2019 UOB Painting of the Year

The Elemental Kingdom

Established Artist Category


Artist: Gerald Tay Chao Siong
Title: The Elemental Kingdom
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size (cm): 203 x 152

The Elemental Kingdom is a culmination of different stacked figures. It aims to stimulate the viewer’s perception through intentional stacking and overlapping of figures and forms. They are overlaid and built above each other to bring about the idea of hierarchy.

Motifs of the masks are used as a representation of power dynamics – referencing façades, multiple and ever-changing personas. They are acceding and receding in the pictorial space, actively returning the gaze to the viewer to challenge the relationship between the observer and the observed.

Artist’s Bio

Gerald Tay Chao Siong

Gerald Tay Chao Siong

Mr Tay graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore in 2018. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Singapore.