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Hong Sek Chern

"I attempt to use painting as a means to make sense of the world by enabling some forms of relationship amongst images, gestures, and surfaces with ink, pigments, and paper."


  • Born 1967 in Singapore

  • Graduated with Bachelor of Science from National University of Singapore under PSC Teaching Bursary, 1989 

  • Graduated from National Institute of Education (Singapore), 1990

  • Graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, 1995

  • Graduated with M.A. in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London under the Chen Chong Swee Overseas Art Scholarship, 1998

  • Graduated with a M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, 2004


2014 UOB Painting of the Year: Gold Award by UOB Group (Singapore)

2007 UOB Painting of the Year: 26th UOB Painting of the Year Award by UOB Group (Singapore)

2006 1st Prize Representational Category UOB Painting of the Year Award by UOB Group (Singapore)

2000 Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council (Singapore)

1999 Honourable Mention (2 awards) “1999 Singapore Turf Club Art Competition”

1999 Juror’s Choice: Singapore Art Awards 99 by the Philip Morris Group of Companies

1998 Juror’s Prize: Singapore Art Awards 98 by the Philip Morris Group of Companies

1997 1st Prize (Representational Category): 18th Painting of the Year Competition by UOB Group (Singapore)

1996 Top Prize, Philippe Charriol Foundation Contemporary Art Competition

1996 Juror’s Choice Award, Philippe Morris Singapore Art Awards

1996 1st Prize (Representational Category), 18th UOB Painting of the Year Competition, Singapore

1995 Chen Chong Swee Overseas Art Scholarship by Chen Chong Swee Foundation and NAC

1995 1st Prize (Representational Category): Expression in Art by Singapore Telecom

Hong Sek Chern is a highly acclaimed third-generation artist who has established a unique pictorial style. A multi-award winning painter, she is most well known for her unconventional depictions of landscapes and urbanscapes in traditional Chinese ink. Her paintings usually reflect a masterful interplay of architectural blocks and lines, and are infused with multi-point perspectives that sometimes collapse into one another.

In 2002, Hong was selected to represent Singapore to exhibit at the 25th Sao Paulo Biennale, held in Brazil. From 2004-06, she was also the Head of Programme for Diploma in Fine Art at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore. Her works are collected by the Singapore Art Museum, Taipei Fine Art Museum, National Arts Council (Singapore), and several other institutions and private collectors.