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Tale of a Total TaiTai who was in Beijing & Beyond and is now in Singapore & Surroundings!

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Monday Art by Murals Artist Yip Yew Chong.
Jalan Singapura 4 – A New Beginning – 2020

“A sense of anticipation and renewal fills in the air. The row of wooden houses fronting the road have already been replaces with taller concrete apartment. The families of the last two kampong houses are seen moving out. The former farm areas further in are now construction sites for HDB flats.
This was the Singapore in the 1970s and 1980s that went through rapid and drastic infrastructure changes. I am reminded of my family’s resettlement in 1983 from our dilapidated house in old Chinatown, to the HDB flat perched on the 25th floor. I was just 14 years old, but was already excited and anxious about our new beginning.”

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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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Monday Art by Murals Artist Yip Yew Chong.

Peranakan Wedding – 2020

“When I thought of painting a scene that is symbolic to the Peranakan community, I thought that an olden day wedding scene would be apt, because it would be colourful and intricate, qualities which Peranakan culture is known for. More so, it would be meaningful because that was how Peranakans came about –through intermarraige of the Chinese traders with local women in Singapore’s early days. Thus, we see an interesting blend of Chinese and Nusantara culture in their dressing, food, language, customs and architecture. As for the house, I chose the present-day ‘NUS Baba House’ at Neil Road, an iconic Peranakan museum painted in striking blue, because I pass by the museum almost everyday as a resident of the area. Just five doors away is the house that our first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew lived in as a child. He is probably the most famous Peranakan in Singapore!’”

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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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Monday Art by Murals Artist Yip Yew Chong.

Deepavali Eve at Serangoon Road – 2020

“In Covid-striken 2020, I ccreated this painting two weeks before Deepavali with hopes of stirring up some festivity for our HIndu friends. It depicts the hustle and bustle at Serangoon Road on the eve of Deepavali in 1984. To make the scene more realistic and relatable, I included familiar shop names like Jothi Flowers, Haniffa Textiles, Komalas and Govindasamy Pillai store – all written in Tamil too. A speech therapist wrote to me sharing her story of how she used the painting to successfully spark positive response from an Indian patient who had been very withdrawn. The patient was initially apprehensive, but she looked at the familiar scenes, she ran her finger on the mobile screen and started to describe what she spotted. The painting had made her cry, and the story made me cray too!”

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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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Monday Art by Murals Artist Yip Yew Chong .

Timithi – 2020

“When my family was resettled into a HDB flat in Chinatown, we were lucky to be allocated the 25th floor. Not only did we have a panoramic view of the city, the sea and nearby Indonesian islands, we also enjoyed a bird’s eye view of the festivals in Chinatown. This painting show the annual fire walking festival, Timithi, held at the Sri Mariamman Temple which is ironically located in the heart of Chinatown. But in this depiction, I have turned the clock further back to 1909! It shows the original Gopuram -a simpler three-tier tower with a thatched roof leading to the tEmple altar. That thatched roof caught fire in 1910 and the Gopuram was replaced in the 1930s with a more intricate fIve-tier tower. To this day, the splendid Timithi festival is still held annually at the temple.”

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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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Monday Art by Murals Artist Yip Yew Chong.

Preparing for the Haj – 2020

“Since young I’ve been fascinated by Bussorah Street for its "tunnel view” of the grand Sultan Mosque. Thus, I have painted many scenes of Bussorah Street, including a fantasy scene of the street covered in snow, painted in 1987! This most recent painting, set in 1972, is a very special one. It is most intricate and took the most amount of historical research. It depicts Haj pilgrims, families and Khaji shopkeepers busy preparing for the Haj. Singapore was once a stopover for pilgrims in the region who took the sea route to Mecca, and Kg Glam was where preparations for the journey took place. When I posted a photo of this painting on social media, it was very well received by the Malay/Muslim community. Many shared their memories of sending their grannies off at Kg Glam for the Haj.“

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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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Monday Art by Murals Artist Yip Yew Chong

Geyland Serai Bazaar Raya – 2020

“From late 1960 to 2003, this was the scene of the bustling Geyland Serai Ramadan Bazaar? This painting depicts the market in 1970. At that time, Geyland-Changi Road was still bi-directional and the postal code was ‘14’. As a youth, I would make my yearly "pilgrimage” to this market during Ramadan. I loved open air markets and I loved its ethnic feel. I remember waiting at the Haig Road Hawker Centre at dusk to watch people have breakfast after the prayer calls. After dinner, I would cross the road ans squeeze through the packed market. I would queue to cross the overhead bridge to get a view of the light-up from the bridge, before taking my one-hour bus ride home.“

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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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Monday Art by Murals Artist Yip Yew Chong
Tanjong Malang – 2020

“This unique painting defies time, straddling 1844 and 2020. It depicts a once-important bustling capetown called Tanjong Malang, in the south coast of Singapore. The town comprised a Malay fishing village, a Hakka temple village, a hilltop Mausoleum of a revered Muslim Saint (Habib Noh), a Mosque below it, and a Parsi cemetery. It was an exemplary multiracial settlement, alongside Telok Ayer to its north. As Singapore developed, the hills were leveled, the bay filled, and the beaches made concrete. Soon, it became Singapore’s Central Business District. Today, glittering towers and flyovers surround and conceal the only remnants of his historic town -the Mausoleum, the mosque and the Hakka temple.”

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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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Monday Art by Murals Artist Yip Yew Chong

Kallang – 2020

“The flight is about to land in a few minutes, and a breathtaking view unfurls below. Flying over a familiar huge blue cylinder, I can see the street life below -buses, trishaws and people moving about. I can see a huge stadium and the tiny airport building on the left! The rivers are winding and converge into a large bay. A village in between, of attap houses and boats with tall masts, takes me back to the nineteenth century. As a plane glides over the long bridge, I can see a stone lion below a column at one end. On the sprawling bay teems boats, ships and flying-boats? Further beyond, another huge bridge seems to be under construction, and some strange seashell-like buildings glitter afar. A timeless view I wish could last forever, but alas, we’ll be landing at Kallang Airport…”

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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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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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Monday Art by Murals Artist Yip Yew Chong

Pulau Saigon – 2020

“Once upon a time, there was an island in the middle of Singapore River, called Pulau Saigon. It was an important island at the crossroad of transportation and ethnic settlements. A historical railway track ran through this river island from around 1906 till 1932. The island was gradually merged to the south bank of the Singapore River from around 1972 to 1991. In 1984, I walked across the island daily for a whole month as I worked in a warehouse wrapping hampers during my school holidays, but I didn’t know it was an island then! Today, the Central Expressway tunnels underneath the expunged island. This painting also showcases several past and present landmarks around the Singapore river. Try spotting them! Hint: This view is seen form Pearl’s Hill.”

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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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