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. For these two paintings, they are actually near places where I have stayed. I have walked by these scenes numerous times, and there was something about them which lingered long in my memory. I suppose that when you have stayed in a place long enough, it finds a place in your heart which you can call "home". And I think this notion of home, for most Singaporeans it would mean the HDB heartlands, filled with flats, shopping malls and carparks. But yet, this places are often encroaching upon spots where nature is allowed to grow freely in Singapore. Unfortunately, the price of development is the disappearance of places, such as the eastern part of Dover forest. In my walks, I often feel that trees are like age-old silent witnesses, seeing the rapid changes to the landscape that is happening around them. These two paintings are in a sense, records of views which I know will disappear in time to come. They are also portraits of these silent witnesses, in our landscape.”