Yeo Siak Goon
Siak Goon’s love for nature and his fascination with tropical islands has defined his style. The gentle nude figures of his painting sit serene in sunlight and shadow, half hidden, and half revealed by a play of colours over form. Set in his favoured littoral environment, Siak Goon’s models live out their languid days amidst luxuriant vegetation, traditional beachfront architecture, azure skies, and turquoise seas. The nudes sit just so amidst a littoral landscape alive with the grit of wet sand, the smell of salt breeze, the taste of seaweed and the roar of the surf. With his visual elements arranged with exquisite poise, the architect of the paintings frames his curvaceous subjects with the linear architecture of Malay village huts. Siak Goon backgrounds the islands and coconut trees with the domesticity of pet cats, tables and chairs in the foreground; accentuated by light and shadows in colours warm and cool, playing with the tangible form amidst negative space. The bareness of his models also allows them to be one with nature, melting seamlessly into the surroundings. Occasionally the artist places his form as a discreet observer into the painting, into the very art and environment that he is so passionate about.
Yeo Siak Goon 杨昔银 was born in 1957, Malaysia, and presently lives and works in Singapore. His works have featured in innumerable art exhibitions both locally and overseas, and he has represented Singapore in New York, France, the Netherlands, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Brunei, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and China. He won the Dr Tan Tze Chor Art Award from the Singapore Art Society (1984, 1986, 2011), was highly commended in the Australian Art Competition (1985) and IBM Singapore Art Award (1987), and won first prize in the Figurative Category of the UOB Painting of the Year competition (1990). Siak Goon’s works have also been collected by the National Museum Art Gallery, United Overseas Bank, International Enterprise Singapore, Agung Rai Art Museum, Bali, American Club, Cathay Organization, Pontiac Marina and several local and overseas collectors.
He has held three solo exhibitions in 2007, 2009 and 2010.
Studio: 10 Kampong Eunos, Singapore, 417775
Contact:+65 9127 1394