Yeo Jian Long’s artistic practice focuses on drawing and painting, along with a combination of other media such as oil and acrylic. He exhibited in SCOUT: Emerging Art Practices, Singapore Art Week (2016) and at Berdakwat (2016) at Shophouse 5, Singapore. He is a recipient of the Young Talent Programme Winners’ Solo Exhibitions by ION Art and Affordable Art Fair in 2016. His work is in the NAFA Collection, and also some private collections.
He graduated with Bachelor of Arts, in Fine Arts from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in 2013. He has exhibited his drawings in numerous shows at Chan Hampe Gallery, the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts galleries, and also at Goodman Arts Centre, Singapore. Jian Long has represented his alma mater at Art Stage 2015, an international art fair based in Singapore.
These paintings are based on locations which I've come across in Singapore. I am drawn to scenes which are overlooked, and in the minds of many, would be described as quotidian. However, I often find a certain beauty inherent in them. These paintings can be called "sketchbook paintings", as with my sketchbook in hand, I immerse myself in the landscape by observing and painting with rapt attention.
As I draw and paint the scene before me, trying to capture the shifting curves of clouds, or the weathered trunk of a rain tree, I pay closer attention to them, finding that they are filled with light, colour and texture.
For these paintings, my chosen medium was watercolour, as I find that it's subtle qualities are able to capture the nuanced mood of the landscape. Furthermore, it allows the artist to record their direct response to the landscape. The small format of these paintings, reflect an intimacy which I would like to convey to the viewers.