Singapore | 1959

Tung Yue Nang’s interest and practice in Tao Te Ching philosophy has had a great impact and influence on his artistic pursuits and direction. Initially focusing on traditional Chinese painting, Tung’s artistic philosophy of reconciling art with life, enabled him to combine Western art concepts and media with Chinese art styles and expression. The Tao philosophy focuses on harmony and tranquillity amidst chaos and disorder, which is reflected in Tung’s art in his choice of subjects and composition. His experiment with acrylic and mixed media paintings eventually led to his One series of paintings, and later his Peranakan series. His latest painting exploration in dry brush Chinese painting culminates in the Journal series. Simply using Chinese ink, brush and rice paper, Tung captures Singapore scenes exactly as they appear right now in the present, because “Today is Yesterday’s future and Tomorrow’s history”. Indeed, Tung has found his harmony and tranquillity amidst the city’s chaos and disorder – chronicling Singapore for tomorrow’s prosperity. 


1970s    Tutelage under Shi Xiang Tuo and Ng Eng Teng; he was taught Chinese Painting, Calligraphy, Seal Carving, Engraving, The art of Ceramics and Sculpture.

1977    Meritorious Award, Beautiful Singapore River Art Competition

1985    Commendation Award, UOB Painting of the Year Competition

2002    Dr Tan Tze Chor Art Award (Chinese Painting)

2014    Dr Tan Tze Chor Art Award (Chinese Painting)


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2014    Silence: Ink Paintings by Tung Yue Nang, Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery, Singapore

2003    Baba & Nonya: Double Happiness, Paragon Atrium, Singapore

2002    Chinatown My Chinatown, Paragon Atrium, Singapore

1997    Baba & Nonya: The Art of Tung Yue Nang, Orchard Point, Singapore

1989    “One”, Pavillion Hotel, Singapore.

1988    Space & Time, Pavillion Hotel, Singapore

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014    Impressionist Contemporary, Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery, ION Orchard, Singapore 

2002     Naked Perfection, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore 

1999     President’s Charity Art Exhibition, Singapore

1997     Of Things Peranakan Art Exhibition, Singapore

1993     New Age: A New Art Movement Exhibition, Singapore

1990     9th UOB Painting of the Year, Singapore

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