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Monday Art by Murals Artist Yip Yew Chong

Dhoby Ghaut – 2020

“Dhoby Ghaut, which lies smack in the heart of the city, is a lively place today but not many people know why the place is so named. This whimsical painting peels off layers of time to showcase what Dhoby Ghaut, Orchard Road and Bras Bash Road were like in their early days. it is whimsical because it is an impossible scene – the landmarks depicted did not exist together at any one time, as some were demolished before the other were built. The view is seen form a prison (Gaol) where present-day SMU stands.It overlooks a sprawling filed dotted with white linen drying under the sun. the washermen from Inda (called Dobi) are seen washing laundry in the stream (Sungei Bras Basah). The stream still exists today, albeit hidden underground as the Stamford Canal, used to drain storm water from the Orchard valley. Scan through the painting and see how many past and present icons you can identify. Watch out for the train track that ran through Orchard Road.”

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Back in March/April Yip Yew Chong had a few exhibitions across Singapore. The first one was at ArtPorters gallery with some of his mural inspired art and then 2 exhibitions back to back, one at the Substation, followed by one in the hotel Sofitel. Those pieces were slightly different than his murals but still very intrigued and detailed paintings. You could lose yourself in front of each of his canvas. I will post one each Monday (it will last until the end of the year!!! Yeah one less post to think about 😉)

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