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Wong Lip Chin

Wong Lip Chin (b. 1987, Singapore) is an interdisciplinary artist based between Singapore and Shanghai, his practice spanning the range from painting to installation to performance. He began his artistic career as a painter, but his more recent creative trajectory is centered on multi-sensorial modalities in art, especially the olfactory, auditory and gustatory. His works tend toward a strongly autobiographical bent, dealing with issues and shifts in his personal life, which are often related through narratives involving Lilou and Oomoo. The latter are two manga-like characters that serve as the artist’s alter egos, and were borne of his life-long fascination with the imagery and pictorial language of the wider visual world, from film to comics to design. Of late, his works have also addressed themes concerning speculative or vernacular histories pertinent to the folkloric traditions of the Sinosphere.

Wong was trained in printmaking at LASALLE College of the Arts, and graduated with a B.A. in 2009. He also served as an adjunct lecturer at the institution from 2014 to 2018. His first solo exhibition, “Now You See” (2009), which took place while he was still a student, was the result of a month-long residency organized in collaboration with the Marina Mandarin Hotel. His most recent solo outing, “Thousand Knives” (2015), was held at Galerie Michael Janssen, Singapore. Selected group exhibitions include those at STPI, Singapore (2007); National University of Singapore Museum (2009); ShanghArt, Singapore (2013); Yavuz Gallery, Singapore (2013); Yeo Workshop, Singapore (2014); Wei-Ling Gallery, Penang, Malaysia (2015); Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, Republic of Korea (2015); Rarytas Art Foundation, Poznan, Poland (2016); 2 Cavan Road, Singapore (2020). Other projects include Fetter Field: Singapore Performance Art Event (2007); DRIVE, Gillman Barracks (2014); Singapore Art Museum Front Lawn commission (2016). In 2017, Wong set up Steamroom with The Pillar and Stones, a multi-concept store involving  F&B, retail and lifestyle components.

Biography

Wong Lip Chin (b. 1987, Singapore) is an interdisciplinary artist based between Singapore and Shanghai, his practice spanning the range from painting to installation to performance. He began his artistic career as a painter, but his more recent creative trajectory is centered on multi-sensorial modalities in art, especially the olfactory, auditory and gustatory. His works tend toward a strongly autobiographical bent, dealing with issues and shifts in his personal life, which are often related through narratives involving Lilou and Oomoo. The latter are two manga-like characters that serve as the artist’s alter egos, and were borne of his life-long fascination with the imagery and pictorial language of the wider visual world, from film to comics to design. Of late, his works have also addressed themes concerning speculative or vernacular histories pertinent to the folkloric traditions of the Sinosphere.

Wong was trained in printmaking at LASALLE College of the Arts, and graduated with a B.A. in 2009. He also served as an adjunct lecturer at the institution from 2014 to 2018. His first solo exhibition, “Now You See” (2009), which took place while he was still a student, was the result of a month-long residency organized in collaboration with the Marina Mandarin Hotel. His most recent solo outing, “Thousand Knives” (2015), was held at Galerie Michael Janssen, Singapore. Selected group exhibitions include those at STPI, Singapore (2007); National University of Singapore Museum (2009); ShanghArt, Singapore (2013); Yavuz Gallery, Singapore (2013); Yeo Workshop, Singapore (2014); Wei-Ling Gallery, Penang, Malaysia (2015); Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, Republic of Korea (2015); Rarytas Art Foundation, Poznan, Poland (2016); 2 Cavan Road, Singapore (2020). Other projects include Fetter Field: Singapore Performance Art Event (2007); DRIVE, Gillman Barracks (2014); Singapore Art Museum Front Lawn commission (2016). In 2017, Wong set up Steamroom with The Pillar and Stones, a multi-concept store involving  F&B, retail and lifestyle components.

Education

  • 2009

    Bachelor of Art (Fine Art - Printmaking) with Honours, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore 

Exhibitions

  • Strange Things, Singapore Arts Club, Singapore

    2020
  • Thousand Knives, Galerie Michael Janssen, Singapore.

    2015
  • Now You See, Marina Mandarin Hotel, Singapore

    2009

Press

  • Singapore Arts Club, "With 6 Artists and a Cow, Former Factory becomes Art Destination", 20 November 2019. 

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  • "Art on experimental, experiential pivot", The Business Times, 30 January 2015.

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  • Mayo Martin, "Spot The Artist: Six Local Artists You Should Check Out During Singapore Art Week 2015", Today Newspaper, 12 January 2015.

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  • Huang Lijie, "Pillars of Expression", The Straits Times, 12 August 2014. 

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  • Cassie Ang, "Going Where?", The U Press: Singapore Edition N°3, Jul to Sep 2013.

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  • Helmi Yusof, "Drawing asserts its place in art"

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Publications

  • Writing from solo exhibition "Thousand Knives" at Michael Janssen Singapore, 2014. 

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