Yip Yew Chong’s 60-metre-long work, “I Paint my Singapore”, drew crowds
when it went on display at the Raffles City Convention Centre. Comprising
27 scenes of 1970s–1980s Singapore, the painting merges history, memory
and nostalgia. In this episode of BiblioAsia+, Yew Chong explains how he
created this work and reveals what he would love to paint but has not.
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What Yew Chong Talked About
01:53 – What “I Paint my Singapore” is about
04:14 – What inspired Yew Chong to paint this 60-metre canvas
08:31 – Yew Chong’s favourite scene in the painting, and his childhood
in Kreta Ayer
14:32 – His research process for the painting
21:18 – Balancing historical research with creative licence
23:56 – What he finds hard to paint
24:49 – Painting alone in studio versus in public, and indoors versus
26:54 – Recent books about Yew Chong and his work: The Art of Joy and I Paint my Singapore 31:12 – What he is working on now
34:11 – What he wants to paint but hasn’t
34:58 – How he overcomes artist’s block
35:24 – What he thinks about Banksy
About the Guest
Yip Yew Chong was an accountant till he became a full-time artist in 2018.
His practice includes different visual mediums: murals, canvas, sketches,
installations, videography and photography. His public murals may be seen
in the streets of Singapore and other regional cities, including Kuala
Lumpur, Ipoh and Phnom Penh, while his canvases have been shown in art
This episode of BiblioAsia+ was hosted by Jimmy Yap. Sound engineering
was done by One Dash. The background music "Di Tanjong Katong" was composed
by Osman Ahmad and performed by Chords Haven. Special
thanks to Yew Chong for coming on the show.
BiblioAsia+ is a podcast about Singapore history by the National Library