The Centre is pleased to invite all of you to one of the highlights of our Seminar Series this year – a Public Lecture by renowned Singaporean sculptor CHONG Fah Cheong which will be held on Friday, Mar 13, 2015, at 11am to 1pm.
Singapore’s newspaper of record, The Straits Times, calls him “Singapore’s Most Famous Unknown Artist”. Fah Cheong is a self-taught artist whose style ranges from the abstract to the figurative. He uses wood, stone and bronze as mediums to create sculptures that interpret society and social issues. Many of his works comment on the pursuit of position, wealth and power, as well as speak to the power of nostalgia and memory. In 2014, Fah Cheong was awarded the Cultural Medallion, Singapore’s highest accolade for artistic pursuit, by His Excellency Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, the President of the Republic of Singapore. This award was a recognition to his lifetime’s work and dedication to his art, which has resulted in numerous iconic sculptures that can be found in Singapore. (More information on him can be found on www.fahcheong.com, and https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Beyond that, Fah Cheong is a proud British Columbian, having been based in Merritt, BC, since the early 1990s. His time in Canada has seen him being somewhat inspired by traditions of the First Nations and has allowed him to explore new mediums such as jade for his art works. As such, the Centre is proud to host Fah Cheong, who will deliver a lecture expounding his personal artistic philosophies, and situate his art in the midst of many contemporary issues facing the city-state of Singapore, which this year will celebrate its 50th year of independence.