapore Club House, Mural Painting (1998)
– Dempsey Hill, mural painting (2000)
– Private Residential 6m mural painting (2001)
– Holland Road Condominium Suite, mural painting (2002)
– Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, 3D Illusion floor painting (2005)
– Jewel of Muscat, Oman, painting (2010)
– The Academia Building, 9m painting for Singhealth Singapore (2015)
– SPF Novena Room, 3m painting (2016)
– Painting for Minister for Home Affairs, Singapore (2016)
– Painting for President of Singapore Mr Tony Tan
– Mural Paintings for Sembawang Town Council
– Mural Paintings for Ang Mo Kio Estate, Singapore

PUBLICATION/Media Coverage

– Modern Art Society Singapore 50th Anniversary
– APAD Art Exhibitions
– Culture Colour Connection
– TUJU Art Group Art Journey
– Straits Times Singapore (Singapore)
– Berita Harian
– The West Australian Papers
– The Straits Times (Malaysia)
– SHELL Singapore
– Singapore Arts Directory (The Green Book)
– Nanyang Siang Pau (Singapore)
– The Philippines Star
– The Go Magazine
– The Herald
– My Country, Art Book. Published in Civitanova, Italy

ART FORUM

– Petronas Malaysia 2000
– National University of Singapore 2007
– APAD & Singapore Art Museum dialogue, 2010
– Poh Chang Art Academy, Bangkok Thailand 2014
– Art Dialogue “My Country” in Civitanova, Italy 2015
– Ministry of Education, Art Session & Workshop 2008/2016/2017
– Art Dialogue and Live Demo for UOB Painting of the Year 16 May 2018
– Art Dialogue with student for UOB Painting of the Year 2019

ART MANAGEMENT

– Conduct art workshops for schools and student care center (2008 – 2010)
– Co-curated and co-organized International art exhibitions in Indonesia & Italy (2015)
– Co-organized & managed Imago Mundi (Italy) art exhibition & publication (2015)
– Founder and manage TUJU Art Group, Singapore (since 2005)
– Executive Council for Modern Art Society Singapore (MASS) (Since 1996)
– Manage NUVE Heritage Gallery (Since 2017)
– Manage Team Singapore and co curated Imago Mundi 3 Nations Travelling Show (2017)
– Founder and Main Organiser for Freedom & Love Art Symposium & Exhibition (Since 2019)