Born in 1961, Baet Yeok Kuan graduated with a Diploma in Fine Art (Painting) from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1987 and received his MA in Fine Art from the University of Central England, Birmingham in 1992. In 1995, Baet was conferred the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council Singapore.
He represented Singapore in several international symposiums including the New Generation Contemporary Singapore Art Exhibition and Symposium, Japan (1990) and Second ASEAN Artist Creative Interaction, Indonesia (1997), Singapore-India Artists Exchange Programme, India (1999) and Artist-in-Residence in University of Philippines (2003).
Baet has won several awards such as the Grand Prize of the UOB Painting of the Year Competition (1987), Second Prize in the Contemporary Art Competition (Sculpture), Area Prize and Judge Prize in the Third Tokyo Urbanart Competition (1994). He was President of the Modern Art Society Singapore from 2003 to 2004.
Baet has completed many local public art projects to date including Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3, the National Museum and the National Library Board to name a few. He recently completed a site-specific installation “24 Hours in Singapore” on the Asian Civilisations Museum lawn, in commemoration of SG50, an inaugural commission by the Public Art Trust.
To date, Beat’s works have been collected by museums and notable private collections, some notable ones include Fukuoka Art Museum in Japan, National Museum of Singapore, National Arts Council, National Art Museum, NUS Museum, St. Regis Hotel and Mapletree business city.
Images of artworks