Leow considers the impermanence of life through the passage of time, and explores the sentiment of losing something or someone. Leow’s works are informed by the cultural and social issues around him. From 2008 to 2013, Leow taught Painting at the University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and his works created during this period of time reveal many influences from the region. His series of silhouette portraits allude to censorship in the UAE, while works featuring superimposed layers of animals and people speak of the political crises that have confronted the Arab world. Since Leow’s return to Singapore, his works look to historical issues closer to home, such as the “Merdeka” battle cry used in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia calling for freedom, anti-colonialism and independence in the 1950s. Yet, Leow continues to create works based on news of loss in the Arab region.
Vincent Leow (b. 1961, Singapore) has been teaching at the School of the Arts, Singapore since 2013. Leow received his Diploma in Fine Art, Sculpture from LASALLE, College of the Arts in 1987 and his Master of Fine Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, USA in 1991. In 2005, Leow attained his Doctorate of Fine Art from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. Leow has held numerous solo exhibitions since 1991, most recently For Those Who Have Been Killed at the Visual Arts Development Association, Singapore in 2015. For his contribution to the arts, Leow was also awarded the Culture Award by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Singapore in 2002. Leow’s works are also in the collections of National Gallery Singapore, NUS Museum – National University of Singapore, Singapore Art Museum, Deutsche Bank Singapore, National Arts Council, Singapore, National Institute of Education, Singapore, Fukuoka Art Museum and in other private collections.
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