United Overseas Bank Limited


United We Stand
He Shu
Chinese ink on rice paper
69 x 91 cm
United We Stand, a Highly Commended artwork of the 2020 UOB Painting of the Year (Singapore) competition, Established Artist Category, is the design inspiration for this year’s Annual Report. Ms He Shu’s artwork reflects the strength of the human spirit in overcoming difficulties, especially in a tumultuous year beset by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Through the orchids blossoming in the harsh environment, Ms He plants in our minds the power and beauty of solidarity. The butterflies symbolise how the smallest effort can seed the biggest impact. In the words of the artist, “Where there are winds of change, we shall press on with great fortitude to find new waves of transformation. Adapt and learn fast in this changing world, turn anxiety into action, turn waste into energy, turn challenges into opportunities.”

Likewise, in 2020, UOB continued to forge ahead sustainably, relying on our time-tested values, strong balance sheet, robust risk management approach and entrepreneurial roots to guide our customers, colleagues and the community through to better times.

As the leading patron of art in Asia, UOB sees the value of art for its power to unify, to heal and to open us to possibilities. In its 39th year in 2020, the Bank’s flagship art programme, the UOB Painting of the Year competition is currently held across four Southeast Asian markets in which UOB has a deep presence.