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Boo Sze Yang 巫思远

Born 1965 in Singapore.
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Boo Sze Yang graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in 1991; completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art at the University of Reading, UK in 1995 and received his Master in Arts Degree from Chelsea College of Art & Design, the University of the Arts London in 2005.

巫思远1991自南洋藝術學院畢業。他在1995年時完成英國瑞丁大學美術研究所文憑課程,並於2005取得倫敦藝術大學雀兒喜藝術設計學院的碩士學位。

Boo has held twelve solo exhibitions and represented Singapore in numerous group exhibitions in Australia, Japan, China, Korea, Philippines, Malaysia, UK and USA. He was recipient for the Asian Artist Fellowship Award 2010/2011 sponsored by Freeman Foundation for residency at the Vermont Studio Center in USA. In 2003, he was awarded the Juror’s Choice for the Philip Morris Singapore-ASEAN Art Award and the Platinum Award, UOB Painting of the Year competition in 2009. His works are in the collection of the Singapore Art Museum, the Singapore Istana Art Collection, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore, United Overseas Bank, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and Yingu Art Mansion in Beijing.

巫思远曾舉辦過十二次的個展,並多次代表新加坡在澳洲、日本、韓國、菲律賓、馬來西亞、英國及美國等國家參加聯展。他在20102011年取得維蒙特藝術中心所提供的亞洲藝術家獎助。2003年時,他獲得由Philip Morris所創立的ASEAN藝術大賽-新加坡的評審委員獎,在2009 年時,他在UOB (大華銀行)全國繪畫比賽中獲得白金獎。他的作品被新加坡美術館和新加坡總統府、新加坡外交部、大華銀行、南洋藝術學院和北京銀谷藝術館所珍藏。

Boo’s paintings deals with unconventional subject matter; from mundane domestic objects, to images of car and airplane crash-scenes, to the glittering interiors of cathedrals and derelict interiors of shopping malls. A prolific painter, not bounded by any tradition or style, Boo treats banal objects, serene interiors or destructive scenes as though metaphors for the human condition. Interiors of cathedrals painted on one canvas compliment the interiors of a shopping mall on another, equating it as a new-age temple, a point of pilgrimage for the modern man and woman of today. Inspired by the mega architectural structures of shopping malls in Singapore, the Mall is an ongoing series of paintings depicting an unstable space on the verge of collapse and in ruins; a study of space as concept and space as symbol. These works, distinctive in their eclectic brushwork and a subdued palette with grey overtones, creates an ambiance of light and space, inviting contemplation.

的畫作主要探討非傳統的主題:從日常家居用品、車禍和空難的影象、到天主教堂富麗堂皇的內部裝飾和購物商場頹圮的內部。他是一位多產的畫家,不受任何傳統或風格的束縛。平淡無奇的物件、靜寂的建築物內部或毁滅性的場景,對他而言這些景象所象徵的是人類生存的環境。畫在畫布上的天主教堂內部呼應畫在另一張畫布上的購物商場內部,使其成為一座新世紀的廟宇,一個現代男女朝聖的地方。受新加坡購物商場裏巨構式建築的啓發,畫布裏所呈現的商場成為一系列不斷發展的油畫,描繪出處於崩解邊緣和廢墟中的不穩定空間;空間的研究變成了一個概念,而空間本身則成為符號。這些作品的獨特性在於其瀟灑的筆觸以及單一而帶憂鬱色彩的主色調,其所創造出光和空間的氣氛,引人遊神與玄思。



Solo Exhibitions

2012 - Sanctuary. 17 Apr – 21 May, Art at St Francis’, Melbourne, Australia.

2012 - The ExtraOrdinary. 3 – 24 Feb, Chanhampe Galleries @Tanjong Pagar, Singapore.

2012 - The New Cathedral. 9 -18 Jan, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts galleries 1 & 2, Singapore.

2011 - Sanctuary. 1-6 Apr, Red Mill gallery, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, USA.

