VINCENT LEOW

Singapore's leading contemporary artist Vincent Leow (b. 1961) Celebrated as an enfant terrible of the Singapore art community, Vincent Leow is a pivotal figure in the alternative art scene in Singapore. His practice parallels the development of contemporary art in Singapore; and as a painter, he is regarded as a remarkable imagist who has dipped into an astonishing range of images from popular culture, literature, cinema, politics and the mass media.

Leow stands as a central figure in the history of the ‘art collective' in Singapore. One of the early members of The Artists Village (TAV) , founded in 1988 by the iconic Tang Dawu (b 1943), Leow subsequently helmed other artist-run spaces. Co-founding Utopia (now defunct), Leow is also the founder of Plastique Kinetic Worms (PKW) , a leading alternative artist-run space in Singapore.

Engaging a range of media that has manifested in performances, installations, sculptures, digital and mixed-media works, Leow's practice has maintained the element of anarchy and rebellion so critical to alternative practices. He acquired public notoriesty with his 1992 performance in which he drank his own urine. The art gesture was later elaborated upon through the packing and sale of bottles of urine - epitomizing Leow's artful handling of ‘underground, subversive' practices with a savvy understanding of the mechanics of market consumption and its desire for and absorption of infamy, scandal and controversy.

His earlier paintings formed the emergence of unapologetic aggression, blatant sexuality and emotional temperament in the field of painting in Singapore . Leow's later paintings assumed several shifts, particularly during and after his art studies in the USA (1991) on several art scholarships.

Some of Leow's works in the 1990s were marked by an ‘urban street style' and arguably of Neo-Surrealism; others carry a Pop-art sensibility, a taste for kitsch and always a highly individual visual vocabulary - prompting art writers to describe his practice as epitomizing ‘post-modern' visual strategies.

Lindy Poh
Curator/ Art Consulltant

 


VINCENT LEOW KONG YAM

No.50, Ubi Avenue 3,
#04-21 Frontier,
Singapore 408866

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BORN : Singapore, 1961

 
SOLO EXHIBITION
2007

“Andy's pranks and Swimming Lessons”, Xin Beijing Gallery, Beijing, China

2004

“Mock Ducks and Manicured Poodles” Jendela Gallery@Esplande, Singapore

“A Big Fat Belly Hen”, Plastique Kinetic Worms, Singapore

2001

"FOUR EYES, CLOUDY SKIES", Atelier Frank & Lee, Singapore

"FOUR EYES, CLOUDY SKIES", TADU Art Space, Bangkok, Thailand

2000 “Caged Feet “, LIP, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
1998 "Mountian Cow Milk Factory", Installation Telok Kurau Studios Gallery, Singapore
1997 - 1998 "Mountian Cow Milk Factory", various venues, Singapore
1996 "Falling Bones, Hungry Chillies", Substation Gallery, Singapore
1994 "CHOP SUEY" Substation Gallery, Singapore
1992 "Donkeys, Elephants & The Three Legged Toad", Shenns Gallery, Singapore
1991 "Vincent Leow : Recent Paintings", School 33 Art Centre, Baltimore, MD, USA
 
GROUP EXHIBITION
2007

“52 nd Venice Biennale 2007”, Singapore Pavilion, Venice

“3 rd Gui Yang Biennale of Contemporary Art 2007”, GuiYang, China

2006 "PRET A PORTER” Plastique Kinetic Worms, Singapore
2005

"WORLD EXPO 2005 Singapore pavilion, Nagoya, Japan

“Contemporary Self-Portraiture/Reassessing Identity, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts

“ACCESS” Plastique Kinetic Worms, Singapore

2004 “11th Asian Art Biennale” Osmani Memorial Hall, Bangladesh
2003

“Boxed ll “ Plastique Kinetic Worms, Singapore

“RENGA Paintings” National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

“Bilateral Bonds” TAKSU Gallery, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

“I'm lovin' it, SeatArt” Merlion Park, Singapore

2002

“Boxed“ Singapore Art Fair, Singapore

“P.A.U.S.E” Gwanju Biennale 2002, Korea

“Show: Auction” Plastique Kinetic Worms, Singapore

“NOKIA Singapore Art” Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

2001 

"Plastic Works" Plastique Kinetic Worms, Singapore

"ParallelWORLD: Body Phase III", Plastique Kinetic Worm, Singapore

"Caged Feet, Time Stall",, Plastique Kinetic Worms, Singapore

2000

"BOXED 26x26", Plastique Kinetic Worms, Singapore

"ParallelWorld" Project 304 Bangkok, Thailand

"Feast" group exhibition, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

"CONFIGURATION" Atelier Frank & Lee, Singapore

1999

"Prvocative Things" Sculpture Square, Singapore

"NOKIA Art 99", Plastique Kinetic Worms & Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

