About

Yong Gallery

The love for arts see Calligraphy Master Yong Cheong Thye and Wood Carving Master Cheh Kai Hon coming together to synergize Chinese Calligraphy with Wood Carving into a new medium of artwork. A transformation of Chinese Calligraphy, Painting artistically on Woods. The resulting piece of wood carving artwork made Chinese Calligraphy stand out like on paper with Wood giving it a new flavour. A display of intricate skills from Calligraphy, painting to Carving is what gives Yong Gallery the distinctive differentiation in arts.

Yong Cheong Thye

Yong Cheong Thye was born in Singapore in 1946. After graduating from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1966, his keen interest and search for the deeper meaning of Chinese art brought him under the pupilage of the late Master Calligrapher Tsue Ta Ti in 1967. His vast artistic talent was soon revealed through the expert guidance of Master Tsue. Yong’s own vision of the artistic order soon blossomed into new art forms, which have won wide acclaim both locally and internationally. Master Yong’s calligraphic talent was first shown when he won first-prize in nation wide Chinese calligraphy competitions in 1976 and 1977. Unwilling to let art be appreciated by only a few, he accepted invitation by the Singapore Tourism Board to introduce Singapore through his art exhibits overseas. His brushes have travelled with him to milestone exhibitions in Canada, Germany, Finland, Sweden, China, France, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Italy, England, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Japan and Korea. Locally, Master Yong has also accepted commercial invitations through both his art exhibits and calligraphy demonstrations and even the applications of calligraphy in advertisements which most artists would shun away. With the in-depth understanding of the Chinese Calligraphy both as a discipline and an art, Master Yong’s views and opinions have always been sought after both in locally and internationally.

Local Appointment

  •  Senior Judge for The Chinese Calligraphy Society of Singapore
  • Vice-Chairman for Federation of Art Societies (Singapore)
  • Vice-Chairman for Shicheng Calligraphy and Seal-Carving Society
  • 2010-2012 Appointed Assistant Treasurer Kreta Ayer Community Club Management Committee

International Appointments

1995
Appointed “Artistic Consultant” by the Shandong Weifiang International Artistic Committee in Shandong, Chin
2001
Director for the Taiwan Chinese Oracle Script Society (Singapore Office)
2009
Steering Committee of the First International Calligraphy Carving Festival Korea

Competition Judge

  •  1st Ponggol Secondary & Primary School Calligraphy Competition (8th January 2004)
  • Judge for the SAS & Dr Tan Tsze Chor Art Competition 2004 (19th September 2004)
  • Judge for the National Calligraphy Competition for Secondary & Primary Schools (13th March 2005)
  • Dr Tan Tsze Chor Art Award 2005 cum SAS 56th Annual Exhibition (13th November 2005)
  • 2005 National Calligraphy Competition for Nanyang Technology University
  • 2006 National Calligraphy Competition for Nanyang Technology University
  • 2012 Ulu Pandan Calligraphy Competition
  • 2012 Zhang Shou Shi National Secondary and Primary Schools’ Calligraphy Competition, Chung Cheng High School (Main)
  • 2012 Wei De Zhi Hai National Pen Brush Calligraphy Competition, Fo Guang Shan (Singapore)
  • Year 2012 Hong Wen School CNY Couplets Competition

Awards

 
1975
2nd Place , National Chinese Calligraphy Competition, Singapore
1976
1st Place , National Chinese Calligraphy Competition, Singapore
1977
1st Place , National Chinese Calligraphy Competition, Singapore
1978
Distinction Prize, Chinese Calligraphy Competition, Singapore 2nd Prize, UOB Chinese Art Competition, Singapore
1979
Tan Kheng Cheow Calligraphy Award
1981
Consolation Prize, National Chinese Calligraphy Competition, Singapore
1986
Gold Medal, Buddhist Art Competition, Singapore
2000
Silver Medal, International Oriental Art Exhibition, Holland
2007
Outstanding Award Exhibition in Aichi ,Japan
2008
Outstanding Award OAC Exhibition Japan Dr Tan Tsze Chor Art Award for the 59th SAS Annual Exhibition Singapore
2009
Outstanding Award Exhibition in Aichi ,Japan Outstanding Award OAC Exhibition, Japan
2010
Outstanding Award Exhibition in Aichi ,Japan Outstanding Award OAC Exhibition in Japan

