In commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the passing of late Singaporean artist, Teng Nee Cheong (b. 1951-d. 2013), The Private Museum is pleased to present EMBODIMENT|SENTIENCE, featuring a selection of charcoal works done between the 1970s to the 2000s from the collection of the Artist’s Estate.
Teng, a Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts graduate and recipient of the Ministry of Culture award in 1978, is known for his distinct visual aesthetics in the use of vibrant colours and Southeast Asian cultural motifs, with use of symbols from religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism and even Balinese mythology.
However, Teng’s intimate charcoal works have hardly been in the limelight, much less exhibited comprehensively. Far from just preliminary sketches, his extensive collection of charcoal drawings is the result of more than three decades of working with life models in his studio and abroad.
EMBODIMENT | SENTIENCE explores themes such as dualities, sensualities, desires and perceptions of the human body through the artist’s inquisitive lens and the stark lines portrayed in the alluring forms. Embodiment references the charcoal medium Teng used, while Sentience best describes the artist’s capacity for feeling and perception. Deeply-personal and perhaps even provocative, EMBODIMENT|SENTIENCE attempts to lightly trace Teng’s art practice compelled by his fascination with and reverence for, the human figure.
Dialogue between the Artist’s Estate and Life Model
Saturday, 6 October 2018, 2:00 pm
Venue: The Private Museum, 51 Waterloo Street #02-06, Singapore 187969
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 10am to 7pm; Sat & Sun: 11am to 5pm; Public Holidays and other timings by appointment only
When: 5 Oct - 9 Dec 2018,