Unceasing | 未央
25 July to 30 July 2019
A Chinese calligraphy, painting, and seal-carving solo exhibition by Dr. Yew Tong Wei.
Opening ceremony 开幕典礼:
Thursday, 25 July 2019, 7pm
Ms Sim Ann
Senior Minister of State,
Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth
Exhibition dates: 25 – 30 July 2019
Opening hours: 11am – 8pm daily
主讲 Speaker: 尤东暐医生 Dr. Yew Tong Wei
主持 Moderator: 958城市频道DJ 林灵芝
Saturday 27 July 2019, 3-5pm
Siaw-Tao Chinese Seal-Carving, Calligraphy & Painting Society
A Chinese calligraphy, painting, and seal carving
solo exhibition by Dr. Yew Tong Wei
‘How goes the night? It is unceasing.’ – The Shijing (Classic of Poetry)
A melody captivates the listener for days; the taste of tea lingers on the tongue. A vision of the
heavens and waters dancing in endless convergence enthrals the watching wanderer. The
ancients had long recognised that human response to stimuli reverberates long after the first
contact. Mesmerised by these experiences, the ancients lost themselves in reveries and
meditations, in what they term the ‘unceasing’.
‘How boundless and unceasing (is the Dao)!’ – Laozi, Daodejing
The unceasing is without boundaries; it ventures far beyond horizons and transcends mortal
realms. Our response to art’s beauty is an unceasing captivation that propels our imagination to
Tong Wei has been enraptured by the same unceasing beauty, and has thus spent many years
expressing it in calligraphy, painting, and seal carving. Yet, he recognises that his artistic journey
is, with no small irony, winding through an also unceasing path. Like the fabled night of the
Shijing, his art is unending, and we only have more to look forward to. He hopes that this
exhibition would convey his unceasing love for his art; hence, there can be no better title for the
exhibition than ‘Unceasing’.
Dr. Yew Tong Wei (B. 1980)
Tong Wei straddles the line between science and art – a physician specialising in diabetes and
endocrinology on one hand, and a promising artist in Chinese calligraphy, painting, and seal
carving on the other.
Tong Wei started learning Chinese calligraphy since the age of 7, first from his father, and
later on refined his skills and learnt seal carving under the tutelage of Master Ha Chan Kee in
Kuala Lumpur. He also drew much inspiration from his encounters with his grandteacher,
Master Dai Lancun in Taipei. He frequently infuses his works with refreshing modern touches
while maintaining elegance and classical eminence stemming from the traditional qualities of
Chinese art. He is particularly meticulous in his selection of paper, brush, ink, seals and
mounting, all of which enhance the finesse of his works.
His works have been displayed in over 40 exhibitions locally and internationally, including at
the prestigious National Art Museum of China, Beijing, and the University of Cambridge,
England. An eloquent speaker, he has delivered lectures and media interviews across
Singapore and Malaysia, with an emphasis on cultivating greater appreciation of the arts.
He was accorded the Dr. Tan Tsze Chor distinction award in Chinese calligraphy in 2016, and
was one of the youngest to be recognised with an invitation to be an Honorary Councillor for
the Chinese Calligraphy Society of Singapore the following year. He serves as the secretary
for Siaw-Tao Chinese Seal-Carving, Calligraphy and Painting Society, Singapore.