Selected Solo Exhibitions

 
1985
Kuching, Sabah, Malaysia
1998
Chicago, USA
2006
A Journey In Ink, Singapore
2010
Solo Exhibition International Art Fair Seoul,Korea
2011
Solo Ceramics Calligraphy Exhibition in Jingdezhen China’s Jiangxi Province

Local Selected Collections

  •  His Excellency, President S.R. Nathan of Singapore
  • United Overseas Bank Group, Singapore
  •  Du Pont Singapore Pte Ltd
  • American Express
  • Gerald Jordan, Associate Professor of History, Faculty of Arts, Toronto-Canada
  • Buddhist Cultural Centre, Singapore
  • UNICEF
  • Hong Leong City Development (on display at Republic Plaza)
  • Mr Loh Wing Siew, Director of Keppel Corporation
  • Mr & Mrs Leonard, Estee Lauder Cosmetics Pte Ltd
  • Confucius Institute-Nanyang Technological University
  • National Art Gallery
  • National Library Board

International Selected Collections

  • Henan Calligraphy Society, China
  • Xinan Calligraphy and Painting Society, Mongolia China
  • The Society For The Studies Of Oracle-Bone Inscriptions , Jiangsu China
  • The Chinese Oracle Scirpt Society, Taichung Taiwan
  • Indonesian Calligraphy Society, Indonesia
  • International Oriental Art Institute European Center, Rotterdam Holland

Calligraphic Participation

 
1986
10th International Calligraphy Exhibition, Korea
1987
International Modern Chinese Calligraphy Exchange Exhibition in Henan, China
1990
1st  International Chinese Calligraphy Exchange Exhibition, Singapore
1992
Asia Invitation Art Exhibition Seoul, Korea
1993
International Exhibition of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, China Beijing International Calligraphy Exchange Exhibition Beijing, China Japan-Singapore Calligraphy and Ikebana Cultural Exchange Exhibition, Singapore 2nd International Calligraphy Exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan
1994
Asia Invitation Art Exhibition Seoul, Korea
1995
International Calligraphy Exhibition Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1996
12th International Lanting Calligraphy Exhibtion , Singapore
1997
15th Korea Exhibit of Letter Engraving Federation, Korea 13th International Lanting Calligraphy Exhibtion Shandong, China 2nd International Carving Art Exhibition Tokyo, Japan
1998
3rd International Calligraphy Carving Exhibition Wenzhou, China
1999
8th International Calligraphy Exhibition Hong Kong 15th International Lanting Calligraphy Exhibtion by Korea Lanting Art Society, Korea Korea Exhibit of the International Letter Engraving Federation, Korea China Xian International Calligraphy and Sealcarving Exhibition Xian, China
2000
6th China National Arts Festival Jiangsu, China International Pen Calligraphy Cultural Exchange Exhibtion Singapore 4th International Korea, China and Singapore Calligraphy Exhibition Korea
2002
2nd China (Tientsin) Calligraphy Art Festival Tientsin, China
2003
1st International Calligraphy Exhibition Gansu, China “International Calligraphy Exhibition”,by Sun Yet Sen Memorial Hall, Singapore.
2004
Calligraphy Exhibition by International Calligraphers Association Taipei,Taiwan Thomson Chinese Cultural Festival, Singapore
2006
International Poetic Calligraphy Exhibition in Shandong, China Singapore Miao Hia Chinese Art Society 10th Anniversary Grand Art Exhibition 2006 “Praises of Confucius” Calligraphy Exchange by Shicheng Calligraphy and Seal-Carving Society and NTU Thomson Chinese Cultural Festival 2006
2007
Busan Calligraphy Biennale, Korea 1st Canadian International Calligraphy Exhibition 2007 Malaysia-Singapore-China Calligraphy Exhibition, Malaysia SEA Calligraphy Artist Exhibition in Dalian, China “Praises of Confucius” Calligraphy Exchange by Shicheng Calligraphy and Seal-Carving Society and NTU
2008
Gwangju Biennale, Asia Calligraphy Exchange Exhibition, Korea The 8th International Calligraphy Exchange Exhibition Chinese Cultural Festival by Geylang West Community Club Asia Pacific Exchange Art Program by Singapore Miao Hia Chinese Art Society Lanting Art Society 20th Anniversary Exhibition
2009
Busan Calligraphy Biennale, Korea International Oracle Art Exhibition in China “The Call of Tradition” Exhibition,by Federation of Art Societies (Singapore) CNY Art Exhibition by Shicheng Calligraphy and Seal-Carving Society
2010
International Art Fair , Korea 4th OAC Exhibition in Japan 3rd “Tradition and Modernism” Exhibition, China 8th International Artists Exhibition, Taiwan International Chinese Calligraphy Exhibition, Singaopre The Chinese Cultural Festival, Singapore
2011
The Sankei 28th International Book Fair, Japan 3rd International Calligraphy and Painting Exhibition Asan,Korea “Modern Creative Calligraphy Exhibition” , Singapore Reflections on Cambodia 2011 Exhibition, Singapore Ceramics Calligraphy Exhibition held in Jingdezhen China’s Jiangxi Province Ceramics Calligraphy Exhibition held in MICA Artrium , Singapore Art is a lie – Telok Kurau Studios 14th Annual Exhibition
2012
Blossom In Spring – FASS Art Exhibition Singapore

