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"Art is not what you see but what you make others sees"
- Edgar Degas

Art In Story

These artworks are brought to life through their social messages such as #StayHome, Unity and Resilience. Featured artworks are part of the Bank’s four-decade old UOB Art Collection consisting of more than 2,500 works of art from Asia Pacific and Europe.
Title: Elephants Crossing the Water
Artist: Tang Kok Soo

Elephants Crossing the Water by Tang Kok Soo, winner of 2016 UOB Painting of the Year (Singapore), Gold Award, Established Artist Category, symbolises strength in unity and celebrates the focus needed to stay the course.
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Title: I Thought, We Can Stay Strong Like Stones
Artist: Chok Yue Zan

Depth, strength and unity of familial ties are displayed in I Thought, We Can Stay Strong Like Stones by Chok Yue Zan, top winner of 2017 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia), Established Artist Category. The rocks carved in the shape of people stand resilient amid swaying foliage, cloudy skies and rolling waters. It signifies the fortitude and determination to weather change and volatility.
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Title: Ah Ma’s Kitchen
Artist: Yeo Tze Yang

Ah Ma’s Kitchen by Yeo Tze Yang, winner of 2016 UOB Painting of the Year (Singapore), Silver Award, Established Artist Category, depicts a familiar place where he frequents - his grandmother’s kitchen. It shows the way of life for many of us.
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Title: Mata Puteh
Artist: Wee Shoo Leong

Every morning is a new beginning, bringing positivity and opportunities.

Mata Puteh by Wee Shoo Leong, winner of 1988 UOB Painting of the Year (Singapore), Certificate of Distinction Award, depicts his belief in harmonious existence as well as the simplicity and bliss in life. The various everyday objects set themselves against a blank background, giving the artwork clarity and a sense of harmony.
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Title: Unity #5
Artist: Vani Hidayatur Rahman

Unity #5 by Vani Hidayatur Rahman, winner of 2013 UOB Painting of the Year (Indonesia), Silver Award, Established Artist Category, conveys the spirit of togetherness where individuals from different backgrounds work alongside for progression and advancement.
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Title: Isolated Garden
Artist: Prabu Perdana

Isolated Garden by Prabu Perdana, winner of 2020 UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year and top winner of 2020 UOB Painting of the Year (Indonesia), Established Artist Category, demonstrates how we can show solidarity during this pandemic.
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Title: Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay United
Artist: John Soo

John Soo, winner of 2020 UOB Painting of the Year (Singapore), Silver Award, Emerging Artist Category, reminds everyone to be vigilant and to stay united through his winning artwork, Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay United.
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Title: Art Stages Pasar 2020
Artist: Zhang Chunlei

Zhang Chunlei, top winner of the 2020 UOB Painting of the Year (Singapore), Established Artist Category, conveys how unity can overcome adversity as we work together to restore life to how it was through his winning artwork Art Stages Pasar 2020.
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Title: Dining Table 2020
Artist: Chutima Na-ubon

Chutima Na-ubon, winner of the 2020 UOB Painting of the Year (Thailand), Gold Award, Emerging Artist Category, portrays the new normal through her winning artwork Dining Table 2020, in hopes of spurring everyone to play their part in reducing transmission and to get through the pandemic together.
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Painting of the Year

Driven by a passion to encourage talented artists in their creative pursuits, UnitedOverseas Bank (UOB) started the Painting of the Year competition in Singapore in 1982.Today, the annual art competition is the longest-running in Singapore and one of the most prestigious in Southeast Asia.
Held in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, the UOB Painting of the Year competition has helped to uncover a new generation of Southeast Asian artists and contributed to greater awareness and appreciation of art.

Mr Goh Beng Kwan, one of Singapore’s masters of modern art, was the inaugural winner of the competition in 1982. Mr Goh went on to receive Singapore’s most distinguished art award, the Cultural Medallion, in 1989. Other well-known artist who won the competition are the late Mr Anthony Poon and Mr Chua Ek Kay in 1983 and1991 respectively. Both artists are recipients of the Singapore Cultural Medallion.
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