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by Teng Jee Hum

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Through the 90-odd paintings in this book, Teng Jee Hum hopes to share his feelings about what it has been like to be a Singaporean in the last 50 years or so. Many of the images are the artist’s take on the first Prime Minister of Singapore and his policies in governing Singapore.

Critiques of Teng’s work are included in this book. They are written by:

  • SENG YU JIN, Senior Curator at The National Gallery;
  • MEI HUANG, China-born curator, writer and art critic.
  • JASON WEE, artist and a writer, who co-curated the acclaimed Beyond LKY exhibition in 2010;

There is also a Q&A section where the artist explains more about his fascination with the key subject of his art.

About the Author

Teng Jee Hum grew up in Singapore in the 50s and 60s, deeply influenced by the towering figure of Singapore’s first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew.

Coming from a humble background, with his father a seaman who was home barely 2 weeks a year, Teng succeeded in the transformed socio-economic and political environment of Singapore, working in finance and banking, investing and managing others’ wealth.

In his artist statement, Teng said: “Looking back now on the evolving collection, it is a searching for identity, discovering the root influences of how I come to be this way. In doing so, I cannot avoid the Singapore Story, and the one person who has probably done the most for me, and to me.”

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ISBN: 978-981-09-7993-5
Published: 2016
210mm X 260mm (portrait)
Pages: 180
Finish: Hardback

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