Chiew Sien Kuan is a painter and sculptor from Singapore. He graduated with a Diploma in Fine Art from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts 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 NAFA, 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.
Rock In the Landscape is a painting part of the Spiritual Rock series. This collection reflects Chiew’s concerns about the relations between man and nature. The artist energises the composition with short and quick brushstrokes, bringing vitality and rhythm to the artwork. Here, expressive brushwork, rather than realistic verisimilitude, is one of the chief goals of Rock in the Landscape. The objective of the painting, rendered with mountains and urban structures, reflects on the relationship between man and nature, demonstrating the harmony and tension between the two.