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Backyards and Botanics

Exhibiting Artists: Tan Ai Ngin

Venue: Utterly Art 208 South Bridge > venue details

Dates: 19 Jan 2005 - 30 Jan 2005

By the blue purple yellow red water
On the green purple yellow red grass
Let us pass through our perfect park.
  - From Sunday in Sunday in the Park with George by Stephen Sondheim

A firm proponent of plein-air painting, artist Tan Ai Ngin takes to the Singaporean outdoors with gusto, quickly capturing her verdant vistas with dexterous economy. Like the Impressionists before her, Ai Ngin builds up her sceneries with short strokes of a mix of bright colours, giving us her impression of the subtly-changing heat, light, colour and shadows that play before her eyes. In the past three years of building this collection, Ai Ngin has gravitated naturally to the lush botanical environments of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the nurseries of Mandai Orchid Gardens and Orchidville, and the sunny backyards of her adopted home in Tiong Bahru. In Ai Ngin's hidden green oases, one discovers not just rich tropical colour, but a certain static serenity arising from lazy afternoons where the scorching sun has driven almost everyone else indoors.


  • 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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