Born in Singapore, 1941
The visual world can be awe-inspiringly beautiful. When travelling across such vast countries as China and Europe to the remote areas far away from the bustling cities, I encountered nature’s landmarks which were exuberant fascinating even spiritual. When the light stuck, the whole ambience was dramatically transformed.
I gradually developed a passion for painting the rugged landmarks in their raw beauty. Not believing in the stereotyped version. I attempt to re-create the scene. I experiment with collage and mix media. As it is evolves, my painting is more and more a captivating fusion of many ingredients: realism, abstraction, creativity and the element of emotion. Painting should be an endless challenge.
Florence attended art classes under the tutelage of Tan Oi Pang in 1986 also classes conducted by different artists, such as portrait painting from Kang Siong Joo, Chinese calligraphy from Yang Wei Chuen and Tan Siah Kuey at Singapore Calligraphy Centre, seal engraving and scroll mounting from Tay Choon Kiat, and collage painting from Albert Tan.
She has held some solo exhibition locally, such as “Inner Kingdom Contemporary Asian Painting” (2003); “Ziani” (2004); and participated in many group exhibitions locally and overseas, such as the Asian International Art Exhibition (1998 – 2003); Singapore and Malaysia Exhibition, Malaysia (2007, 2003 and 2002); NAFA Art Exhibition (2011); Affordable Art Fair, Singapore (2010); 17th Asian International Watercolour Exhibition (2005); International Women’s Art Exhibition, Korea (2004); Orange Blossom Festival, Australia (2002); Singapore and Nara Goodwill Exhibition, Japan (1999); UOB Competition (1992 – 1997); Singapore Discovery Art Exhibition, (1990 and 1991); and Singapore Art Fair (1988 – 1997).
She received some awards, such as highly commended in Dr. Tan Tsze Chor Art Award (2003 – 2005, 2010, 2011 and 2013); UOB Competitions (1992 and 1997).
Her works are collected by Singapore Art Museum, Chengdu Museum (China), Sri Lanka Embassy and Machizukurikan Museum (Japan); National Kidney Foundation, Cancer Story.com Children Cancer Foundation and Xi Yan Charity Dinner for autistic children.