2010 - Sanctuary. 18-21 Nov, Utterly Art, the Affordable Art Fair Singapore.

2010 - House of God II. 7-23 May, Boo Sze Yang Art Studio at Old School. Singapore

2009 - Boom! 7 – 18 Oct, Utterly Art Exhibition Space. Singapore.

2007 - House of God. 3 – 14 Oct, Utterly Art Exhibition Space. Singapore.

2006 - Silence of the Canines. 21 Sep-1 Oct, Utterly Art Exhibition Space. Singapore.

2005 - In-Between. 15 -29 Nov, Style Cube Zandari, Seoul, South Korea.

2005 - The Space In-between. 22 Sep-2 Oct, Utterly Art Exhibition Space. Singapore.

1996 - Dilemma of Being. 22-27 Mar. The Substation Art Gallery. Singapore.
Group Exhibitions

2012 - City Scapes Unbound. OCBC Centre Branch, Singapore

2012 – Continuity & Discontinuity. Lim Hak Tai Gallery, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore.

2012 – PointB Open Studios, Brooklyn, New York, USA.

2012 - Parts of the Whole: Recent Acquisitions to NAFA Collection. Lim Hak Tai Gallery, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore.

2012 - Unity in Diversity. Social Creative Museum, Singapore.

2011 - Affordable Art Fair Singapore.

2011 – Abject System: Artists who love the unlovable. Studio Bibliothèque, Goodman Arts Centre, Singapore

2011 - 26th Asian International Art Exhibition. Jeonbuk Province Museum of Art, South Korea.

2011 - 26th Asian International Art Exhibition. Hangaram art Museum in Seoul Arts Centre, South Korea.

2011 - Visions of Lightness. Pipal Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2011 - Art Melbourne. Melbourne, Australia.

2011 - Visions of Lightness. ION Art gallery, Singapore.

2011 - Asia Top Gallery Hotel Art Fair Hong Kong 2011, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong.

2011 - Exchange 2011 Singapore-China Art Showcase. Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Galleries 1 & 2, Singapore

2010 - Boundaries - Modern Art Society 47th Annual Show. The ARTrium, MICA building, Singapore

2010 - Ex-change 2010 China-Singapore Art Showcase. ZoBang Art Museum, Shanghai, China

2010 - Ex-change 2010 China-Singapore Art Showcase. Yingu Art Mansion, Beijing, China

2010 - Excavation: Ten Singapore Artists. The Art Studio@OldSchool, Singapore

2009 - Remade, Relived: Modern Art in Singapore. Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Galleries 1 & 2, Singapore

2009 - Art Buffet: Singapore Art Exhibition 2009. Singapore Art Museum.

2009 - Forms of Persuasion: A NAFA Permanent Collection Show. Lim Hak Tai Gallery, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore

2009 - The 28th UOB Painting of the Year Exhibition. Jendela (Visual Arts Space), Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. Singapore

2009 - The Royal Republic. Master Piper Gallery, London, UK.

2009 - Stretch Your Imagination, 100 Malaysia & Singapore Contemporary Artists. Wisma Kebudayaan SGM, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2009 - Stretch Your Imagination, 100 Malaysia & Singapore Contemporary Artists. Penang State Art Gallery, Malaysia

2009 - From Left to Right and Right to East. T1 Project Space, University of Huddersfield & Huddersfield Art Gallery, UK

2008 - 23rd Asian International Art Exhibition. The University City Art Museum of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts of Fine Arts, Guangzhou, China.

2008 - Heart to Heart Asian International Art Show. YUGE Art gallery, Guangzhou, China

2007 - Laughing Matter. Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Gallery 3. Singapore.

2007 - The Singapore Art Exhibition, Open Section. Singapore Art Museum. Singapore

2007 - Escape Clause. Thirteen Talents One Academy. Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Gallery 2. Singapore.

2006 - Painterly Dialogues. Studio@106a, Singapore.

2006 - Space Envisaged: Seven Propositions. Public Art Space, Pan Pacific Singapore.

