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.
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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.
Nuances – Ink Festival by Plum Blossoms Gallery, Singapore
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！
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
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
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
Blossoms invites all to view Nuances, an Ink Festival that seeks to be an
endless dialogue with contemporary tonalities!
|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