2018 UOB Painting of the Year


Highly Commended
Established Artist Category


Artist: Loh Fah Rong, Esmond
Title: Migration
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Size (cm): 130 x 100

Migration is an exploration of mankind’s relationship with nature, and an expression of its imbalance and destruction.

The artwork, roused by the artist’s distress towards the illegal poaching of migratory song birds in the Mediterranean region, depicts various methods hunters use to trap birds, such as using mist nets. Birds that are caught are often sold in the black market as pets or local delicacies. Through the depiction of cruelty and savagery in Migration, the artist hopes to create awareness towards human destruction of the environment, which is increasingly becoming more prevalent and widespread.

Artist’s Bio

Loh Fah Rong, Esmond

Loh Fah Rong, Esmond

Mr Loh’s passion for art was ignited when he joined the art programme in his alma mater, the St. Joseph’s Institution. Since then, Mr Loh has taken part in both solo and group exhibitions and was also the winner of the 2012 UOB Painting of the Year (Singapore) competition.