Singapore has some of the best art in the world, and you don't have to take our word for it. You don't have to put your trust in us; ask any artist! There are works of art in Singapore that you must see before you die, since they may not endure indefinitely. If painting and art jamming is your kind off thing, this blog article 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 opposite of the $50 note, which shows a group of Malay villagers processing and drying salted fish, is by Cheong. It is still seen in parts of Southeast Asia, surrounded by lush greenery, overturned baskets and farm animals in a pasture; an unbroken chain that has remained up to the present day.
This work was created by Cheong Cheok-hwa, the king's court painter who was specialized in dragon paintings. The painting was made using 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 large amount of people which depicts a sense of empathy.
2. National Language Class (1959), Chua Mia Tee
This educational scenario, National Language Class, depicts a school scenario as well as the problems of identity and national pride that a group of Malaysian students confront while learning Bahasa Melayu in school.
Many changes 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 walls, showcasing Singapore's independence from British colonial rule. Basic issues were addressed in Bahasa on the blackboard at the time to determine both students' and spectators' nationalities. Chua is an important figure in Singapore's art world, having received many awards 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 artwork, which takes you away from the city bustle and noise. Liu Kang was able to capture traditional kampung life's communal way of life, showing attap homes on stilts and gatherings of people along riverbanks, as well as the traditional village life.
At some point, Liu Kang lived in Paris as a young boy, and he was inspired by fauvism and post-impressionism. The city's influence is seen in the bright hues and staccato brushstrokes.He went to Indonesian islands with other early painters like Chen Wen Hsi and Cheong Soo Pieng in order to preserve Singapore's changing sceneries.
4. Modern Art (c. 1960-170), Chua Tiag Ming
A guy is seen hard at work on the side of a home alone in this drab black-and-white image. This photo was taken during political and social upheaval. In 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 allows the photo some artistic depth. To a modern audience, the language and appearance of Chua's seem old-fashioned. Despite its realistic appearance being reminiscent of an age when it was only known by older people, it appeals to today's audiences.
Artworks in Singapore beautifully depicts the country's vibrant history and culture. Artworks in Singapore are able to leave you mesmerized , 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 article; but there are several more to explore as well!
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