BOOK LAUNCH! Coming July 20, 2013

It’s coming! The long awaited book on Fahcheong. Chock full of beautiful images, quotations from the artist talking about his works, his life and his inspirations, with introductory text at the start of each chapter and an essay and conversation transcript by renowned art historian T.K. Sabapathy.

You’re invited! See below for full details on our book launch, and don’t forget to fill out the book pre-order form for a 20% discount! (Books will be sold at the book launch, so come on by!)

(click the link) Fahcheong Art Book – Preorder Form

Book Launch Teaser

Upcoming Exhibition – January 31, 2013

Textures, Tones & Timbres: Art of Chong Fahcheong

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A new and extremely comprehensive exhibition to kick off the new year will be held on January 31, 2013 at NUS Museum in Singapore’s premier post-secondary institution, the National University of Singapore. For those who didn’t know, that’s also the artist’s alma mater!

Newly completed large scale works will be on display, as well as reproductions of archival photos and sketches, maquettes and sculpture studies, and explanatory text exploring the artist’s continuing fascination with the raw material, the inspiration and wonder they impart, and the artistic process of unlocking their potential.

The exhibition will have a good run till the end of April 2013, so we encourage one and all to come on by, explore the exhibition, enjoy the beautiful campus grounds and take in Fahcheong’s other commissioned sculptures, installed primarily around and in the NUS Shaw Foundation Alumni House.

Click the link!
Textures, Tones & Timbres: Press Release

Sculptor shows his other side

Naked boys jumping into the river or two coolies perched on their stools and slurping down a meal of rice porridge … these are two sculptures that many of us are familiar with in our Singapore environment.

But just recently, sculptor Chong Fahcheong who created these sculptures held a solo exhibition that revealed a totally different side of his artistic world.

The exhibition, “Passages”, held at Emily Hill, had more than 20 sculptures that were well received by a wide audience of art lovers. There were many new, big works made of many materials – wood and stone of different types, jade and bronze – as well as older works from the artist’s personal collection.  The selection of pieces showcased Fahcheong’s skill and passion for working in many different carving mediums.

Fahcheong finds inspiration for many of his works as he loves to “people watch” everywhere he goes and is especially fascinated by the sights and sounds of Singapore. Travelling on the MRT Train from home to his studio, or while having a plate of char kway teow and drinking kopi siew tai, his attention is claimed not so much by the food as by the animated group of ah mahs at the next table with their garrulous chatter accompanied by the broad and generous gestures of flying hands and pointing fingers.

“I’ve got to capture that in a sculpture,” he says, to his breakfast companion in the kopitiam.

Fahcheong’s sculptures have certainly captured the flavour of Singapore past. Born in 1946, he is a child of the post-war years and some of his public works reflect this time frame.

First Generation, that bronze sculpture of five naked boys jumping into the Singapore River, is very well known. “I remember seeing boys jumping into the river when I was young.  A recently completed sculpture is that of six boys at a game of piggy-back. Chang Kuda can be seen in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, opposite the Swan Lake.  “In those days, we were not buried under a mountain of schoolwork and homework. We would throw down our books the moment we came home from school and run out to play. We never returned home until it was dark,” says Fahcheong.

Although sculptures like these take us back to a time before, Singaporeans today can still relate to the ideas of fun and simple childhood play that they depict so well.

That is why the sculptor Chong Fahcheong is important in the Singapore art scene. He helps us to remember our past, placing us in the context of our history. It is only by knowing our past can we move forward with confidence into the future.

Although he lives in Canada, he spends much of his time in Singapore, returning again and again to his roots. He says his connection with and exploration of his cultural roots was never so strong until he moved away from the island of his birth more than 20 years ago.

For images of all new works in Passages Exhibition click HERE.

Passages Exhibition Opening & Upcoming talk by the artist – Sat. Nov. 19th

The opening of the exhibition was a success!  The torrential storm was short and sweet and cleared the air about 2 hours before the opening.  Candles were lit, beer was poured and fun was had by all!  A heartfelt thanks to the many people who made this event happen, we could not have done it without you guys.  Cheers to all those who attended, and for those who have not yet visited Passages, we look forward to seeing you!

A talk by the artist on his work and process will be held at the exhibition space at Emily Hill.  Come join in, ask questions, check out the pieces and maybe have some snacks.

Date:  Saturday November 19, 2011
Time:  2:30pm – 3:30pm

Hope to see you there!

PASSAGES – upcoming exhibition shout out!

As promised, here’s the info for fahcheong’s upcoming exhibition.  We’re all buckled down here and working away to get the show on the road.  Sculptures are being sanded, plinths are being constructed and cleaned up, lighting is being discussed, beer is being sampled…not really, but if anybody wants to bring refreshments by the workspace at Emily Hill, we definitely won’t say ‘no’!

As well, we’ve managed to sound the horn in a couple of other places.  Check out the links below to more info on Passages:

We hope to see you all there!