Yeo Siak Goon has an enduring fascination for the female form, whether decked in full costume regalia as in his Balinese dancers, or serenely bereft of clothing as in his sensual beachside nudes. Playing extensively with negative space, Siak Goon loves to conceal as much as he reveals, deliberately omitting key portions of his figures for one’s mind to connect limb to torso, and indulge in a game of visual peek-a-boo. Much of this effect is achieved by using vibrant colour to accentuate volume, and its absence to disguise it. As the chief architect of his compositions, he stages his play of light and shadow over tantalizing contours in the botanically luxuriant environs of the temple gate or the kampong hut. The teasing allure of his demure damsels ducking in and out of the shade of the artist’s patchwork patternings ensures perpetual and sustained engagement.
Yeo Siak Goon 杨昔银 was born in 1957, Malaysia, and presently lives and works in Singapore where he studied fine arts from two local masters, Leo Hee Tong and Hua Chai Yong, from the age of sixteen. His works have featured in innumerable art exhibitions both locally and overseas, and he has represented Singapore in New York, France, the Netherlands, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Brunei, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and China. He won the Dr Tan Tze Chor Young Artists' Art Award from the Singapore Art Society (1984, 1986), was highly commended in the Australian Art Competition (1985) and IBM Singapore Art Award (1987), and won first prize in the Figurative Category of the UOB Painting of the Year competition (1990). Siak Goon’s works have also been collected by the National Museum Art Gallery, United Overseas Bank, International Enterprise Singapore, IBM Singapore, American Club, Cathay Organization, Pontiac Marina and several local and overseas collectors. He has held three solo exhibitions in 2007, 2009 and 2010 at Utterly Art.
Dates: 14 Mar 2013 - 17 Mar 2013
Dates: 14 Nov 2012 - 18 Nov 2012
Dates: 15 Mar 2012 - 25 Mar 2012
Dates: 18 Jan 2012 - 30 Jan 2012
Dates: 17 Nov 2011 - 20 Nov 2011
Dates: 12 May 2011 - 23 May 2011
Dates: 25 Feb 2011 - 27 Feb 2011
Dates: 18 Nov 2010 - 21 Nov 2010
Dates: 04 Sep 2010 - 12 Sep 2010
Dates: 22 Jul 2010 - 01 Aug 2010
Dates: 24 Sep 2009 - 04 Oct 2009
Dates: 29 Nov 2007 - 09 Dec 2007