Tung Yue Nang (1959 -)
Born in 1959, Singapore, Tung Yue Nang learnt Chinese ink painting, calligraphy, seal carving and engraving from Singapore’s pioneer artist, Shi Xiang Tuo, at the age of 15. Initially focused on traditional Chinese paintings, Tung began to incorporate elements of Western painting styles into his works. This stemmed from Tung’s fascination with Western modernist art and his subscription to the Chinese philosophy of Tao Te Ching, which permeated into his artistic principles. By combining both Chinese and Western styles and expression, Tung’s works seeks to find balance and harmony amidst its dissonance in subject, concept and composition. Working with a variety of medium, Tung has experimented with ink, acrylic, collage work, photography and mixed media paintings. A keen learner, Tung also learnt to sculpt and work with ceramics from eminent Singaporean sculptor, Ng Eng Teng. Tung was also a graphic designer director before committing his life to pursue art full-time. With a wealth of experience, Tung’s repertoire spans from landscapes in the traditional Chinese style to street scenes of early Singapore to abstract representations of life and nature and acrylic works down to the intensity of photographic prints. Widely travelled, Tung takes an interest in heritage and culture, which inspires him in his art and spirituality. Tung has won four Highly Commended awards in the 4th, 6th, 7th and 9th run of the UOB Painting of the Year Competition held between 1985 to 1990. In 1989, Tung won the Distinction Award for the aforementioned competition. Tung was also awarded the Dr. Tan Tsze Chor Art Award in Chinese Painting and Chinese Ink in 2002 and 2013 respectively.