Boo Sze Yang
"A painting is a projection of the artist's thoughts and does not reflect reality. It is very much like a poem, you may recognise the words but can never fully comprehend the meaning when they are arranged together."
Born 1965 in Singapore
Graduated with Diploma from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), 1991
Completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art at the University of Reading, UK in 1995
Graduated with Master in Arts Degree from Chelsea College of Art & Design, the University of the Arts London in 2004.
2017 Distinguished Alumni Medal 2017, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore.
2010 Asian Artist Fellowship Award 2010/2011, Freeman Foundation, USA.
2009 Platinum Award. UOB Painting of the Year Competition 2009
2003 Scholarship(MA Fine Art, UK) for teaching staffby Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.
2003 Bursary Award (MA Fine Art, UK), National Arts Council Singapore.
2003 Juror’s Choice. Philip Morris Singapore-Asean Art Awards 2003
2003 Certificate of Commendation. UOB 22nd Painting of the Year
2002 Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Founder’s Day Award
Distinction Award. UOB 21st Painting of the Year
2001 Honourable mention. Philip Morris Singapore Art Awards
1999 Certificate of Recognition. Philip Morris ASEAN Art Awards
1997 Certificate of Recognition. Philip Morris ASEAN Art Awards
1996 Distinction Award. UOB 15th Painting of the Year
1994 Certificate of Distinction. Philippe Charriol Art Competition.
1994 Bursary Award (Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art, UK), National Arts Council Singapore.
1993 Certificate of Commendation. UOB 12th Painting of the Year.
1993 Certificate of Distinction. Philippe Charriol Art Competition.
1990 Scholarship (Final Year) for Diploma in Fine Art, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore.
Boo’s paintings deal with a broad range of subject matters, from mundane domestic objects to images of car and airplane crash-scenes, derelict interiors of cathedrals and unpeopled chambers of shopping malls. Boo treats banal objects, modern architectural interiors and destructive scenes as metaphors for the human condition, transforming these into a symbol of contemporary life through his loose, gestural technique and use of a restrained palette to emphasize the materiality of paint.