Singapore 1959

Tung Yue Nang

Tung Yue Nang’s interest and practice in Tao Te Ching philosophy has had a great impact and influence on his artistic pursuits and direction. Initially focusing on traditional Chinese painting, Tung’s artistic philosophy of reconciling art with life, enabled him to combine Western art concepts and media with Chinese art styles and expression.


The Tao philosophy focuses on harmony and tranquillity amidst chaos and disorder, which is reflected in Tung’s art in his choice of subjects and composition. His experiment with acrylic and mixed media paintings eventually led to his One series of paintings, and later his Peranakan series.


His latest painting exploration in dry brush Chinese painting culminates in the Journal series. Simply using Chinese ink, brush and rice paper, Tung captures Singapore scenes exactly as they appear right now in the present, because “Today is Yesterday’s future and Tomorrow’s history”. Indeed, Tung has found his harmony and tranquillity amidst the city’s chaos and disorder – chronicling Singapore for tomorrow’s posterity.

1977 / 

Meritorious Award


1985 / 

Commendation Award, UOB Painting of the Year 


2002 / 

Dr Tan Tze Chor Art Award


2014 / 

Dr Tan Tze Chor Art Award

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