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My Story

Exhibiting Artists: Wong Shih Yaw

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

Dates: 18 Feb 2010 - 28 Feb 2010

Singaporean painter Wong Shih Yaw’s latest series returns to his penchant for narrative painting, this time using as source material episodes taken from his own rather eventful life. My Story is an autobiography on canvas, with each painting broadly focused on a period of the artist’s life and rendered largely in black and white to evoke the nostalgia and social realism of a narrative woodcut. Each painting in My Story is a montage of scenes relating to a particular time or, in the later paintings, theme. Enlivened with minimal colour, the paintings are animated by the dramatic incidents portrayed. They address situations of family, acquaintance, school and work, and themes of victimization, despair, desire and health; as Singapore’s pre-eminent Christian painter, issues of divine protection, sin and forgiveness through an omnipresent Christ also permeate the series as they do Shih Yaw’s life.


  • 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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