Memorial Lecture : Dr Ng Eng Teng
Monday, 17 Dec 2001
2pm - 3.30pm
Singapore Art Museum, Auditorium
Speakers : Mr John Tan
Mr Sim Tong Khern
Ms Joyce Fan
Chaired by : Ms Joanna Lee
The late Dr Ng Eng Teng was a prolific artist whose oeuvre included
monumental public works in ciment fondu, sculptures in bronze and ceramics.
One of Singapore's most eminent sculptors, he was the first Cultural
Medallion Awardee, recognised for his contributions to the local art scene.
The talks in this event will highlight some of the late artist's
contributions to Singapore art. The first speaker Joyce Fan will examine
the late artist's recurring humanistic themes found in his art. She will
trace some of the historical events which led to the creation of his
signature works. John Tan will then speak about Ng's involvement with the
ceramics group, Studio 106 which he spearheaded. Virtually every current
member of the group maintains his/her own studio and is an artist-potter in
his/her own right. This in no small measure was made possible through Ng's
personal encouragement, mentorship and guidance. The last speaker, Sim Tong
Khern was one of Ng's group of peers with whom he attended regular drawing
sessions. Sim will speak on his endeavours into life drawing (strikethrough:
s) and the importance he attached to this aspect of art marking.
John Tan was one of Dr Ng Eng Teng's earliest students and had known Ng
since 1967 upon Ng's return from his studies in England. Tan studied
ceramics under Ng at the Indiana University, Bloomington and in Japan.
Previously a Specialist Art Inspector at the Ministry of Education and an
art lecturer at the National Institute of Education, Tan is currently a
part time lecturer at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.
Sim Tong Khern was an art lecturer at the Institute of Education for 27
years. A Colombo Plan scholar, he graduated from the National Art School,
Sydney; IE London University; and University of Cincinnati, USA. He is part
of a group of artists, which included the late Ng Eng Teng and other
retired art teachers, who met regularly for life studies and drawings.
Joanna Lee is Senior Curator and Assistant Director (Collections
Development) of the Singapore Art Museum. Recent exhibitions she has worked
on as curator include Soul Ties: The Land and Her People, Art from
Indonesia (1999) and Singapore for the 49th Venice Biennale (2001).
Joyce Fan is currently Assistant Curator of the Singapore Art Museum. Her
research interest is in modern art in Singapore, in particular social
realist works of the 1950s and 1960s. She is currently working on the
historical Alpha Gallery art exhibition, and developing the museum's
collection of Vietnamese contemporary art.