Warren Khong (b. 1984)

Warren Khong holds a Diploma and Bachelor in Fine Art from Nanyang Academy of Fine Art in 2006. He also achieved a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Nanyang Academy of Fine Art in partnership with University of Huddersfield, U.K. in 2015, he completed a Master in Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts in partnership with Goldsmiths College, U.K.

In his earlier works, Warren dealt with the aesthetics of beauty in the artificiality of its creation; now his focus is on researching the notions of painting and its relation to surface and materiality. The current series of work revolves around the notion of sensitivity to surface and to materiality as the subject matter for creating paintings. The white series investigates the act of painting, challenging ideas of what a painting is or what it should look like. Creating geometric shapes and employing rich block colours, Khong pushes the boundary of painting through new interpretations of the play of light, colour, reflection and the notion of materiality as an idea.

The second body of work is a continuation of Khong’s research process, where he questions the conventional idea of paintings, its materiality and function. Khong’s flat paintings are informed by the chosen surfaces; he carefully selects found objects within our urban landscape such as discarded metal plates and panels. The application of paint in a swirling, pooling, flowing motion on the raw unfinished surfaces, creates a calm and meditative abstract landscape that captures the traces and marks from the artist’s processes.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • Same Same But Different, 2013, Reading Room, Singapore

 Selected Group Exhibitions

  • Portable Art Week, 2015, iPreciation, Singapore
  • Dear Painter, 2015, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore
  • I Wasn’t Everything, 2015, Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore, Singapore
  • Vernacula_, 2015, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore
  • Tropical Lab 8: Port of Call, 2015, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore

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