2018 UOB Painting of the Year

Through the Eye of the Flower

2018 UOB Painting of the Year
Established Artist Category


Artist: Cheong Kiet Cheng
Title: Through the Eye of the Flower
Medium: Ink on canvas
Size (cm): 150 x 150

Through the Eye of the Flower is an intricate collage of ink on canvas.

Here, the artist uses a myriad of symbols inspired by nature to convey a sense of optimism in her work. Images of her two young daughters take centre stage to convey feelings of hope and the promise of a better future. On the periphery sits a crocodile, symbolising negativity, while the images of the sun and the curved whale represent the golden crescent moon and the star of the Malaysian flag.

Through these symbolic representations, the artist wants to convey the message that hope is central and all negativities should be peripheral in today’s society.

Artist’s Bio

Cheong Kiet Cheng

Cheong Kiet Cheng

Ms Cheong obtained her Diploma in Fine Art from the Dasein Academy of Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2006. She has since held three solo exhibitions and most recently exhibited her works at Art Jakarta 2018 in Indonesia. She was a finalist in the Malaysian Young Contemporary Artist Competition in 2013 and was awarded the Creative M50 Award in Shanghai, China in 2016.