Fragments of Life 生活碎片 – A Solo Exhibition by Tay Bak Chiang

Private Preview:

Saturday, May 18, 2024, 2 – 6pm (By Invitation Only)

Kindly RSVP by calling +65 6339 0678 or email

Exhibition Opens to Public:

May 20 – Jun 1, 2024

10am – 7pm (Mon – Fri)

11am – 6pm (Sat)

Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays


50 Cuscaden Road, HPL House #01-01, Singapore 249724

Tel: + 65 6339 0678 Fax: + 65 6438 2080

iPRECIATION is delighted to announce the latest exhibition by renowned Singaporean contemporary artist Tay Bak Chiang, titled “Fragments of Life 生活碎片,” scheduled from 18th May to 1st Jun 2024.

About the Exhibition:

Life, as we know it, comprises countless indescribable fragments. Within these fragments lie stories of the past and narratives unfolding in the present, filled with joys, sorrows, and regrets, eventually forming the tapestry of one’s life.

The upcoming exhibition, aptly titled “Fragments of Life,” draws inspiration from the reservoir of memories stored in the depths of Tay Bak Chiang’s soul. Some reflect everyday experiences, transient and fleeting yet resonating deeply within, evoking vivid imagery and vibrant colours.

Creativity often arises from unexpected encounters, surpassing meticulously planned deliberations, leaving artists pleasantly surprised.

On a particular day, while purchasing paint supplies, the sight of a vibrant shade of purple sparked memories of an untouched piece titled “Purple Dragon King,” envisioned with a majestic, soaring figure in shimmering purple and gold. Excited by the impulse to capture this vision, the artist eagerly experimented with the new colour, translating inspiration onto canvas.

With colours imbued in their vision, the artists sought to enhance vibrancy, creating “Equality of Life,” depicting stones of different hues symbolizing the intrinsic equality of all individuals, transcending distinctions of wealth and status.

In a world where light and darkness coexist, the ravages of conflict manifest in harrowing images of civilian suffering, incessantly relayed by modern media. How can one remain indifferent amidst such turmoil, amidst the relentless tide of human hypocrisy and greed?

“Enclosure” reflects the persistence of barriers, even in today’s civilized society, erecting walls that divide worlds. Meanwhile, “Devouring the Weak” exposes blatant exploitation and encroachment upon the vulnerable.

Throughout history, the world has witnessed cycles of repetition. Who can remain apathetic amid such turbulence?

Fortunately, the artist’s brush serves as a conduit, transposing feelings of unease onto canvas while capturing and preserving moments of rare tranquility and happiness amidst life’s chaos.

About the Artist:

Tay Bak Chiang (b. 1973, Malaysia/Singapore), a Malaysian-born artist now residing in Singapore, is one of Singapore’s most sought-after painters for his contemporary Chinese ink works. The critically acclaimed artist graduated with a Diploma from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Singapore in 1995 and studied at the China Academy of Art (Hangzhou, China) in 1997. In 2002 he was awarded the Young Artist Award for Visual Arts by the National Arts Council and later won the first prize for UOB Painting of the Year (Traditional Chinese Medium Category) in 2000 and 2003.

Tay’s works have made numerous appearances at international art fairs, including Art Basel Hong Kong, Art Stage Singapore, Art Miami, Art New York, Art Paris, Art Taipei and Edinburgh Art Fair. In addition, his works are in the collection of many prominent public and private institutions, including The Istana (Singapore); Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Singapore); Permanent Mission of Singapore to the United Nations (New York); National Gallery Singapore; Simmons & Simmons Contemporary Art Collection; Singtel; SC Global Developments; Swiss Re; OCBC Bank; United Overseas Bank; Mandarin Oriental (Singapore); Shangri-La Hotel (Singapore); and Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, London.

Equality of Life 生命皆平等, 2024, 100×220 cm, Pigments and Acrylic on Canvas

Devouring the Weak 蚕食鲸吞, 2024, 170x170cm, Pigments and Acrylic on Canvas

Enclosure 围墙, 2024, 180x160cm, Pigments and Acrylic on Canvas

Purple Dragon King 紫衫龙王, 2024, 160x220cm, Pigments and Acrylic on Canvas

Get in touch with us

50 Cuscaden Road
HPL House #01-01
Singapore 249724

Opening Hours:
Mon – Fri: 10am – 7pm
Sat: 11am – 6pm
Sundays and Public Holidays
by appointment only
The gallery will be closed from
Jan 21-24, 2023.
Business will commence as usual from
Jan 25, 2023.

Tel 65 6339 0678
Fax 65 6438 2080

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