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Hong Sek Chern

  • 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, Singapore, 1995

  • Graduated with a 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


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, the National Arts Council Singapore, and several other institutions and private collectors.

Notable Awards

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

2007  26th UOB Painting of the Year Award: UOB Painting of the Year (Singapore)
2006  1st Prize, Representational Category: UOB Painting of the Year (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
1996  Top Prize, Philippe Charriol Foundation Contemporary Art Competition
1996  Juror’s Choice Award, Philippe Morris Singapore Art Awards
1995  Chen Chong Swee Overseas Art Scholarship by Chen Chong Swee Foundation and NAC
  1st Prize, Representational Category: Expression in Art by Singapore Telecomms

Selected Solo & Group Exhibitions

2016  Urbanscape Duet: A Joint Exhibition of Anthony Chua and Hong Sek Chern’s New Ink Works, AC43 Gallery, Singapore

2015  Lost City 3, Chan Hampe Galleries, Singapore

2015  Scholars and Ink, NUS Museum, Singapore

2015  City Landscape: Joint Exhibition by Chua Say Hua and Hong Sek Chern, UOB Art Gallery, Singapore

2015  Urban Rambles, Ernst and Young Art Space, Singapore, organised by EY ASEAN Art Outreach

2014  2+2, artspace@222, Singapore, organised by Chryse Gallery of Fine Art

2013  Squaring the Circle: Contemporary Art from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, One East Asia, Gallery 8, London, U.K.

2013  Sleepless in the City, Art-2 Gallery, Singapore

2011  Globalisation of Asian Culture: 26th Asian International Art Exhibition, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Art Center, South Korea

2011  Raised Tumpal, Art-2 Gallery, Singapore

2010  Constructed Interiors, Utterly Art, Singapore

2009  NUS Alumni Art Exhibition, NUS Cultural Centre, Singapore

2009  Artist Feature, Art-2 Gallery, Singapore

2008  On Borrowed Skies, Jendela Visual Arts Space, Singapore, by Cristal Caritas Trust

2007  Singapore Art Exhibition, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

2006  5th International Ink Painting Biennial of Shenzhen, Shenzhen, China

2006  12th International Biennial Print and Drawing Exhibit 2006, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

2004  Heartland Karuizawa Drawing Biennale 2005, Wakita Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan

2003  11th International Biennial Print and Drawing Exhibit 2003, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

2002  25th Sao Paolo Biennial, Sao Paolo, Brazil

2001  President Young Talent Show, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

2000  Portrait Sayang , Utterly Art, Singapore

1999  Modern Monuments, Telok Kurau Studios Gallery, Singapore

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