2019 UOB Painting of the Year

Highly Commended
Established Artist Category


Artist: Tan Seng Kok
Title: 9th of August (9/8) #1
Medium: Mixed media on canvas (Acrylic with collage)
Size (cm): 90 x 140 (Diptych)

9th of August (9/8) #1 is inspired by the fireworks displayed during the National Day celebration in Singapore. The artist sees the brilliant vermillion and green flares for what they are; exploding minerals, crafted to resemble flowers bursting into full bloom in a fraction of a second.

Every 9th of August is a reminder that independence is valuable, and that every generation has contributed so much to creating what we have now. Through the artwork, the artist hopes that the viewers will see beyond the past, embrace the changes and appreciate the present.

Artist’s Bio

Tan Seng Kok

Tan Seng Kok

Mr Tan is a multidisciplinary artist who graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from Birmingham City University, United Kingdom in 2012. His research focuses on exploring alternative ways to look at society’s existing power and structural dynamics. His artworks have been exhibited in Singapore, Asia and Europe.