Yeo Shih Yun | Biography

Born in Singapore 1976, Shih Yun is a full-time artist and Director of INSTINC, an independent artist-run space. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration(Marketing) from National University of Singapore, Diploma in Communications Design from Lasalle College of the Arts and Post- Baccalaureate (Painting) from San Francisco Art Institute in 2002. Yeo Shih Yun is known to reinterpret the very act of ink painting with striking results.

Her experimentations of fusing the traditional form with contemporary mediums like new media or performance art has garnered much acclaim, including a commission by the Singapore Art Museum, winning the Sovereign Asian Art Prize People's Choice Award in 2012 and being awarded a Certificate of Distinction and Highly Commended Entry at the UOB Painting of the Year Competition in 2007.

Her painting at the Sovereign Asian Art Prize was auctioned by Christie’s Asia in 2012. Her recent exhibition was in NUS MUSEUM titled "Scholars and ink".

My abstract works are paintings and drawings at the same time. Paintings/drawings of geometric and organic shapes and lines, composed of layers of ink, acrylic and other mediums allude to the gestural surface marks of Abstract Expressionism. My paintings/drawings reflect not only with the radical conflict between the two "colorless" colors (black and white), but also their interaction and interdependence. What drew me to the medium were its historical richness, the temporal quality of landscape ink painting, the physical strength and boldness of the black ink and its generosity and infinite possibilities. Shih Yun

姚诗韵 出生于1976年, 新加坡人。于新加坡国立大学商业管理(市场行销)取得大学学位, 新加坡拉萨尔艺术学院取得传播设计文凭, 2002年在旧金山艺术学院获得学士后学位。通过使用非传统工具重新诠释中国水墨画艺术, 诗韵的强劲画风和善于在其当代抽象艺术创作表现混沌与秩序之间所存在着难以捉摸的那一刹, 而备受肯定。 在Conversation with Trees的创作过程中, 诗韵摆脱自我并任由大自然的无形之手尽情挥洒。她将沾满水墨的毛笔悬挂在摇曳的树枝上任它随风摇摆, 因而在白色帆布上形成独特而又混乱的墨痕。然后透过微妙的丝网印刷工艺, 诗韵开创了独特而细腻的艺术风格。最近一次在新加坡艺术博物馆举办个展时, 这独特风格为她在本地和伦敦赢得了广泛赞誉。 热衷参与国际艺术家旅驻留计划包括慕尼黑、福冈、卑尔根和比利时,诗韵的近期个展包括在新加坡艺术博物馆的“Lyrical Abstraction” 在新加坡国立大学博物馆的"Scholars and ink", 和在滨海艺术中心Jendela视觉艺术展厅的“墨”。2007年, 她荣获第26届大华银行所赞助新加坡年度绘画创作的优异奖和高度赞扬参赛作品(抽象类。于2012年赢得Sovereign Asian艺术奖最佳人气奖, 得奖作品亦于亚洲佳士得2012拍卖会卖出。 


EDUCATION
2002 SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA POST BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM (PAINTING)
2001 LASALLE-SIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS, SINGAPORE DIPLOMA IN COMMUNICATIONS DESIGN (DISTINCTION)
1998 NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE, BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (MERIT)

AWARDS
1999 18TH UOB SINGAPORE PAINTING OF THE YEAR COMPETITION, HIGHLY COMMENDED ENTRY (ABSTRACT CATEGORY)
2007 26TH UOB SINGAPORE PAINTING OF THE YEAR COMPETITION, CERTIFICATE OF DISTINCTION (ABSTRACT CATEGORY)
2007 26TH UOB SINGAPORE PAINTING OF THE YEAR COMPETITION, HIGHLY COMMENDED ENTRY (ABSTRACT CATEGORY)
2011 SOVEREIGN ASIAN ART PRIZE SINGAPORE TOP 20 FINALISTS

COMMISIONED WORKS
SINGAPORE ART MUSEUM
VOLVO CARS SINGAPORE
PENFOLDS WINE, TREASURY WINERY ESTATES
THE WESTIN SINGAPORE HOTEL AT MARINA BAY
THE FOUR SEASONS HOTEL, HANGZHOU AT WESTLAKE, CHINA
MOËT HENNESSY DIAGEO SINGAPOREASIA PACIFIC BREWERIES SINGAPORE

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2014 CHOREOGRAPHED COLLISIONS, GALERIE STEPH, SINGAPORE
2013 LEARNING FROM TREES, ART FORUM, SINGAPORE
2011 TRACES OF NATURE, COMMUNITY WALL, ESPLANADE, SINGAPORE
43200 MINUTES IN MUNICH, LW44, MUNICH, GERMANY
2010 408 HOURS IN ITOSHIMA, STUDIO KURA GALLERY, FUKUOKA, JAPAN

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 ALL THAT IS CHANGING, AUSTRALIA HIGH COMMISSION, SINGAPORE INSTINCTIVE 1.0: (IN)VISIBLE, ION ART, SINGAPORE
2016 SOUTH BY SOUTHEAST: ART FROM SINGAPORE, YIBO GALLERY, SHANGHAI CHINA
2015 ASITA, ARTSPACE222, SINGAPORE
SCHOLARS & INK, NUS(NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE) MUSEUM, SINGAPORE
2014 INSTINC10: CELEBRATING A DECADE OF ART AND COLLABORATION, STUDIO 67 GALLERY SINGAPORE
PROJECT6581, JAPAN CREATIVE CENTER, SINGAPORE
2013 ROBOTIC LOVE(YEO SHIH YUN AND JUSTIN LEE), YOUKOBO ART SPACE, TOKYO JAPAN.
2012 SEMI AUTOMATIC, LESLEY HELLER WORKSPACE, NEW YORK CITY, USA RHYTHM SECTION, INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS (ICA) GALLERIES 1 & 2, SINGAPORE
LYRICAL ABSTRACTION: NEW WORKS BY JEREMY SHARMA AND YEO SHIH YUN, SINGAPORE ART MUSEUM
ITOSHIMA ART FARM, FUKUOKA, JAPAN
SOVEREIGN ASIAN ART PRIZE FINALISTS EXHIBITION, MARINA BAY SANDS, SINGAPORE
墨 (INK), JENDELA VISUAL ARTS SPACE, ESPLANADE, SINGAPORE
2011 NEW READINGS, JENDELA VISUAL ARTS SPACE, ESPLANADE, SINGAPORE