Baet Yeok Kuan (1961 - )
Baet Yeok Kuan is a Singaporean artist, sculptor and arts educator. His interest in examining objects and using them to tell a story informs his practice and teaching. Changes in nature and human perceptions, wrought by the passage of time, serve as inspiration for his creations. Baet graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1987 with a Diploma in Fine Art (Painting) and a Master’s in Fine Art (Sculpture) from the University of Central England, Birmingham, in 1992. He represented Singapore in several international symposiums and holds several accolades, such as the UOB Painting of the Year award in 1987 and the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council, Singapore, in 1995 for his outstanding achievement and contribution to the visual arts. Baet was also the President of the Modern Art Society Singapore from 2003 to 2004. He has also been a lecturer at NAFA since 1993.
His sculptures can be found in many public spaces in Singapore, including Birds in Flight at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3 and a permanent interactive audio sculpture installation, 24 Hours in Singapore, on the Asian Civilisations Museum lawn commemorating Singapore’s 50 years of independence.