2018 UOB Painting of the Year


Highly Commended
Emerging Artist Category


Artist: Chen Junyu, Ryan
Title: Unlabelled
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size (cm): 116 x 120

Unlabelled is a collection of unlabelled bottles in varied sizes, filled with water and laid out in different configurations.

To the artist, the idea of identity is a fluid one that is never fixed, just like water. Here, the water takes on whatever shapes the bottles hold, a representation of one’s search for identity while growing up, attempting to fit into the different moulds and forms as dictated by societal norms. With the labels of the bottles peeled off, the artist is also suggesting that the search for identity is an endless and uncertain one. The bottles are leaning against one another precariously, highlighting the tension and struggle people go through during this search.

Artist’s Bio

Chen Junyu, Ryan

Chen Junyu, Ryan

Mr Chen expresses his deepest emotions through his art, sharing his thoughts and perspectives on the problems faced by the people around him in his creative process. To him, art is a way to escape the struggles in life where thoughts can run wild without the fear of being judged.