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Printmakers’ Assembly 2020: Eng Joo Heng

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About the Artist

Eng Joo Heng graduated with a Masters in Fine Art from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Prior to that, he was a professional printmaker with Atelier 17 in Paris, France. After his studies, Eng returned to Singapore to become a printmaking lecturer at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Eng currently holds the post of Senior Workshop Manager at STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery in Singapore. His exquisite works have been shown at the 4th and 5th International Biennial Print Exhibitions at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum; the 2nd and 8th International Triennale Competition of Prints Exhibitions in Osaka, Japan; and the 3rd Global Print Exhibition in Douro, Portugal. His works have been commissioned for the Serangoon MRT station in Singapore; the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Singapore; and the Singapore Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. In 2016 and 2018 respectively, Eng was invited to a prestigious forum and artist residency at the Guanlan Print Village or “Original Printmaking Base” in Shenzhen, China.

 

Artist Statement

My Childhood Memories series considers the close relationship that humankind shares with nature, particularly through reminiscing on certain moments in my childhood where natural environments brought me immense joy and satisfaction. In Childhood Memory (2008), human figures in a succession of four compositions encounter other life forms found in nature. Postures and expressions of delight and inquisitiveness are rendered in woodcut relief prints, with bright colours evoking the rambunctious energy of youth. Created in black and white, Childhood Memory (2003) invokes the directness and nuance of sketching en plein air. Using fine lines to draw the image on a lithographic limestone plate, viewers can almost feel the breeze that flows in the scene, conveying a sense of freedom and serenity. A multi-plate technique in the second Childhood Memory (2003) invites colour into a lithographic print depicting a human figure enjoying the outdoors, climbing hills with his puppy and simply basking in the sights and sounds of the natural landscape.

All artwork images courtesy of the Artist.

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