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Teng Nee-Cheong

Teng Nee-Cheong
Teng Nee-Cheong (1951- ; Singapore) studied at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. He is inspired by the secessionist paintings of Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862-1918). Teng’s works are bold in color and composition but have gentle, lyrical themes. He creates endless combinations with a few motifs, especially flowers, textile patterns, and unique positions of figures. He has a strong sense of design and very unique use color. Awards: Ministry of Culture special award (Singapore, 1978), Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Alumni Association creative award (Singapore, 1982), Singapore Art Society Tan Tze Chor Art Award (1991), Phillip Morris Group (ASEAN, 1993, 1995, 1996). Collections: National Museum Art Gallery (Singapore), Shenn’s Fine Art Gallery (Singapore). Exhibitions:National Museum Art Gallery (Singapore, 1980, 1984, 1991), Le Grand Palais (Paris, France, 1987), Hongkong Arts Centre (1998), New York Art Expo (U.S.A., 1989), ASEAN Traveling Exhibitions (1989), Tropenmuseum (Amsterdam, Holland, 1998), Shenn’s Fine Art Gallery (Singapore, 1992) Centre for Strategic and International Studies (Jakarta, Indonesia, 1996).
  Title : East Of Java
  Artist : Teng Nee-Cheong
  Media : Oil on canvas
  Size : 100 x 116 cm
  Year : 1990

Two contrasting yet complementary female images represent Bali, located east of Java. A beautiful young woman, bare-breasted, wears a red hibiscus flower behind the ear, a traditional symbol of erotic and romantic desires. The mask of rangda is a terriying widowwitch who personifies evil with her bulging eyes and long fangs. Butterflies represent the temporary and fleeting nature of beauty. This composition is based on the Chinese yin-yang symbol , a circle devided into dark light halves by sn Scurve, representing the union of complementary apposites. In Bali this a known as rwa bhineda.

Gift of the artist.