Since establishment in 2015 NPE Art Residency has hand selected contemporary artists in Singapore, inviting them to expand, nurture and develop their skills, whilst collaborating with other creatives and NPE's fine art digital print and paper experts. Our studio has more in-house facilities than any other art studio in Singapore.
With the 2017 addition of the public gallery we are opening up this incredibly exciting, creative, exploratory space to a wider audience: enabling artists to showcase their resulting works, the new directions of their artistic practice, as well as give insight into their creative practice.
More about NPE Art Residency and our history here.
> Of Bonding and Breaking
NPE Art Residency is pleased to invite you to Kiwha Lee Blocman and Chloe Po’s joint exhibition, Of Bonding And Breaking!
The polarities between bonding and breaking seemingly intertwine in the realm of the art-making process. Although each action is theoretically independent of one another, they unsurprisingly share a unique relationship through the lens of art - in this instance, challenging visual perception vis-a-vis cultural perceptions as well as connecting fantasy with time.
The liminal space between bonding and breaking is where artists Kiwha Lee Blocman and Chloe Po operate. A ‘culture miner’ raised on four continents, Kiwha thrives on original experiments that play on edges and binaries. No stranger to the arts in its myriad expressions and inspirations, her visual language consisting of “glazed color chords” and “shape rhymes” allows one to form individual narratives to the works in harmonious totality. The unexpected interactions within the layers of Kiwha’s paintings are akin to solving a kind of puzzle. Chloe’s fascination with time in fantasy results in a delight of paintings that capture fragmented gestures and sculptures produced from deconstructing fragile materials like tissue and thread. The phenomenological experience of time in dreams is broken down and reconnected in reality by working between abstraction and figuration - critiquing the possibilities of alternating states of consciousness that conditions fantasy and its continuous presence.
Of Bonding and Breaking is interested in fluid interplay and overlaps of key characters over multiple generations as much as it explores the ethereal world created through poetic imagination. This exhibition invites one to question the modus operandi of the images perceived amongst us while also looking within to search for answers in dreams and fantasy.
Come join us for the opening reception with the artists on:
Thurs, 10th Jan 2019 at 6.30pm
39 Kallang Place S(339169)
The exhibition continues 11th Jan 2019 - 8th Mar 2019
All are welcome.
An exhibition by Eunice Lim
Opening Reception: 16th Aug 2018, 6:30pm - 10:00pm, NPE Gallery
Exhibition dates: 17th Aug - 26th Sep 2018, Mon- Fri 10.00am - 6.00pm (Level 2) and by appointment
Previous Artists in Residence
Yeoh Wee Whee
Yeoh Wee Hwee graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons – 1st Class) Fine Art with Contemporary Writing from University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom, in 2006. After receiving her Art Bursary (Oversea) in 2007 from Singapore National Arts Council, she continued to pursue her masters degree in Fine Art from The Glasgow School of Art, United Kingdom, and graduated in 2009. She is currently a part-time lecturer in LASALLE College of the Arts and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.
Wee's practice enquires into the idea of becoming through a work intensive operation on displacement and transgression. Nothing is stable, things are constantly in a state of becoming; in a state of flux where one never cease to slip and transform into another. The qualities and functions of the mass-produced materials used in our everyday lives are examined, exploited and challenged during the process of her exploration in order to transform them into objects, sculptures and installations overlaid with contradictions and ambiguity.
Wee's work received Honourable Mention for Singapore Philip Morris Arts Award in 2005 and NAFA President Award in 2006. Amongst the group shows she participated, there were "Set It Up and Go", APS Artnews Projects + Twinspace in Germany, "CHAIRITY2012" Red Dots Design Museum in Singapore, "Take Me Places" Singapore Art Museum, "These Sacred Things" Esplanade and "South By Southeast : Art from Singapore" Yibo Gallery, Shanghai. She also collaborated with young children and residents to create an installation and large format wall mural during the Passion Arts Festival 2014 and 2015.
