Notice26 Mar 2022
Exhibition display extended until 26 June 2022

Painting the Vibrancy of Singapore's Nature - Paintings by Ng Guat Tin

Date : 8 Jan 2022 -  26 Jun 2022
Time : 5am - 12mn
Venue : People's Gallery - Botany Centre (Tanglin Gate), Nassim Gate Visitor Centre and Botanic Gardens MRT Exit A (Bukit Timah Gate)


This collection of paintings has been illustrated specially by Guat Tin to present the visual beauty of Singapore’s nature, as seen in various parks and gardens of Singapore. Interest in painting the vibrancy of Singapore’s nature was ignited after painting Corner House (2012) and Bandstand I (2013). These paintings were completed before the Singapore Botanic Gardens was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015. 

Upon returning to Singapore, her painting interests turned to birds, butterflies, flowers, wetlands and even an old kampung. From not knowing the names of birds, butterflies and flowers, it has been an intriguing experience to recognize God’s creation wonders, even in such an urbanized city as Singapore.


Guat Tin, a local artist, has dabbled in various art mediums over the past 56 years—watercolour, Chinese ink and colour, clay, acrylic, pastel and oil paint. Most of her art lessons did not last more than eight weeks, the normal duration of one course. In the late 1970s, she enrolled for a Chinese ink painting course at the YMCA. She enjoyed lessons by the late Madam Sunyee, a prominent pioneer artist in Singapore. She was an intermittent painter until she met Mo Ni (originally from Chengdu) and Mac Mak (a Hong Kong artist), who generously shared their knowledge and taught her some crucial fundamentals. This gave her confidence and renewed passion. In her fifties, she painted for an extended period (2009 to 2014) while working in Hong Kong. Sunday afternoons were spent in Mac’s studio and summer days at outdoor rustic places, honing skills in acrylic painting.


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