2019 UOB Painting of the Year

War and Peace

2019 UOB Painting of the Year
Established Artist Category


Artist: Wong Tze Chau
Title: War and Peace
Medium: Acrylic on cotton canvas
Size (cm): 122 x 182 (Diptych)

War and Peace explores the intrinsic beauty of calligraphy and
the potential of language in contemporary art.

As a metaphor for the “Oneness of Being”, War and Peace
presents the recurring and almost binary themes of darkness
and light that often define humanity. While the Arabic and
Hebrew text stand out in contrast, they are also meant to stand
for their shared qualities such as the similarity in sounds of the
word ‘Peace’: salam in Arabic, shalom in Hebrew.

Artist’s Bio

Wong Tze Chau

Wong Tze Chau

Mr Wong draws inspiration from the German poet and philosopher, Friedrich Schiller. He strongly believes in the transformative power of arts. Since 2011, he has participated in group exhibitions locally and internationally, and held his first solo exhibition in 2018. He hopes to create artworks that are both visually appealing and thought provoking.