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Exhibition

My Story III - Redemption of the Fallen

Exhibiting Artists: Wong Shih Yaw

Venue: Utterly Art 20B Mosque Street > venue details

Dates: 12 Jul 2012 - 22 Jul 2012

Of all our local painters, Artists Village alumnus Wong Shih Yaw may be the most inventive when it comes to devising new ways of expression in visual metaphors. Much of the symbolism in Classical Western painting is underpinned by origins in the Christian faith, and for Shih Yaw, it is no different, as his Christianity shapes his everyday impulses and beliefs. However the imageries that arise from his brush spring very much from his imagination, with little owing to classical canons of codes and conventions, such as the long-sleeved shirts, geologic block diagrams and big-headed children of previous series.

As his autobiographical series enters its third installment, Shih Yaw has moved from the direct illustrative approach of its first two incarnations, to a fully symbolist style, losing none of the rich narrative that his works are known for. Each painting is dominated by a fantastical machine, which assumes the shape of an animal, another mechanical device or a vehicle of transportation within which the artist sits, or is sheathed or becomes a part of. The machines appear rusty and in need of maintenance, a reference to the artist's own aging and ailments, and his stories are less a narration of actual events and episodes and more a documentation of his attitudes and emotional states adopted during specific periods of his life, in relation to God who observes his failings and provides forgiveness and encouragement in turn. While a course in Japanese manga may have provided the science-fictionish 'look' of the series, between Transformers and the Twilight Zone, perhaps it is the artist's newfound status as a father that has directed him on this reflexive journey in a patterned timescape.



Exhibited Works

Story 27

2011

4ft x 4ft
Acrylic on canvas
SOLD

Story 28

2011

4ft x 4ft
Acrylic on canvas
SOLD

Story 29

2011

4ft x 4ft
Acrylic on canvas
SOLD

Story 30

2011

3ft x 3ft
Acrylic on canvas
SOLD

Story 31

2011

3ft x 3ft
Acrylic on canvas
SOLD

Story 32

2012

4ft x 4ft
Acrylic on canvas
SOLD

Story 33

2012

3ft x 3ft
Acrylic on canvas
SOLD

Story 34

2012

3ft x 3ft
Acrylic on canvas
SOLD

Story 35

2012

4ft x 4ft
Acrylic on canvas
SOLD

Story 36

2012

4ft x 4ft
Acrylic on canvas
SOLD

Story 37

2012

3ft x 3ft
Acrylic on canvas
SOLD

Artist

  • Wong Shih Yaw

    Singapore

    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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