Chiew Sien Kuan is a painter and sculptor from Singapore. He graduated with a Diploma in Fine Art from the Academy in 1989. He obtained his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Tasmania, Australia, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education from NTU-NIE, Singapore, in 2008. Chiew is a dedicated educator who taught at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts for over two decades. Like the previous Singapore pioneer artists who taught at the Academy, he explores and develops a varied body of work, challenging himself to create art that is relevant to the contemporary. His artistic interests include drawing, painting, sculpture, assemblage and installation.
All Ye Shall Sing depicts a storm scene that is both powerful and magnificent. Chiew worked on smaller drafts before creating the work in its large-scale form. The use of ink and enamel paint on paper created unpredictable textures. Seen in its entirety, however, this tactile quality form rippled patterns that bring a vivid rhythm to the canvas. At the bottom of the composition, Chiew writes: “Shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein”–a carefully chosen verse from the Bible. According to the artist, this phrase accurately captures his connection with life and energy sources.