April Ng Kiow Ngor
Born 1963 in Singapore
Graduated with Diploma in Fine Art (Western Painting), Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Singapore, 1989
Graduated with Master of Fine Art (Printmaking), The Slade School of Fine Art (UCL), UK, 1993
Received Higher Diploma in Printmaking (Equivalent status and standard to MFA), The Slade School of Fine Art (UCL), UK
Part-time lecturer in National Institute of Education, LASALLE SIA College of the Arts, and NAFA
April Ng Kiow Ngor specialises in monotype and intaglio printing, though her focus in recent years is almost entirely on the latter. Her imagery explores the concept of infusion with a sense of space and spatiality, contemplating the process through which humans and other organisms become more aware of the relative positions of their own bodies and the objects around them that are important for movement and orientation within the environment. Through her work, April draws attention to the overloading and numbing of the modern city dweller, and how living within a fast-paced urban ecosystem has deprived us of things we once believed to be permanently ours.
Since pursuing her Master’s Degree in Fine Art (Printmaking) in the UK, April has come to appreciate the richness and transformative potential of printmaking. The distillation of abstracted landscapes into movements and forms captured in the layering of chromatic textures made possible through a combination of printmaking techniques is at the forefront of her creative practice. They demonstrate a mastery of the print medium at investigating the wonders of natural phenomena and an understanding of the intricate relationship between dots, lines, colours and space.
2016 Third Prize - 2nd Asean Graphic Art Competition and Exhibition, Vietnam
2001 Honourable Mention Award, Philip Morris Group of Companies Singapore Art Award 2001/2002, Singapore
1997 Honourable Mention Award, Philip Morris Group of Companies Singapore Art Award, Singapore
1996 Distinction Award in The UOB 15th Painting of The Year Exhibition, Singapore
1993 Distinction Award in The Painting Category, Philippe Charriol Foundation Contemporary Art Competition, Singapore
1994 Distinction Award in the Painting Category, Philippe Charriol Foundation Contemporary Art Competition, Singapore
1994 Merit Award in Singapore Urban-art Competition, Singapore
1994 Winner’s Award in Tokyo Urban-art Competition, Japan
Solo Exhibitions & Commissioned Project
2019 April Ng Kiow Ngor: Salient Traces, AC43 Gallery, Singapore
2016 Release of No Trace, Merlin Gallery, Singapore
2012 dot line plane, Art 2 Gallery, Singapore
2003 Art in Transit - North East Line MRT (Woodleigh Station), Land Transport Authority, Singapore Wall Mural for RSAF Museum, Singapore
1998 TWO, Substation Art Gallery, Singapore
1997 Member’s Wall, Edinburgh Printmaker Workshop, U.K
1994 Stiftelsen 3.14, Bergen, Norway
Selected Group Exhibitions
2018 BON á TIRER: Original Prints by Chen Shitong, April Ng, Tan Seow Wei & Zhang Fuming, AC43 Gallery,
2018 Motionless Boundary 静界, Daxin Museum of Art, Tainan, Taiwan.
2018 9th International Printmaking Biennial, Douro 2018, Portugal
2018 Painters, Nakata Museum, Onomichi, Japan
2018 International Biennial Print Exhibit: 2018 ROC, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan
2018 16 times ART. WeiBenthurm, Germany
2016 Asian Graphic Art Competition and Exhibition, Vietnam
2015 The 15th International Print Exhibition cum Workshop, WooJaegil Art Museum, Korea.
2015 The 9th International Contemporary Printmaking Biennale, Trois-Rivières, Canada
2012 1st Macau Printmaking Triennial, Old Court Building, Avenida da Praia Grande, Macau
2007 Limited/Unlimited: The 27th Anniversary Exhibition of Printmaking Society, Singapore Tyler Print Institute,
2002 NAFA Art Showcase @ Women Inspire Expo 2002, Singapore
1996 The 5th Scottish print Open, Touring Exhibition, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Inverness, Aberdeen,
1992 The 224th Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, U.K.
1989 The Artists Village 2nd Open Studio Show, Singapore