Tay Bak Chiang

National Arts Council Press Release for the 2002 Young Artist Awards

Tay Bak Chiang graduated with a Diploma in Fine Art from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1995. He then pursued further training in portraiture at the China Academy of Fine Art in Hangzhou, China.

Tay’s work has been recognized as a fresh and innovative fusion of traditional medium with new forms. Working essentially with the Chinese ink and colour, the evolution of his unique creative style is built upon his sound artistic foundation and his openness to new ideas. His direction towards developing contemporary aesthetics has been welcomed by the arts community and his talent is recognized through the many awards he has received. In 1994, Tay won the first prize at the Creation of Art Through Inspiration Competition organized by the Singapore Mint. This was followed by the 16th Shell Discovery Art Award in 1995. In 1999, Tay was presented the Distinction in the Chinese Painting category at Dr Tan Tze Chor Art Awards. In the same year his piece “Awaiting”, depicting a grandstand crowd at the races, won the first prize in the representational art category in the Singapore Turf Club art Competition. In 2000, his artwork “Emotions by the Quay” claimed the first prize in the Traditional Chinese Medium Category at the 19th UOB Painting of the Year Competition.

Since 1995, Tay’s work has been selected for showing at the Siaw-Tao Chinese Seal-carving Calligraphy and Painting Society Exhibitions. These exhibitions, since his first at the China Academy of Fine Arts (Swatow Branch) have been a source of encouragement and feedback for his work and continue to influence his growth as an artist. Aside from numerous group exhibitions in Singapore, Tay was also featured prominently in Nokia Singapore Art in 1999 and 2001. Tay is a member of the NAFA Alumni Association, the Singapore Art Society and the Siaw-Tao Chinese Seal Carving, Calligraphy and Painting Society.


More & Less :
Art Show to Raise Funds for NAFA's New Campus
Sculpture Square, 11 - 18 Jan 2003

The Auction of Prominent Artists' Creations
The biggest highlight of this event is inside the Chapel Gallery at Sculpture Square, where a stage will be set to auction off salmon creations by prominent Singapore artists.

Artworks by pioneer artist Liu Kang, along with those by veteran artists Choo Keng Kwang and Iskandar Jalil, will be on display individually in a specially-designed acrylic case. So will creations by second-generation artists and Cultural Medallion awardees like Wee Beng Chong and Tan Swie Hian, as well as their contemporaries such as Chieu Shuey Fook, Choy Weng Yang, Tan Tee Chie and Foo Chee San. Third-generation artists and Cultural Medallion recipients like Anthony Poon and Tan Kian Por will likewise exhibit their heartfelt creations. The works of Young Artists like Baet Yeok Kuan, Lim Poh Teck and Tay Bak Chiang represent more of the younger third-generation artists' involvements in this occasion.



Press Release:  

Nuances – Ink Festival by Plum Blossoms Gallery, Singapore

墨境的微异– 新加坡万玉堂水墨季 

Nuances – Ink Festival by Plum Blossoms Gallery will be presenting three young contemporary ink painters: Quek Kiat Sing, CN Liew and Tay Bak Chiang. 

The Gallery is proud to showcase this interesting selection of ink works that seeks to create a buzzing discourse on the relevance of traditional ink medium in Singapore�s contemporary settings.  Each artist shall demonstrate the nuances of ink languages and meanings through their most recent creations. Their varied derivations promise to be a visual feast for ink lovers! 

In the exhibition Shift by Quek Kiat Sing, we can see that by “Focusing on the theme of ju (gathering) complementing san (separation/dispersion), Kiat Sing contemplates the binary reality of nature and human experience through brushstrokes in juxtapositions that suggest either harmony or tension in constant flux.  

The theme is reaffirmed in most other pieces particularly those in the Shift and Waiting series, which represent the artist�s new venture into the stringent schema of hanging scrolls in a couplet format.�1 

And in CN Liew's exhibition of Emptiness, Birth of Forms we bear witness to the realization of his spiritual pursuit with ink. His poems lead us into the rhythm of his paintings. 





                           Emptiness fuses with Form on the palette,

                           For Form exists without manifestation.

                           When realization and meditation are by art attained,

                           Revelation may arise beneath the strong diligent strokes!2 

In Tay Bak Chiang's Fa Zi Hua Sheng, a term coined by Shi Tao, we can see that he uses the essence by the fore-runner. He says that this term has been a �guiding principle in my practice, which encourages me to experiment and follow my intuition in the creative process. Through practice that assimilates my understanding of and feelings about the world around me, I seek to acquire modes that are most appropriate for myself, and not to be constrained by established methods.”3 

Plum Blossoms invites all to view Nuances, an Ink Festival that seeks to be an endless dialogue with contemporary tonalities! 







Exhibition Period


Quek Kiat Sing




03.10.03, Fri, 7pm 04.10.03 - 12.10.03
C. N. Liew


Emptiness, Birth of Forms


17.10.03, Fri, 7pm 18.10.03–26.10.03
Tay Bak Chiang


Fa Zi Hua Sheng


31.10.03, Fri, 7pm 30.10.03–09.11.03


Plum Blossoms (Singapore) Pte Ltd

#02-37 Raffles Hotel Arcade 328 North Bridge Road Singapore 188719

Tel: (65) 6334 1198, Fax: (65) 6334 0445

11am to 8pm, Close on Mon