KUM Chee Kin 甘志坚

© KUM Chee Kin. Image courtesy of Modern Art Society Singapore.

Born in Singapore, 1962

Contemporary art is not all about aesthetic; rather it is a mean for capturing the encounter between my own subjectivity and experience in the world. Living in a multi-cultural urban society, I am concerned with the conflicts between man and culture as well as the ensuing barriers that exist between different art-forms, cultures and communities. I see these as metaphor for the dissonance in man, between his rational and irrational self. For me, one of the beauties of art is that it can confront such topics and speak about the particulars in such a way that they become universal concerns.

Chee Kin graduated from National University of Singapore with BA [A.S.] and a Postgraduate Degree in Architecture; then, went on to gain his membership with BOA in 1996. Since his school days, he has embarked on a self-directed course of art-education and received tutelage with WY Choy, BK Goh and OP Tan; learned to draw influences from Eastern and Western arts, histories, aesthetics and find inspirations from our multi-cultural urban identities.

He participated in international exhibitions, such as The UN Millennium Art-Exhibition, China-Singapore Ex-change Art Showcase, ASEAN Art-Awards and AIAE series and taken part in several artist exchange-programs in China, Indonesia, Korea and Japan.

In his term as President of Sculpture Society (2009 – 2013), he mobilised concerted group effort to reach-out to the larger artistic fraternity and set up the Sculpture Pavilion together with various public programmes like the Sculpture-Trail, Public-Talk, Artist-in-Residency workshop-exhibition, all based at Fort Canning Park and found time to co-initiate “Art Rafflesian” exhibition for his alma-mater.  He serves as an overseas co-ordinator with the Shanghai-based international contemporary ink collaborative “Ink Forum” and has recently with WY Choy curated the group first exhibition entitled “In Sequence” at the Zhejiang Art Museum.

He received Top Prize at Windsor & Newton Worldwide Millennium Painting in Singapore followed by team Runner-up at Daler-Rowney Worldwide Millennium Art-Club Challenge Palette in the United Kingdom (1998); Juror’s Choice of Philip Morris Singapore-ASEAN Art Award, 1st Prize of UOB Competition and CDL-Singapore Sculpture Merit Awards.

His works are collected by United Overseas Bank, National University of Singapore, Beijing YingGu Art Museum and Shanghai Zobon Museum.

Contact: +65 9763 3010
Email: ckkum.sculpturesociety@gmail.com