Tay Bak Chiang (1973 -)
Tay Bak Chiang was born in Malaysia in 1973 and graduated with a Diploma in Fine Arts from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1995 before continuing his studies at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China, in 1997. Tay's works are often inspired by nature in Southeast Asia, poetry and evoke his inner emotions. He seeks to reinterpret motifs found in nature by deconstructing and reconfiguring natural forms through his clean brush strokes and minimal use of colours. Tay imbues the poetic value of Chinese literati painting with a contemporary sensibility and is often praised for his refreshing take on traditional Chinese ink painting.
Tay has exhibited internationally in multiple group exhibitions and art fairs across Asia, the United States and Europe since 2000 and was awarded the Young Artist Award for Visual Arts by National Arts Council, Singapore, in 2002. Tay's other accolades include the First Prize in the Chinese Painting category in the 19th and 22nd United Overseas Bank Painting of the Year Competitions in 2000 and 2003, and the Dr Tan Tsze Chor Art Award (Chinese Painting) from the Singapore Art Society in 1999 and 2000. Tay is also the President of the Siaw-Tao Chinese Seal Carving, Calligraphy and Painting Society.