Justin Lee is a Singaporean visual artist and designer. He has participated in numerous artist-in- residence progammes in Japan (Fukuoka, Studio Kura-2012/14, Itoshima Art Farm-2014, and Tokyo Youkobo-2013). After his graduation with a Diploma in Visual Arts (Fine Arts), he was one of the selected local artists trained at the Tyler Print Institute in New York. Over the years, he has participated in numerous exhibitions held in Singapore and internationally (2000-2002).
As one of Singapore's foremost pop artist whose design
projects reflect a fine sense of contemporary design flavoured with an essence
of Singapore traditions, Justin's work deserves accolades as both designer and
artist. His approach to design is executed with current graphic fundamentals
yet reflecting traditional techniques such as his on-going series based on
paper-cutting and Chinese woodblock printing styles. The themes and imagery
with which he interprets his commissioned design work underscore familiar Asian
cultures with a delightful pop treatment that celebrates Asian values in an
endearing tongue in cheek manner.
Justin is both an accomplished artist and graphic designer
whose work has been recognised through commissions by SAM, the Esplanade and
the New Majestic Hotel. Earlier in his career, he had been handpicked as one of
6 of the STPI's first interns to work with world renowned artists such as Frank
Stella and Donald Sultan. He believes that art play an important part in
helping people to grow and to see the important role play and awareness of
themselves. His works also reflect on words and images from the mass media like
signage, billboards and consumer products which control our thoughts and
Merryn Trevethan (Australia b. 1976) Since relocating to Singapore in 2014, she has been commissioned by Facebook to create murals for their Singapore offices (2015 and 2016) and was awarded first prize for DRIVE - Public Art Open Call at Gillman Barracks, Singapore (2015). Trevethan holds Masters of Fine Art (by research) from Monash University (2005).
Recent solo exhibitions include Provable Falsehoods (2017) Fox Galleries, Melbourne; The Party's Over (2016) Australian High Commission, Singapore; Thanks For The Downgrade... (You Should All Be Fired!) at Fehily Contemporary (2013). Recent group exhibitions include Abstraction 2018 at Five Walls Projects, Melbourne; Apertures, Yeo Workshop, Singapore (2017); Of Colour and Light, Yarra Sculpture Gallery (2016); Colour In, 120 Langford (2013) and LINE, Wyndham Art Gallery (2013). Find Merryn's artwork at merryntrevethan.com
Joel Yuen (Singapore b.1983) studied at NTU's School of Art, Design & Media with a major in Photography & Digital Imaging (BFA), and received his MA Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art & Design (London). Yuen has been focusing his practice on social issues within the context of Singapore, and how the work challenges the established norms of visual perception and understanding. His preferred medium is photography, video, and sculpture.
Yuen is a recipient of the Artists and Collectors Exchange Bursaries Award (London), and winner of the 27th UOB Painting Of The Year Competition (Singapore). Notable exhibitions include The Singapore Show: Future Proof at Singapore Art Museum at 8Q (Singapore), Farewell to Experience, Lanzhou Foto (China), and Nouvelles Vagues: File Not Found at Palais de Tokyo (Paris). Find Joel's artwork at Joel Yuen | LensCulture
Dreams of Artist
Dreamers are a bunch of multi-talented artists who have extreme passion in art and design decided to group and explore art together to form an inspiring dream for their audience. Find Dream of Artist's artwork at dreamsofartists
HannaMi Kim is a painter and illustrator who has taken the plunge into the world of art after successful careers in banking, publishing and owning a hip café.
Having lived for spells in Korea and Hong Kong and now happy to be in Singapore, her art reflects her endless optimism and abundance of energy. She inter-weaves lines, colors and objects with energy, some of it tinged with shades of tradition and culture, but always reflecting the artist’s character and perceived world view, shaped by her life journey and myriad experiences. Find HannaMi's artwork at hannamikim.com
Mauro De Giorgi
Mauro De Giorgi is an international artist whose works have been displayed in Italy (Venice Biennale), United Kingdom (London), Japan (Tokyo), Switzerland (Art Basel) and Singapore, where he currently resides.
