Chieu Shuey Fook was born in Singapore in 1934. A second-generation artist and NAFA alumnus, Chieu was influenced by pioneer artist and teacher Cheong Soo Pieng. Ever-experimental, the tenacious Chieu has sought out new techniques and employed base metals like zinc, aluminum, copper, incorporating various chemicals, self-derived mixtures of solutions and material combinations in his art-making. NAFA was proud to organise this survey exhibition that showcased over 60 works featuring a selection of Chieu’s batik works, zinc etchings, metal reliefs as well as an original painted vintage car, a 1961 Morris Minor that was commissioned by Singapore Automotive Engineering in 1990. Also on display was Chieu’s work, Wow! Merlion, characterised by whimsical imageries, solid lines, and geometric shapes with vivid coloured planes, forming an impressive triptych that measured about 5 metres across. This exhibition documented the artist’s extensive research in his use of unconventional materials throughout his practice. Perhaps more importantly, it revealed the spirit of inventiveness and fearlessness in embracing the unknown, to find the ingenuous collision of science and great art.