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Sunday, May 29, 2005

Artist Thomas Yeo donates six prized works worth over $70,000 to NAFA

Artist and Cultural Medallion recipient, Thomas Yeo will be donating six masterpieces to the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts’ (NAFA) permanent art collection. Valued at a total of $70,000, the works are representative of Thomas Yeo’s artistic development from the early-1960s to today.

Three of the donated works will be displayed alongside 72 pieces of abstract artwork in various media at the artist’s upcoming solo exhibition, Thomas Yeo – Contrasting Images, from 28 May – 18 June 2005 at NAFA Galleries 1 and 2.

Born in Singapore in 1936, Thomas Yeo was schooled at NAFA between 1958 and 1960. He subsequently furthered his artistic pursuits in London at the Chelsea School of Art
and the Hammersmith College of Art & Architecture. In 1984, for his valuable contributions to art and culture in Singapore, Thomas Yeo was conferred the republic’s highest honour in that arena, the Cultural Medallion.

Over the past four decades, Thomas Yeo has established himself as an Asian artist whose works continue to renew with change. “In an age when the generation of creators and innovators are turning to new media and technology as a means to artistic expression, Thomas Yeo’s work is unique and exemplary,” said Ms Bridget Tracy Tan, Director (Gallery & Theatre) of NAFA and curator of the exhibition.

Contrasting Images traces the development and change of the artist’s work in the last nine years. The works are presented under three categories: abstracts, landscapes,
and a series of “heads and faces”. This exhibition records a journey of frustration and pleasant surprises in a contemporary language.

On NAFA being the co-organiser of this exhibition, Mr Choo Thiam Siew, President of NAFA, remarked: “A NAFA alumnus, Thomas Yeo is one of Singapore’s most prominent second-generation artists. I am heartened to learn that, despite his many commitments, Thomas still makes a conscious effort to contribute to the development of his alma mater. We are indeed honoured to receive the six works that he has generously contributed to our permanent collection."

Thomas Yeo – Contrasting Images will be officially opened by NAFA Council Chairman, Professor Cham Tao Soon on Saturday, 28 May 2005 at 6pm at the exhibition venue.

Event Details
Exhibition Dates : 29 May - 18 June 2005
(Closed on Sundays, except 29 May)
Exhibition Hours : 10.30am - 7pm
Venue : NAFA Galleries 1 & 2
80 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189655
Admission : FREE
Enquiry Tel : 6512 4043