Visual Arts Centre

A Brush with Water

5 October to 8 October 2017


Proudly presented by Utterly Art – A Brush with Water showcases the fine watercolour works by five watercolourists – Chuah Teong Meow, Leong Chye Chye, Lok Kerk Hwang, Shan Hong and Tan Suz Chiang. A brush holding water and paint is pregnant with possibilities. But it requires the intercession of a master technician to unlock these possibilities into an image that we can understand, appreciate and be inspired by. An encounter with the five watercolourists of A Brush with Water reveals masters whose paintings run the gamut of experiential possibilities, from impressionistic abstraction to hard-edged hyperrealism.

Be immersed in the beautiful universe of watercolour and discover the watercolour styles of these masters hailing from Singapore, Malaysia and China.

Exhibition View


Chuah Teong Meow 蔡长妙

Born in 1974, Perak, Malaysia, Teong Meow is a self-taught artist. He is a member of the Singapore Watercolour Society, Malaysian Watercolour Society, Penang Watercolour Society and North Kedah Art Society. Teong Meow held two solos in Kuala Lumpur (2009 & 2012) and one in Penang (2011). His work was juried into The American Watercolor Society 147th Annual International Exhibition in 2014 and Taiwan World Watercolor Competition Exhibition in 2016. He also actively participates in various International Watercolour Invited Exhibitions in China, Korea, Japan, Bangkok & Nepal. Teong Meow loves quiet and tranquil surroundings.

He is a nature lover and has his own insights on natural elements especially on water and stones. His paintings convey the zen-like beauty of nature, beauty that is beyond the spoken word, where stillness and movement intertwine across space and time. His works inspire people to better appreciate and treasure the boundless beauty of nature.

Leong Chye Chye

Born in 1948, Chye Chye is a local Singapore watercolourist. He has considered transparent watercolor his primary medium with a traditional style since early 1975 when he started exploring the landscape and street scene of Singapore. He exhibited his first solo exhibition in 2012 – ‘彩绘狮城360°’ / Singapura on Canvas 360°’, and has participated in the group exhibitions ‘Singapore Teachers’ Art Exhibition’, ‘Memories By The Lake Exhibition’, ‘Art Exhibition by 7 Artists’,’ Art for Everyone Exhibition’, ‘Colours of Rhythm Watercolour Exhibition and Let’s Just Paint Exhibition’.

He was awarded a National Day Art Exhibition Special Award in 1978 and a Certificate of Commendation (Open Section) for the 1982 Painting of The Year Competition jointly organised by Ministry of Culture and UOB, Singapore. His works have been collected by the Ministry of Education, Port of Singapore Authority and several private individuals.

Lok Kerk Hwang

Born in 1973, Johor, Malaysia, Kerk Hwang is an internationally-known award-winning watercolour artist. He is the Global Ambassador of Mijello Mission Watercolour from Korea and Signature Member of The Allied Artists of America, Inc., Missouri Watercolor Society & Pennsylvania Watercolor Society. He is also a member of the Singapore Watercolour Society and Malaysian Watercolour Society. Lok actively participates in International Juried Exhibitions and Art Expos and has won over 20 Awards in many prestigious worldwide competitions. Lok is a regular invitation artist to many established International Exhibitions.

His painting was on the cover of leading European Watercolour Magazine “The Art of Watercolour” 16th Issue September 2014 with a 6-page article, and recently a 4-paged featured article on 26th Issue, March 2017. He is included in the Russian / English bilingual book “24 Masters of Watercolor: From East to West” published in 2015. Kerk Hwang’s works are in the collections of corporations, governments, schools and many private individuals worldwide.

Shan Hong

Born in 1973, Qingdao, China, Shan Hong is an artist active on the international scene. He is currently the only PhD candidate from China majoring in art philosophy and anthropology at Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, where he makes intensive study of watercolor art. While pursuing his education there, he has organized quite a few high-profile international watercolor exchange and seminar events, and has launched a highly celebrated WeChat account specializing in watercolor, making tremendous contributions to the development of watercolor in China and the rest of the world.

He is currently a faculty member of the Watercolor Division of Qingdao University Fine Art College, Executive Director of Sino-European Shandong Cultural, Economic and Trade Promotion Society, Deputy Director of Qingdao Contemporary Art Association and Deputy Secretary-General of the Shandong Watercolor Painting Association. He is also a member of the China Artists Association, the US-based National Watercolor Society and the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society.

Shan Hong is the recipient of many awards at various national and international exhibitions. Some 100 paintings, many papers and review articles have been published in various media (newspapers, magazines, and art journals) at national, provincial, and municipal levels. Paintings have featured in several leading websites of China, and been collected by art institutions, museums, galleries, and individual collectors. He is the author of various publications, e.g., “Collected Works of Contemporary Artists – Shan Hong”, “Oil Paintings by Shan Hong” and “Shan Hong: A Master Watercolorist”.

Tan Suz Chiang

Born in 1974, Johor, Malaysia, Suz Chiang graduated from the Central Academy of Art (Malaysia). He is the Global Ambassador of Mijello Mission Watercolour from Korea and Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society & National Watercolor Society. He is also the member of the Australia Watercolor Institute, Malaysian Watercolor Society and Singapore Watercolor Society.

Chiang actively participates in International Juried Exhibitions and art expos. He won more than 30 prestigious watercolor competition awards.

Chiang was the featured cover artist for the August 2015 issue of “Watercolor Artist magazine” and in the 2014/15 issue 17 French publication “The Art of Watercolor “. Chiang’s work has been published in North Light Books, Splash 17 & Splash 18 and Asia Art News.

Exhibition Details

Exhibition: A Brush with Water
5 Oct – 8 Oct 2017 I 11am – 8pm I Visual Arts Centre I Free admission

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