2006 - 21st Asian International Art Exhibition. Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

2006 - Spectrum 06. Telok Kurau Studios Gallery, Singapore

2006 - Txtrapolis: Contemporary Text-Based Art From Singapore. Film Centre, University of Philippines Diliman, Philippines.

2005 - 20th Asian International Art Exhibition. Ayala Museum, Philippines.

2005 - Txtrapolis: Contemporary Text-Based Art From Singapore. Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Gallery 2. Singapore.

2005 - Soaring to New frontiers. Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Galleries 1 & 2. Singapore.

2005 - Peranakan III: The Humble Form. Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Galleries 1 & 2. Singapore.

2004 - Ancient Roots: Modern Bridges-ASEAN Arts Awards 2004 Philip Morris Asia Limited. The National Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand.

2004 - Chelsea MA Fine Art Show 2004. Chelsea College of Art and Design. London. UK.

2003 - The Federation of Arts Societies 10th Anniversary Art Exhibition. The Ngee Ann Cultural Centre. Singapore.

2003 - International Snow Sculpture Event of the Quebec Carnival. Quebec, Canada.

2003 - The 22nd UOB Painting of the Year Exhibition. Jendela, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. Singapore.

2003 - Now You See It. A multi-media art show. Utterly Art Gallery. Singapore.

2003 - Negotiating Boundaries. Modern Art Society 39th Annual Show. ARTrium@ MITA building. Singapore.

2003 - Philip Morris Singapore-Asean Art Awards 2003. ARTrium@Mita Building. Singapore.

2002 - Philip Morris Singapore Art Awards 2001/02. The Gallery@Paragon. Singapore.

2002 - The 21st UOB Painting of the Year Exhibition. UOB Plaza 1. Singapore.

2002 - 17th Asian International Art Exhibition. Daejeon Municipal Museum of Art, South Korea.

2002 - Naked Perfection. Singapore Art Museum. Singapore.

2002 - Urban Artists 2002. ARTrium at MITA building. Singapore.

2001 - 10 Young Contemporary Artists. ARTrium at MITA building. Singapore.

2001 - AD 2001. NAFA Staff Art exhibition. Nanyang Art Gallery. Singapore.

2001 - Time And Space. Modern Art Society 37th Annual Show. ARTrium at MITA. Building. Singapore.

2001 - Nokia Singapore Art 2001. Singapore Art Museum. Singapore.

2001 - Eye-dentifying Peranakan Cultures. Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Middle Gallery. Singapore.

2001 - 16th Asian International Art Exhibition. Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China.

2000 - Just Five. Artfolio Gallery. Singapore .

2000 - Different Eye Different Views. 36th Modern Art Society Annual Art Exhibition. Artfolio Gallery. Singapore.

2000 - "Kachiang Buteh". Telok Kurua studios art gallery. Singapore. Singapore.

1999 - NAFA Staff Art Exhibition. Nanyang Art Gallery. Singapore.

1999 - 14th Asian International Art Exhibition. Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan.

1999 - Philip Morris Singapore Art Awards. CHIJMES. Singapore.

1998 - NAFA 60th Anniversary Alumni's Art Exhibition. CHIJMES, Caldwell House Art Gallery. Singapore.

1997 - Five Contemporary Artists. Nanyang Art Gallery. Singapore.

1997 - NAFA Staff Art Exhibition. Nanyang Art Gallery. Singapore.

1997 - Philip Morris Singapore Art Awards. CHIJMES, Caldwell House Art Gallery. Singapore

1997 - Singapore Art ‘97. Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Center.

1997 - UOB 16th Painting of the Year Competition. UOB Plaza 1. Singapore.

1997 - Self Portraits. 33rd Modern Art Society Annual Art Exhibition. UOB Plaza 1. Singapore.

1996 - UOB 15th Painting of the Year Competition. UOB Plaza 1. Singapore.

1996 - Grand Shell Discovery Art Exhibition 96. River House, Clarke Quay. Singapore.

1996 - Modern Art Society 32nd Annual Art Show. Orchard Point Art Gallery. Singapore.

