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Throwing the spotlight on forgotten art masters

Chieu Shuey Fook, Goh Ee Choo and Wee Kong Chai have left important marks in Singapore's visual arts history

Published on Jul 8, 2014 1:35 PM

Art of the here and now is often an obsession with what is hot, new and young.

From budding artists bursting onto the scene to upcoming art stars showing off fresh work, the contemporary art world resists being of the past.

Singapore's visual arts landscape has similarly lapsed into amnesia from time to time, spurning what has been done before for a heady taste of the innovative, and the giddy pace at which new artists and art forms emerge.

But things are changing.

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Background story

"If I do a show, it must stand out... You don't want people to say it's the same old stuff."

Chieu Shuey Fook on why he does not mind being out of the arts' limelight. Since becoming a full-time artist in 1984, he has expanded his body of work to include enamel-and-glass on tile compositions

"Change is important - you cannot keep doing the same thing. But you can never get serious about your work if you are always caught up with trends."

Sculptor Wee Kong Chai on how new materials, methods and conceptual ways of thinking about sculpture have dominated the scene in the last few decades