Tay Bak Chiang 郑木彰 (b. 1973)

Tay Bak Chiang graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore in 1995 and studied at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China, in 1997. He was awarded the First Prize in the Chinese Painting category in the 19th and 22nd United Overseas Bank Painting of the Year Competitions (2000 and 2003 respectively). In 2002 he received the Young Artist Award from the National Arts Council of Singapore.

Tay has always been inspired by nature. To him, nature is perfection, balance and harmony. He also believes his work should bear the imprint of his environment and reflect the spirit of contemporary times, even if it is rooted in Chinese ink painting. Hence, he often interprets anew nature themes familiar in Southeast Asia, such as heliconias, banana and palm trees, stones and lotus ponds.

Earlier in his practice, he experimented with deconstructing and reconfiguring nature motifs. More recently, he has attempted to move away from representational forms, abandoning motifs that may bear his feelings and points of view. He interprets lotus flowers as minimalist forms; stalks as thick, unembellished strokes; and stones as aloof, silent silhouettes, creating vistas that invite viewers to imagine and discover nature for themselves, just as nature intends for us to do.

In his recent works, he continues to push the boundaries and contemporize the genre of Chinese painting through the use of acrylic and pigments on canvas. It encapsulates the artist’s enquiry into classical Chinese ink art, introducing new perspectives in the portrayal of nature in order to evoke a sense of poetry and inner emotions. For the Stone Series, Tay states “I was first inspired on a walk in the Bukit Timah nature reserve some years ago. I chanced upon some rustic, unrefined granite rocks that stood with an imposing, dignified spirit amid the greenery. I thought they were like hermits, reclusive from the material world. They seemed to emit a cool quietness, an air of indifference”.  Similarly, for his guqin series, though Tay does not play the 7-stringed instrument, he appreciates the traditional Chinese instrument, guqin as an iconic symbol of Chinese high culture and one of the most expressive forms that capture the essence of Chinese music.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • The Chivalrous Hero by Tay Bak Chiang, 2015, Serindia Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Blue White Vermilion, 2015, Chan Hampe Galleries, Singapore
  • 《斧劈皴》Cleavages, Fractures, Folds, 2014, iPreciation, Singapore
  • 《石头记》The Story of the Stone, 2014, Art Projects Gallery, Hong Kong
  • 《顽石》Sentience, 2014, Chan Hampe Galleries, Singapore
  • 《剑气》The Breath of A Blade, 2013, Jendela, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore
  • 《且听风吟》Hear the Wind Sing, 2012, Art Projects Gallery, Hong Kong
  • 《天工》Ingenuity, 2011, Chan Hampe Galleries, Singapore
  • 《呼吸之间》Between Breaths, 2010, Artfolio Gallery, Singapore
  • 《法自画生》Fa Zi Hua Sheng, 2003, Plum Blossoms Gallery, Singapore

Selected Group Exhibitions 

  • 45th Anniversary Exhibition of Siaw-Tao Chinese Seal-Carving Calligraphy and Painting Society, 2015, Singapore
  • Portable Art Week, 2015, iPreciation Gallery, Singapore
  • Made in Singapore – Three Quarters of a Century, 2013, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore
  • 《床事》A Thing or Two about the Bed, 2013, FOST Gallery, Singapore
  • Cascadence – Singapore Redux, 2013, iPreciation, Singapore
  • Crisis of Monumentality, 2013, Chan Hampe Galleries, Singapore
  • Cityscapes Unbound, 2012, OCBC Centre, Singapore
  • 《墨》Mò, 2012, Jendela Visual Arts Space, Esplanade, Singapore
  • Now and Next – Modern Arts of Korea, Japan, Singapore, 2010, National Museum of Gwang-Ju, Korea
  • Space + Imagination, 2010, Korea Singapore Contemporary Art Exchange Exhibition, Jeollanamdo Okgwa Art Museum, Korea
  • Celebrating Asian Art, 2010, Artfolio Gallery, Singapore
  • Live Our Dreams Community Paintings, 2010, The Arts House, Singapore
  • Nanyang in Paris, 2009, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Gallery, Singapore
  • Nanyang – 70 Years After, 2009, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Gallery, Singapore
  • Singapore Art Show, 2005, Singapore Management University, Singapore
  • Internationale Cite des Arts, 2004, Paris, France
  • Siaw-Tao Chinese Seal-Carving Calligraphy and Painting Society Exhibition, 2004, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Selected Public Collections

  • The Istana, official residence and office of the President of Singapore
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore
  • Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore
  • National Arts Council, Singapore
  • National Gallery Singapore

Images of artworks

    TBC-0061, Mending the sky 补天, 2015, 100x100cm, Pigments and acrylic on canvas, $7,000  Burnt Tail, 古琴系列之焦尾, 2015, 140x140cm, Pigment & Acrylic on Canvas Green Silk 绿绮, 2015, 140x160cm, Pigment & Acrylic on Canvas Overtones 弦外之音, 2016, 100x100cm, Pigment & Acrylic on Canvas Room With A View 室雅何须大, 2015, 100x100cm, Pigment & Acrylic on Canvas Stringless Qin 无弦琴, 2015,140x140cm, Pigment & Acrylic on Canvas The World Beyond_外面的世界, 2016,140x140, pigments and acrylic on canvas SONY DSC Escape 金蝉脱壳, 2016, 100x100cm, Pigments & Acrylic on Canvas  Genesis 开天辟地, 2016,140x280cm, Pigments & Acrylic on Canvas

 

Nationality

Malayisa/Singapore

Press Releases

Press/Media

  • Painter’s Block, ZBBZ, Singapore, June 2015
  • Tay Bak Chiang, zbNOW, 22 October 2015
  • Stones, paper to canvas, Straits Times Singapore, 7 October 2015
  • Capturing the soft spirit of rocks and stones, Business Times Singapore, 3 October 2014
  • Tay Bak Chiang, Lianhe Zaobao Singapore, 1 October 2014

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