1995 - Postgraduate Show University of Reading MFA & DFA. Department of Fine Art. University of Reading. UK.

1994 - Philippe Charriol Foundation Contemporary Art Competition. Singapore.

1994 - Tri-Art. 3-person show. The Substation Art Gallery. Singapore.

1993 - 13th Shell Discovery Art Exhibition. Shell Tower. Singapore.

1993 - UOB 12th Painting of the Year Competition. Singapore.

1993 - 3rd ASEAN Traveling Exhibition of Painting, Photograph and Children’s Art. National Museum Art Gallery. Singapore.

1991 - SOXIT, Fine Art Diploma Show. NAFA Art Gallery. Singapore.

1990 - Singaporean Art. 90’s Gallery. Glasgow. UK


Awards

2010 - Asian Artist Fellowship Award 2010/2011, Freeman Foundation, USA.

2009 - Platinum Award. UOB Painting of the Year Competition 2009

2003 - Juror’s Choice. Philip Morris Singapore-Asean Art Awards 2003

2003 - Certificate of Commendation. UOB 22nd Painting of the Year

2002 - Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Founder’s Day Award

2002 - Distinction Award. UOB 21st Painting of the Year

2001 - Honourable mention. Philip Morris Singapore Art Awards

1999 - Certificate of Recognition. Philip Morris ASEAN Art Awards

1997 - Certificate of Recognition. Philip Morris ASEAN Art Awards

1996 - Distinction Award. UOB 15th Painting of the Year

1994 - Certificate of Distinction. Philippe Charriol Art Competition.

1993 - Certificate of Commendation. UOB 12th Painting of the Year.

1993 - Certificate of Distinction. Philippe Charriol Art Competition.


Artist Residency

2012 – PointB Worklodge, Brooklyn, New York, USA

2011 – Vermont Studio Centre, Vermont, USA
Academic Qualifications

2007 - Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education. National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

2004 - MA in Fine Art. Chelsea College of Art & Design, University of the Arts London, UK.

1995 - Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art. Fine Art Department, University of Reading, UK

1991 - Diploma in Fine Art., Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore
Scholarships and Grants

2012 - Singapore National Arts Council Travel Grant for artist residency in New York.

2012 - Singapore National Arts Council International Development Grant for 12th solo exhibition in Melbourne, Australia.

2012 - Singapore International Foundation Arts Grant for 12th solo exhibition in Melbourne, Australia.

2012 - Singapore National Arts Council Presentation and Promotional Grant for 10th solo exhibition in Singapore.

2012 - Arts Fund Singapore Grant for 10th solo exhibition in Singapore.

2011 - Singapore National Arts Council International Development Grant for Art Melbourne, Australia.

2009 - Singapore National Arts Council Project Grant for From Left to Right and Right to East (2 man show) in UK.

2009 - Singapore National Arts Council Project Grant for 6th solo exhibition in Singapore.

2007 - Singapore National Arts Council Project Grant for 5th solo exhibition in Singapore.

2005 - Singapore National Arts Council Travel Grant for 3rd solo exhibition in Seoul, South Korea.

2005 - Singapore National Arts Council Project Grant for 2nd solo exhibition in Singapore.

2003 - Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Sponsorship (staff) for overseas study.

2003 - Singapore National Arts Council Bursary Award (overseas study).

2003 - SIA_ NAC Travel Grant for International Snow Sculpture Event in Quebec, Canada.

2002 - Singapore National Arts Council Project Grant for Urban Artists 2002 in Singapore.

2001 - Singapore National Arts Council Project Grant for 10 Young Contemporary Artists in Singapore.

1996 - Singapore National Arts Council Project Grant for 1st solo exhibition in Singapore.

1994 - Singapore National Arts Council Bursary Award (overseas study).

1990 - Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Scholarship for Diploma studies.



