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Ian Woo

Born in Singapore in 1967, Ian Woo is a painter working in the language of abstraction with an interest in painting’s inherent ability to suggest modes of representation. Woo began his studies at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Singapore) in 1991. He received a Masters in European Fine Art at the Winchester School of Art (UK) in 1995 and a research practice DFA with RMIT University (Australia) in 2006.

In 1999, Woo was the recipient of the UOB Painting of the Year award in the Abstract category. He was also the Juror’s Choice for two consecutive years in South East Asia’s Philip Morris Award in 1999 and 2000. His Doctorate research was based on the language of abstract painting, which possesses the ability to express notions of a continuous presence.

Woo’s first solo exhibition “Mental Images” was held at the LASALLE Gallery in Singapore in 2000. Recent solo exhibitions include “The Difference Between Your Mountain and My Couch” at 8/ Tomio Koyama Gallery Tokyo (2014) and “Ian Woo: A Review 1995 – 2011” at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (2011). Selected recent group exhibitions include “ A Drawing Show” at Yeo Workshop, Singapore (2014), “Market Forces - Erasure: From Conceptualism To Abstraction” at Osage Gallery, Hong Kong (2014), “Island Vernacular” at Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth University, UK (2013) and “Encounter: The Royal Academy in Asia” at Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (2012).  His works are in the collection of major institutions such as ABN AMRO, Singapore Art Museum, The Istana Singapore, The National Art Gallery Singapore, UBS, and the Mint Museum of Craft & Design, USA.

Woo’s paintings were recently featured in the publication “Art of the New Cities: 21st Century Avant-Gardes”, a publication by Phaidon 2013. He is currently Senior Lecturer of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the LASALLE College of Arts in Singapore.

Biography

Born in Singapore in 1967, Ian Woo is a painter working in the language of abstraction with an interest in painting’s inherent ability to suggest modes of representation. Woo began his studies at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Singapore) in 1991. He received a Masters in European Fine Art at the Winchester School of Art (UK) in 1995 and a research practice DFA with RMIT University (Australia) in 2006.

In 1999, Woo was the recipient of the UOB Painting of the Year award in the Abstract category. He was also the Juror’s Choice for two consecutive years in South East Asia’s Philip Morris Award in 1999 and 2000. His Doctorate research was based on the language of abstract painting, which possesses the ability to express notions of a continuous presence.

Woo’s first solo exhibition “Mental Images” was held at the LASALLE Gallery in Singapore in 2000. Recent solo exhibitions include “The Difference Between Your Mountain and My Couch” at 8/ Tomio Koyama Gallery Tokyo (2014) and “Ian Woo: A Review 1995 – 2011” at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (2011). Selected recent group exhibitions include “ A Drawing Show” at Yeo Workshop, Singapore (2014), “Market Forces - Erasure: From Conceptualism To Abstraction” at Osage Gallery, Hong Kong (2014), “Island Vernacular” at Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth University, UK (2013) and “Encounter: The Royal Academy in Asia” at Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (2012).  His works are in the collection of major institutions such as ABN AMRO, Singapore Art Museum, The Istana Singapore, The National Art Gallery Singapore, UBS, and the Mint Museum of Craft & Design, USA.

Woo’s paintings were recently featured in the publication “Art of the New Cities: 21st Century Avant-Gardes”, a publication by Phaidon 2013. He is currently Senior Lecturer of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the LASALLE College of Arts in Singapore.

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