“My Goal in Presenting these Scenes is to Remind Ourselves How Far Singapore has Progressed”: Yip Yew Chong

On Art and Aesthetics

Yip Yew Chong

I have not as yet been to Singapore (only spent a few hours at Changi airport)—but heard a lot about the place and met quite a few Singaporeans. I am fascinated by several aspects of the country—its super quick transition from the third world to the first, its cultural richness. I also find it amazing how Singapore remains pronouncedly absent from international news when it comes to scandal or turmoil (rare even for developed nations) and appears always as a top destination in tourism packages.

A finance professional and avid traveller, Yip Yew Chong is a part-time Singaporean muralist who excels at painting scenes of a bygone era. I went through his impressive and educational art last month and discussed with him his country’s social fabric, the strictness of its government, economic development, the need for conservation and much more…

You describe yourself primarily as an “accountant…

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