Academic Experiences

Current - Part-time lecturer, School of Art, Design & Media department, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Current - Part-time lecturer, Department of Fine Art, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore

Jan/May 10 - Adjunct Visual Arts Teacher. School of the Arts Singapore

Jul/Dec 09 - Part-time Lecturer. Visual & Performing Arts, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Jan 08/Jun 09 - Head, Department of Fine Art, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Singapore

2007 - Course Leader, Degree programmes, Dept. of Fine Art, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Singapore

2001/06 - Full-time lecturer, Fine Art Dept., School of Visual Art, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore

1996/01 - Part-time Lecturer. Fine Art Dept., Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore

1999/03 - Part-time Art teacher. Gradsign Art School, Singapore.

1999/01 - Part-time Art teacher. Junior Art Dept., Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore
Professional Affiliations / Appointments

2011- Vice Chair, Curriculum Development Advisory Committee, Dept of Fine Art, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore

2011 - External Assessor, Master in Fine Arts. LaSalle College of the Arts, Singapore

2011- External Assessor, BA(Hons) Fine Arts. LaSalle College of the Arts, Singapore

2009 - Committee member, Modern Art Society, Singapore

2009 - National Arts Council Annual Grant Assessment Panel Visual Arts, Singapore

2008/09 - National Arts Counci Scholarships & Bursaries 2009 Visual Arts Assessment Panel, Singapore

2007/08 - Secretary, Modern Art Society, Singapore

2006 - Curatorial Committee, 21st Asian International Art Exhibition, Singapore Art Museum / Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts / epSITE, Epson’s imaging gallery.

2005/06 - Vice President, Modern Art Society, Singapore

2003/04 - Committee member, Modern Art Society, Singapore

1999/02 - Secretary, Modern Art Society, Singapore

2004 - Judge for Uniliver International Schools Art Project 2004, Singapore

2003 - Judge, Scarecrow Making Competition "Go green, ok, party" (Environment Day 2003) Chinese Garden, Singapore. Organised by Taman Jurong CCC, with South-West CDC and Town Council.


Articles and Reviews

Places of Worship. Mayo Martin, TODAY, Jan 9, 2012.

The New Cathedral. Zhou Yian Ping, zbNOW, LianHe Zaobao, Jan 10, 2012.

Malls Tells My Life Story. Ignatius Low, the Straits Times, Feb 27, 2011.

50 Movers and Shakers of Singapore’s Art Scene. Timeout Singapore, Dec 2010.

An interview with artist Boo Sze Yang. http://sightoracle.blogspot.com/2007/11/interview-with-artist-boo-sze-yang.html

Recent oil paintings by Boo Sze Yang. Goh Kay Kee, zbNOW, LianHe Zaobao, Oct 9, 2007.

Landscapes In The Mist. Chung Yookyung, In-Between art catalogue, 2005

Cultural Crisis. Raymond Lam, I-S Magazine, Sep 23, 2005.

Boo Sze Yang Solo Art Exhibition. Goh Kay Kee, LianHe Zaobao, Sep 24, 2005.

On Being Unsure. Michael Lee Hong Hwee, catalogue essay in Boo Sze Yang: The Space In-between, Sep 2005.

Recent Paintings by Boo Sze Yang. Chua Poh Leng, Nanyang Arts (Chinese publication). August/October 2000.

Take Five at Artfolio. Sian E. Jay, Asian Art News magazine. May/June 2000.

Five Souls Bared for Show. Sian E. Jay, The Straits Times. March 20, 2000.

Wacky, funny but so unlike themselves. Janet Ho, The Straits Times. December 1, 1997.

Boo Sze Yang at the Substation. Ian Findlay, Asian Art News magazine. May/June 1996.

Dilemma of Being - Paintings by Boo Sze Yang. Susie Wong, The Straits Times. March 26, 1996.

13th Shell Discovery Art Exhibition. Susie Wong, The Straits Times. April 21, 1993.


Public Collections

Singapore Art Museum, National Heritage Board

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore

Yingu Art Mansion, Beijing, China

United Overseas Bank Limited Singapore



The Singapore Istana Art Collection


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