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The Stage

Exhibiting Artists: Wong Shih Yaw

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

Dates: 08 Jan 2009 - 24 Jan 2009

To Shakespeare, all the world may have been a stage. In his latest solo exhibition, Singaporean artist Wong Shih Yaw extends this concept into the visual realm, using unique and inventive visual metaphors to narrate miniature dramas concerning his Christian faith. In each painting, a central raised platform stages the central diorama, with scenery, objects and people arranged for illustrative and instructional effect. Visual elements weave a story, told like a biblical parable or a fable of AesopÂ’s with an end moral. But the intention is less didactic than aphoristic, at least as the artist perceives his beliefs. Our lives may be acted out for all to see, but God is the only audience of consequence. Only He can be fully objective of how we have lived; only He can divine truth from dramatic artifice.


  • Wong Shih Yaw


    Wong Shih Yaw has swung from emotive expressionism in his early days as a key member of the Artists Village in Jalan Ulu Sembawang, to allegorical Christian realism, and now has been painting largely in an illustrative graphic style for his past few solo shows. A graduate of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, the artist is heavily collected by the Singapore Art Museum, The National Art Gallery Singapore and several prominent collectors.

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