In 2015 he was selected by the Benetton Art Foundation to exhibit at the Venice Biennale. One of his artworks has been published in Benetton Collection book ‘Preastigium’. Later the same year he moved to Tokyo (Japan) in order to extend his research into Japanese aesthetics, working with various local artists including well-known sumi master Shukou Tsuchiya, and exhibiting across Tokyo.
One of his artworks was sold to international jazz singer Aki Yashiro.
Mauro’s practice of art is a constant attempt to achieve balance and purity through a minimal yet experimental approach which also includes ancient techniques such as sumi (calligraphy ink), gyotaku (fish printing) and iwa enogu (mineral pigments).
He has also worked as a creative for brands such as Michelin, L’Oreal, FIAT and Nestle’. Find Mauro's artwork at maurodegiorgi.com
Billy Soh is a multi-disciplinary artist working within the realms of photography, paper making, sound and installation art. He is a chairman of the Singapore Contemporary Young Artists, and is also a co-founder of the Playitforwardsg initiative that intervenes in public places, turning them into music-making spaces through public piano installations.
Clicking away behind the camera since the tender age of 14, Billy believes that the lens could capture more than the human eye could perceive, and the mind could conjure up more than what the camera could capture. He constantly explores the essence of photography as a medium, and is currently developing a photographic practice that stays true to its roots as an artform instead of mere documentation.
Born 1992, is a multidisciplinary artist-curator and educator born in Shanghai and currently based in Singapore. Megan’s practice uses a mix of digital and analog approaches to create her work. Her practice aims to articulate the ways in which people organise their memories, aspirations and culture, challenging commonly held beliefs in a humorous manner. Graduating from Central Saint Martins College of the Arts in 2015, Megan has since presented her work at SCOUT: Emerging Art Practices in Singapore (2016), OH!pen Call (2016) and SingaPlural (2017). Find Megan's artwork at hanqingmiao.com
Born 1992, is a Singaporean artist who graduated with a BA Fine Art (Honours) Degree from Goldsmiths College, London in 2015. She is interested in the practice of walking – the experience of the walking process disrupted by the medium format camera, which serves as a mediating device between the image and the experience. Her practice questions the concept of spaces and explores ways of looking at images. Since graduation, she has presented her work in various exhibitions including OH!pen Call (2016) in Potong Pasir and eco.me as part of ILight Marina Bay (2017). Find Joscelin's artwork at joscelinchew.net
Born 1990, London. Currently based in Singapore. She graduated from her Masters (2014) from The Slade School of Fine Art, having received the Euan Uglow Memorial Scholarship. She completed her BFA (2012) from The University of Brighton with First Class Honours, during which time she spent a semester abroad at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel.
She is currently the Artist in Residence at The Winstedt School, Singapore. Her work has been exhibited internationally with exhibitions in Singapore, Italy, USA, Israel and the UK. Upcoming exhibitions include The Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair (London), and a solo presentation at The Affordable Art Fair (SG). Find Chloë's artwork at chloemanasseh.com
Hélène Le Chatelier
Nicola Anthony (b.1984) is a London-born artist currently based in Singapore. She studied at the University of the Arts London and Loughborough University. Nicola’s artistic practice explores assemblages, kinetic and light sculpture, weaving, and incense-burning on calligraphy papers. She has exhibited internationally in UK, USA and around Asia and Europe in places like Tate Modern, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Shinjuku Creators Fiesta and Aceh Tsunami Museum amongst others. Nicola’s public sculptures and large scale installations have also been commissioned by Singapore’s National Art Council, Marina Bay (Singapore), SG50, Singapore Sports Council and Sentosa Island.
