Our Sister Property, Fairmont Singapore, proudly presents “I Paint my Singapore,” an exhibition showcasing an epic painting by Singaporean visual artist, Yip Yew Chong. In early 2023, Yip Yew Chong completed his most ambitious project to date – a 60m long acrylic painting of Singapore depicting his impressions of Singapore in the 1970s and 80s.
Spanning 60 meters, the painting comprises 27 scenes across numerous panels, each measuring 2.2 meters in length and 1.1 meters in height. Despite their panoramic nature, the scenes are intricately detailed. They vividly depict Singapore’s evolving landscape and daily life, capturing its journey from a city of kampongs to a modern metropolis. Notable scenes include Collyer Quay and Raffles Place, featuring the lively Change Alley, the iconic Singapore River with bumboats, and the sea-facing Padang, surrounded by a collection of civic buildings. Together, they depict the familiar neighborhood where Fairmont Singapore is located.
Yip Yew Chong painted the first scene in August 2021, a night scene of Kreta Ayer. He painted the final scene in January 2023, a day scene of Kreta Ayer. The day and night scenes are joined at a shophouse where his family lived on the second storey during his childhood. Likewise, all scenes are joined seamlessly, morphing from place to place, and at different times of the day. The joined scenes, spanning
60m, will be displayed in a semi-circular arrangement.
“I Paint my Singapore” will be unveiled and showcased for the very first time in its entirety in a dedicated exhibition at the Raffles City Convention Centre on Level 4.
Yip Yew Chong shares, “Although this exhibition comprises a single artwork, it is the one piece that I hope all of Singapore will come to view. It represents my most significant painting to date. It is also an expression of my love and tribute to Singapore.”
William J. Haandrikman, Managing Director at Fairmont Singapore and Swissôtel The Stamford, added, “It’s indeed an honour to showcase such a significant Singaporean masterpiece at Raffles City Convention Centre, whose location within the Civic District has been an integral evolution of Singapore’s history. We look forward to welcoming visitors to take in this impressive work of art. Fairmont Singapore is committed to fostering connections with our vibrant local culture and heritage, ensuring that our guests leave with unforgettable memories of Singapore.”
The exhibition is scheduled to run from Thursday, 30 November 2023 to Monday, 1 January 2024, and will be open to the public, from 10 am to 8 pm daily. Entry is free of charge. Accor Live Limitless (ALL) members can also participate in a one-hour private tour conducted by Yew Chong, from Thursdays to Sundays at 5pm. Advance reservation is required with limited availability for each tour.
On the following dates in December, 12th; 13th, 19th, 20th & 26th, Yip Yew Chong will conduct a live painting and visitors can watch how he paints first-hand. Those willing to capture the experience are encouraged to follow @fairmontsingapore on FB/IG for further updates.
Raffles City Convention Centre is located at:
80 Bras Basah Road
Nearest MRT: City Hall