Hour at the museum

The Cultural Medallion Visual Arts 1979-2015 exhibition in the Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Nafa) brings together the works of 38 Cultural Medallion recipients throughout the decades. Their works explore themes such as urbanisation and heritage as well as nostalgia and longing in a rapidly changing Singapore.

BOAT QUAY, SINGAPORE RIVER (2014)

By Ong Kim Seng

Watercolour

53x73cm

Inspired by his frequent walks along the banks of the Singapore River, the 1990 Cultural Medallion recipient seeks to capture the light in the morning and the sense of excitement that comes with the start of a new day.


EVENING PATTERN (1950)

By Chua Soo Bin

35mm black-and-white film

on inkjet print

100x71cm

The fine art photographer and 1988 Cultural Medallion recipient shot this at East Coast Park during the evening low tide.


LITTLE INDIA FRUIT STALL (1986)

  • Nur Asyiqin Mohamad Salleh

  • WHERE: The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1 and 2, Nafa Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street

    MRT: Bras Basah

    WHEN: Till Feb 14, 11am to 7pm (Tuesday to Sunday), closed on Monday and public holiday

    ADMISSION: Free

By Tan Choh Tee

Oil on canvas

53x65cm

The 2006 Cultural Medallion recipient, known for his Impressionist-style oil paintings immortalising old Singapore landscapes long gone, showcases with this painting his spontaneity and love of vibrant colours, with his quick brush strokes and vivid palette.


OLD STREET SCENE SERIES: OLD SHOP HOUSE (2001)

By Chua Ek Kay

Ink and pigment on paper

98x81.5cm

The artist, who was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 1999, imagines the urban street scene as a Chinese shan shui hua (mountain and water landscape), using rich ink and smudged strokes to depict old buildings in a poetic rendering of his surroundings.


PORTRAIT WITH TABLE (2014)

By Milenko Prvacki

Acrylic on linen

200x200cm

Playing deftly with shapes, textures and colour, the 2012 Cultural Medallion recipient pieces together a complex universe associated with the table, not only as a frame, but also as a metaphoric universe.


PU6 ON 6P WAVES (1989)

By Anthony Poon

Acrylic on canvas

87x87x13cm

This textured, engaging 3D piece is characterised by the artist's distinctive use of geometry. One of Singapore's pioneer abstract artists, who was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 1990, he used a mathematical approach to achieve the shapes and colours in the piece.


FLORA OF RAINFOREST SERIES: 8 (2015)

By Han Sai Por

Marble

28x35x27cm

The artist, known for her stone sculptures depicting organic forms and elements of nature such as flora and fauna, was conferred the Cultural Medallion in 1995. With this work representing the tropical rainforest, she expresses a sense of loss and longing for a more spiritual form of interaction with the radically changing landscape of Singapore.



PHOTOS: NANYANG ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS

CBD 2020 (2013)

By Thomas Yeo

Acrylic on canvas

140x100cm

The artist, who received the Cultural Medallion in 1984, illustrates blocks of "monsters" against an orange sky, representing sunrise and a new day of change in an environment where buildings are constantly being torn down or built up.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 01, 2016, with the headline 'Hour at the museum'. Print Edition | Subscribe