The completion of her NPE Art Residency programme in Singapore culminated in an exhibition at Intersections Gallery titled Intersection, with her poet collaborator Marc Nair, in Jan-March 2017. Find Nicola's artwork at nicolaanthony.com
Chu Hao Pei
Chu Hao Pei (b.1990) is an artist based in Singapore. Formally trained in Interactive Media, Hao Pei began his practice under the School of Art, Design & Media in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His body of works investigates the intervention of a state, culture and nature. The conflicts and tensions arising from the interventions implore him on a fact-finding journey, uncovering various aesthetic strategies in the process. More critically, Hao Pei’s works examine the loss, or potential loss, of nature and cultural heritage as a tactic to draw attention to wider issues of environmental and cultural loss.
Chu Hao Pei completed the series Spaces. Places. Memories. during his residency at NPE, which was exhibited in International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA) Hong Kong 2016 and Survey: Space, Sharing, Haunting at the Substation Gallery, Singapore. Find Hao Pei's work at chuhaopei.tumblr.com
Dora Ho (B. 1993 Hong Kong) graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts in 2014 with a BA (Hons) Degree in Fashion Design and Textiles, majoring in fashion textiles.
Dora is NPE's first designer in residence, she is the founder of d o r a . , a label which produces textiles and paper goods.
Drawing from her background in textiles design and her interest in typography, she sets out to create a theme that combines hand illustrated florals and brush lettered words, and in the process she found her calling in wedding design.
Based in Singapore, d o r a . offers customised wedding essentials including invitations, R.S.V.P. cards, envelopes, menus, custom themed maps, custom wedding favours and much more. d o r a . also provides other design services and takes on other design projects. Dora also conducts brush lettering, illustration and textiles workshops at various venues in Singapore.
Find her work at doraprintsandpapergoods.tictail.com
Dr. Nadine Caloc
Dr. Nadine Caloc is a French artist living in Singapore, she graduated with honors from IBA Fine Arts Institute - Lebanese University of Beirut- in 1999, specialising in drawing and painting. She pursued her studies in Paris since 2000 in Art History, then Visual Arts and Aesthetics. She graduated in 2014 from the Sorbonne University of Paris with a PhD degree in Visual Arts, Aesthetics and Art Science, with a very honorable distinction.
Beside her theoretical studies, Dr. Nadine has devoted her career to painting and art teaching, she also participated in many exhibitions between 1996 and the present, in France, the Middle East, Singapore and China. She spend many years developing new methods in art education and tried to explore new cultural backgrounds to enrich her artistic style.
During her NPE residency Dr. Nadine worked on her new series Cheongsam, inspired by her colourful Asian experience. This body of work is a continuity of her previous subject, Group portraits, which she has been developing since 2004. The artist attempts to represent a collective portrait based on good looking women staring at us and vice versa, at times the silence makes us interrogative and perplexed by the 'human wall' she creates. The beauty and elegance of costume conceals different realities and personal moods behind a curtain of beauty, aesthetic appearance and luxury. Find her work at Blue Lotus Fine Art.
Wei Teck Chee
There is a constant Question on Wei Teck’s mind - “What is the Story of my generation with regards to relationship between Humankind and the Urban Environment?” Chee has been a member of Singapore Contemporary Young Artists since 2014, and is a finalist in DRIVE Site-Wide Public Art Festival (2014/2015), Gillman Barracks. His works are featured in APPortfolio Vol.4《亞洲青年創作集錄 Vol.4》 (2015) Published in Hong Kong, Mainland China and Taiwan. Finalist in the 6th France + Singapore Photographic Arts Award (FSPAA) 2015.
History of NPE Art Residency
NPE Art Residency is an art arm of NPE Print Communications (Previously known as National Photo Engravers). NPE has a long creative history stemming back to 1967 when the main activity was photo engraving. In contemporary times, NPE has an ever growing team of designers and technicians, running Singapore’s leading press and communication agency. This means that our artist residency studio has more in-house facilities than any other studio or creative space in Singapore: Artists can upscale their work and push boundaries using high tech fabrication and production processes, digital fine art printing, giclee prints, ultraviolet printing, book-binding and stitching machines, gold leaf stamping, die-cut, embossing and debossing, to name a few. The NPE Art Residency is founded by award-winning art consultant, artist and educator, Daryl Goh.