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Old Memories, New Impressions

Exhibiting Artists: Tan Ai Ngin

Venue: Utterly Art 229A South Bridge Road > venue details

Dates: 03 Jan 2008 - 13 Jan 2008

Tiong Bahru and Kampong Bahru are two of the oldest housing estates in Singapore where a congenial suburban atmosphere prevails. A familial liveliness reminiscent of a modern kampong persists in Kampong Bahru that the more gentrified Tiong Bahru may gradually be losing. Nevertheless neighbourly chatter, the hanging of laundry, and backyards stacked with old goods and potted plants are common features that give a nostalgic identity to both districts. It is their unique architecture and distinctive markers of place that Singaporean artist Tan Ai Ngin has been inspired to capture on canvas. Her plein-air method of impressionistic painting gives her the added advantage of immersing herself into the life of the neighbourhood, to encounter its vivid and earthy experiences. The subjects of her paintings may provide familiar memories to its residents, but to her they are fresh impressions, vital and alive.


  • Tan Ai Ngin


    Tan Ai Ngin (born 1972, Singapore) obtained her Diploma in Fine Arts at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1996 and her Bachelor of Arts in Chinese painting at the Nanjing Arts College, China in 1999. She went on to complete a one-year course in visual arts at the School of Fine and Performing Arts Constantijn Huygens, in Kampen, The Netherlands in 2001. She has been collected by the Frans Walkate Archief in The Netherlands and the Tokyo office of the Singapore Tourism Board.

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