"ParallelWORLD", a group exhibition involving 3 exhibition Sites

"MIXAGE", collective project with Singapore & French artists, Singapore

"Chair", group exhibition, Plastique Kinetic Worms, Singapore

"CRISP", Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

"Jotterbook", Plastique Kinetic Worms, Singapore

3 Singaporean & 3 French Artists, Alliance Francaise de Singapour

"Art et Politique", Alliance Francaise de Singapour

"Art et Politique", Sarcelles, France

"Move", group exhibition, Plastique Kinetic Worms, Singapore

" Brave New World ", Soobin Gallery, Singapore

"Part II", group exhibition, Plastique Kinetic Worms,Singapore

1998

"Censorship", group exhibition, Plastique Kinetic Worms, Singapore

"Bangkok Art Project", Bangkok

"Second Nature : Cityscapes of Singapore", Central Plaza, Hong Kong

"Launch" group exhibition, Plastique Kinetic Worms, Singapore

“6x6x6” , group exhibition, Plastique Kinetic Worms, Singapore

"A Common Wealth of Art ", National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

"An Arts Experience", UE Square, Singapore

"500 & Below ", group exhibition, Plastique Kinetic Worms, Singapore

"Recent Works ", Group exhibition at Plastique Kinetic Worms, Singapore

"Imagining Self", Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

1997

"9th Indian Trienale of contemporary art", New Dehli, India

"Singapore Art 97", Suntec City, Singapore

"Jewels of Asia", Suntec City, Singapore

"Art Power", organised by The Substation, CHIJMES Gallery, Singapore

1996

"Shell Grand Discovery Art Exhibition", River House Restaurant, Singapore

"Moon & Star" Show, UTOPIA Gallery, Singapore

"Expressions", Millenia Walk, Singapore

"Selections", UTOPIA Gallery, Singapore

"$300" Show”, UTOPIA Gallery, Singapore

"TOUR de ART LAH !" Singapore Festival of the Arts, Singapore

1995

"Chiang Mai Social Installation" , Wat U-Mong Temple, Chiang Mai, Thailand

"Shift of Time" sculpture Installation, German School, Singapore

"Fighting The Universal Spider", A & O Gallery, Berlin, Germany

"Singapore Art 95" Sculpture Installation, Suntec City, Singapore

"The Great Singapore Kitsch Show" LaSalle Gallery, Singapore

'A FLOG OF BIRDIES" Black Box, TheatreWorks, Singapore

1994

"Para Values" Site specific installation, Fort Canning Park, Singapore

"Window on Singapore Art" travelling exhibition to China & Hong Kong, Singapore

1993

"International Sculpture & Painting Symposium", Gulbarga, India

"Art In Asia" Singapore Art Fair 93, Singapore

"SeptFest" Substation Gallery, Singapore

"5th Fukui International Binale", Tawara, Fukui City, Japan

"2nd Sculpture Seminar", NAFA Gallery, Singapore

"1st Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art", Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

"ESPACE 3356" French Festival Art Exhibition, Singapore

1992

"Performance Art Week", Gallery 21, Singapore

"HOPE" Visual Art Exhibition, 5th Passage Gallery, Singapore

1991

"Many in One : Twenty-five Years of Art From Singapore Washington DC, USA

"Gateway to Malaysia" Bangunan Data Jaafar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

"Vincent Leow & Rudy Nadler", Maryland Institute, Baltimore, USA

"Urban Artists in Singapore" National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore

1990

"ARTSCAPE 90" Decker Gallery, Baltimore, USA

"EYE 21" ART Base Gallery, Singapore

1989

"The Drawing Show" Artists Village, Singapore

" QU ArtSupport II" QU Art Space, Hong Kong

"Contemporary Art In Singapore " Netherlands & the Federal Republic of Germany

"Two with a Cause", National Art Gallery, Singapore

"The Happenings" National Technological Institute, Singapore

"Man, Objects & Images 89" National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore

1988

"The Artists Village Show" open studio show, Artists Village, Singapore

"7th Discovery Arts Exhibition" Shell Tower, Singapore

"Genesis", Art Focus, Singapore

1987

"Ying & Yang Art Festival" National University, Singapore

"National Museum Centenary Exhibition" National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore

1986 "Australian Art Award for Young Artists" National Museum of Art Gallery, Singapore

"3rd Sculpture Workshop & Exhibition" LaSalle College of Arts, Singapore

1985

"3rd ASEAN Young Painting Workshop & Exhibition" Yogyakarta, Indonesia

"2nd Sculpture Workshop & Exhibition" National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore

 

ART PERFORMANCES

1995

"The Chickens Are Like The Teak Trees In The Forest” Chiang Mai, Thailand

"Party & Party", NIE Art Festival, Singapore

"Some Spiders Just Wanna Have Fun", , A & O Gallery, Berlin, Germany

1994 "I, O, Bing Bong Bang" National Museum, Singapore
1993

"I'll Do, Will You?" 2nd Sculpture Seminar, NAFA Gallery, Singapore

"Coffee Talk" 5th Passage Art Gallery, Singapore

1992

“The Three Legged Toad" Space, Arts Festival Fringe, Singapore

"1000 Ways To Walk A Plank" Space, Arts Festival Fringe, Singapore

1992

"Cover Up",with Zai Kuning Arts Festival Fringe, Singapore

"Shit Happens", with Zai Kuning, Arts Festival Fringe, Singapore

"Space : Between The Teeth" LaSalle College of Arts, Singapore

1991 "5 Bananas" National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore
1990

"Ambassador from the Woods" performance with Peter Chin, Singapore Festival of Arts, Festival Fringe, Singapore

"Serious Conversation" with Tang Da Wu Singapore Festival of Arts

1989

"Friendship" with Wong Shih Yaw, National Technological Institute, Singapore

"HELP" with Wong Shih Yaw, National Technological Institute, Singapore

"Michelle" National Technological Institute, Singapore

1988

"Art Commandoes", Singapore Festival of the arts, Singapore

 
ART PROJECTS & COMMISSIONS
2007

“Friendship Pups”, 8 Draycott Park, Singapore

1999 Red Numbers, Kranji Turf Club, Singapore
1999 - 2001  Northeast line MRT mural, Lorong Buangkok Station, Singapore
1996 Merlion Tower - Water Feature at Merlion Walk Sentosa, Singapore
1996 "OPEL VECTRA ART CAR" car painting project Singapore Technologies
1990 

"DREAM WORLD" video Installation, National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore

"Their Piece" sculpture project Singapore Festival of Arts, Singapore

1989 "Green Socks" TheatreWorks project with Wong Shih Yaw, Singapore
1989

"Love & Peace" Katong Convent Secondary School, Singapore

"Art Commandoes" Singapore Festival of arts, Festival Fringe, Singapore

1987 "Beach Fun" Sentosa Development Corporation, Singapore
1986 "Hands" Marymount Convent Chapel, Singapore
 
AWARDS
2002

JCCI Culture Award

2003 NAC Oversea Arts Bursary
2000 UNESCO-ASCHBERG Bursaries for Artists Yogyakarta, Indonesia
1991 Mount Royal Scholarship, Maryland Institute, Baltimore, USA
1990

Scholarship, Lee Foundation, Singapore

Bursary, Singapore Cultural Arts Grant, Singapore

Mount Royal Scholarship, Maryland Institute, Baltimore, USA

1989

Scholarship, Lee Foundation, Singapore

Bursary, Singapore Cultural Arts Grant, Singapore

1988 Exhibition Grant, Lee Foundation, Singapore
1987 First prize award, Sentosa Sculpture Design Competition, Singapore
 
EDUCATION

2005

Doctor in Fine Art, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
1991 Masters in Fine Art 1991, Maryland Institute, Mount Royal
Graduate School of Art, Baltimore, USA

1985 - 1987

Diploma in Fine Art, Sculpture Major with Merit,
LaSalle College of Art, Singapore
 
COLLECTIONS

Singapore Art Museum,

Singapore Turf Club,

Sentosa Development Corporations, Singapore

Land Transport Authority Singapore,

UOB Bank Singapore,

Deutsche Bank Singapore,

Fukuoka Art Museum,

National Arts Council,

and Private Collectors.

 

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