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Yeo Siak Goon Biography

Yeo Siak Goon (b. 1957, Malaysia) is known for his semi-abstract paintings of the female form in tropical settings. His love for nature and his fascination with tropical islands has defined his style.

Yeo commenced his practice as an amateur artist. He arrived in Singapore at the age of 14 and worked in a small advertising agency, and subsequently as a book designer. He took art courses in the evenings, studying under Leo Hee Tong and Hua Chai Yong, and spent weekends painting along the Singapore River.

He participated widely in art competitions and won several commendations and awards. These include the IBM Art Award (1987), the Dr Tan Tsze Chor Art Award from the Singapore Art Society (1984, 1986 and 2011) and the first prize (Figurative category) at the UOB Painting of the Year (1990).

Yeo has exhibited locally and in Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, China, South Korea, Japan, Australia, France, the Netherlands and the United States of America. These include group exhibitions at the National Museum Art Gallery (1980, 1985, 1987 and 1991), the Empress Place Museum (1990), the Singapore Art Museum (2006), the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (1985, Taiwan) and the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (2004, Japan). Yeo’s works are in the collections of Singtel and the Agung Rai Museum of Art, Bali.

“My source of artistic inspiration comes from the transformation of time, space and objects into one.” ~ Yeo Siak Goon

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