Singapore has some of the finest art in the world, and you don't have to take our word for it. You don't have to put your faith in us; consult any artist! There are pieces of art in Singapore that you must see before you die because they may not endure forever. If painting and art jamming is your kind off thing, this blog post can help you in deciding what to see if you visit Singapore. Here are 5 paintings that we think you should see while in town which can inspire you to go for an Art Jamming Workshop!
1. Drying Salted Fish (1978), Cheong Soo Pieng
The painting on the reverse of the $50 note, which depicts a group of Malay villagers processing and drying salted fish, is by Cheong. It is still visible in parts of Southeast Asia, surrounded by lush greenery, overturned baskets and farm animals in a pasture; an unbroken chain that has continued up to the present day.
This work was created by Cheong Cheok-hwa, the king's court painter who specialized in dragon paintings. The painting is made with Chinese ink and color on cloth before being illuminated with gold leaf from the Nanyang region's unique Nanyang art style, pioneered by Cheong. This artwork is memorable for its bright colors and a crowd of people which depicts a sense of empathy.
2. National Language Class (1959), Chua Mia Tee
This educational setting, National Language Class, depicts a school scenario as well as the issues of identity and national pride that a group of Malaysian students confront while studying Bahasa Melayu in school.
Many modifications have been made to the school since it was built in the mid-1960s. The building's completion date is boldly painted in bright red paint on the wall, suggesting Singapore's independence from British colonial rule. Basic issues were asked in Bahasa on the blackboard at the time to determine both students' and spectators' nationalities. Chua is an integral figure in Singapore's art world, having received many honors throughout his years, including the Cultural Medallion in 2015.
3. Life by the River (1975), Liu Kang
Bali's rural countryside is captured in this photo, which transports you away from the city bustle and noise. Liu Kang was able to capture traditional kampung life's communal way of life, including attap homes on stilts and gatherings of people along riverbanks, as well as traditional village life.
At some point, Liu Kang lived in Paris as a young man, and he was inspired by fauvism and post-impressionism. The city's influence is evident in the bright hues and staccato brushstrokes. In an effort to preserve Singapore's changing landscapes, he traveled to Indonesian islands with other early painters such as Chen Wen Hsi and Cheong Soo Pieng.
4. Modern Art (c. 1960-170), Chua Tiag Ming
In this dreary black-and-white photo, a guy is seen hard at work on the side of a home alone. This shot was taken during political and social upheaval. In stark contrast to the clean, bright light on the roof and surrounding walls, the man's concentration and serenity on his (by today's standards) flimsy ladder gives the photo some artistic depth. Chua's has a vintage feel to it, thanks to its aged appearance and traditional language. It appeals to today's audiences, despite its realistic appearance being reminiscent of an era when it was only known by older people.
Artworks in Singapore beautifully depicts the country's vibrant history and culture. Artworks in Singapore are able to take your breath away, whether it's a black-and-white photograph of a random man working on his home alone or paintings of the traditional Kampung life with its Attap homes on stilts and riverbank gatherings. 4 of the most beautiful paintings depicting the splendor of this Southeast Asian island nation can be found in this post; but there are several more to discover as well!
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