Calligraphic Contributions

 
2002
Calligraphy Art Pieces to National Kidney Foundation CNY Fund Raising
2006
Calligraphy Art Charity Exhibition by Buddha Tooth Relic Temple (Singapore)
2008
Published “Calligraphy In Oracle Scripts by Yong Cheong Thye”
2008
Sichuan,China Quake Relief in Malaysia
2009
Heart Sutra Woodcarving Exhibition for Fa Hua Monastery Fund Raising
2011
Vesak Day Celebration, Buddhist Light Association (Singapore) Volunteered Calligraphy Teacher for Buddhist Welfare Services Volunteered Calligraphy Teacher for Fa Hua Monastery
2012
Calligraphy Art Pieces to Nanyang Academy Of Fine Arts CNY Fund Raising

Cheh Kai Hon

Wood-carver

Cheh Kai Hon studied Chinese Calligraphy and Seal Carving under Master Yong Cheong Thye, and is recognized as one of Asia Pacific’s most respected wood carver. His skills is much sort after. Cheh has executed important royal commissions from Asian monarchs, such as the King of Malaysia , His Majesty Sultan Azlan Shah. He has also successfully completed a commission to carve the official presidential crest on a chair used by The President of the Republic of Singapore, which is displayed in the Singapore Parliament House. Another important milestone for Cheh was his execution of the fine wood detailing inside the luxuriously appointed carriages of the world-famous Orient Express Train.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

1986
Participated in the Singapore National Day Carnival Art Fair
1988
Invited by Singapore Tourism Board to demonstrate Seal Carving in London, UK
1989
Invited by Singapore Tourism Board to demonstrate Finger Painting in Otago, New Zealand. Held Calligraphy Exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in memory of the late Master Calligrapher Tsue Ta Ti
1990
Invited by Singapore Tourism Board to demonstrate calligraphy, Finland
1995
Participated in “Seoul 95’ International Calligraphy Carving Exhibition”, Korea
1996
Invited by Singapore Tourism Board to demonstrate Calligraphy and Finger Painting in Auckland, New Zealand Participated in “1st International Calligraphy Carving Exhibition”, Singapore Participated in “International Calligraphy Carving Exhibition”, Tokyo, Japan
1997
Participated in “Seoul 97’International Calligraphy Carving Exhibition”, Korea Participated in “2nd International Calligraphy Carving Exhibition”, Tokyo, Japan; and represented Shicheng Calligraphy & Seal Carving Society at the Opening Ceremony and Seminal Invited by Singapore Tourism Board to demonstrate Chinese Calligraphy in Auckland, New Zealand
1998
Participated in “3rd International Calligraphy Carving Exhibition” held in Wen Zhou, Zhejiang province, China. Held “The Rising Phoenix”Two men Calligraphy Carving Exhibition in Singapore Invited by Singapore Tourism Board to demonstrate Chinese Calligraphy in Auckland, New Zealand
1999
Participated in “4th International Calligraphy Carving Exhibition “ Seoul, Korea
2000
Participated in “International New Era Oracles Calligraphy Exhibition”, Anyang , China “Hanlin Wood Carving” solo exhibition, Singapore

Selected Collections

 
2003 – A wood carving presented to the Singapore President, His Excellency, Mr. S. R. Nathan by the Member of Parliament for Jalan Besar Dr. Lily Neo during Mid-Autumn Festival in 2003. The subject of the art piece was “Favorable Weather
A wood carving presented to their Majesties, The Emperor & Empress of Japan, by Singapore Prime Minister, Mr. Goh Chok Tong on the occasion of the ASEAN – Japan Commemorative Summit, 11-12 December 2003. The subject of the art piece was “Exuberance”.