Birds Eye View Boat Quay
Street Market at Chinatown
1903 Against 2010
Singapore River in Abstraction (BOAT QUAY 1)
Singapore River in Abstraction (BOAT QUAY 2)
Ferry Hopping @ Changi Point
Boat Quay 1960's
Raffles Place 1930's
Lai Chun Yuen
Tongkangs @ Boat Quay
Hock Lam Street, Singapore 1960s
Chye, also known as Dick, had been in the advertising/graphic industry since the 70's. Chye started a
full time artist career from 2007. Painting to him is like a visual adventure, some pieces are like a
storyboard; a waxing lyrical of a bygone era with very individualistic portrayal of the subject matter.
Conversant in oil, acrylic and water colour, and with an exuberant and analytical mind, he transforms
each piece of his work into a bold and riveting picture. Being a prolific artist and one keen to
explore diverse techniques and medium, his works are his own interpretation of a blend of many art
movements - abstract, impressionism, modernism, and cubism, to name a few.
Chye now immerses himself in capturing on canvas, forms and images of subject matters that came to mind.
The main source of inspiration is still drawn from his own life experiences, with many of his paintings
developing a sense of character and personality, reflecting the artist's own fascination with people
and life in general.
Chye has a tendency to simplify the subject matters in his works. In one of his series, he would reduce
his entire canvas into black and white... at the same time he would leave a surprise to the audience,
by leaving a small trace of bright colours in an unexpected place. This ironic arrangement
catches the audience's attention and adds a sense of humor. In other works, Chye might use a
minimum set of colours, e.g. about 4 colours in total, but produce unlimited tonalities using
different hues of the same colour. This efficiency can only be achieved through a high level of