Hong Sek Chern

b. 1967


Hong Sek Chern | 洪雪珍 (b. 1967, Singapore) is recognised for her Chinese ink paintings of urban landscapes. Her works explore the tension between the old and the new, and notions of time and space through the juxtaposition of urban structures from different eras and places. 

Hong was trained in education in the late 1980s and early 1990s before pursuing a formal education in art. She graduated with Diploma in Fine Arts from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (1995) and Master of Fine Arts from Goldsmiths College, University of London (1998). She also holds a Masters degree in Southeast Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore (2004).

Hong has won much recognition for her art. One of her earliest achievements was winning the first prize (representational category) in Singapore Telecoms’ Expressions in Art contest in 1995. In the same year, she also won the top prize for the Philippe Charriol Foundation Contemporary Art Competition. Other important awards include the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award (2000) and the grand prize for the 26th UOB Painting of the Year (2007).

Hong has shown her art in 8 solo exhibitions in Singapore, and numerous group exhibitions locally and overseas. Prominent exhibitions which have presented her work include the President’s Young Talents, Singapore Art Museum (2001), the São Paulo Biennale, Brazil (2002), the Heartland Karuizawa Drawing Biennale at the Japan Wakita Museum for Art Tokyo (2005), and the 5th International Ink Painting Biennial of Shenzhen (2006).

Hong’s works are in the collections of the Singapore Art Museum, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, National Arts Council and Singtel.