NG Joon Kiat
Joon Kiat is a painter who works with the material language of paint as thought and conceptual processes. He develops art researches from archives of disciplines such as geography, microscopic science, history, cartography, surgical history and city-planning to interrogate for a painting practice. He started practicing in the late 1990s.
In 2001, Joon Kiat received a Shell-NAC scholarship (presently known as NAC overseas scholarship), the most prestigious scholarship at the National Arts Council of Singapore to complete the Master in Fine Art program at the University of Kent in the U.K. Joon Kiat was also the recipient of other scholarships such as the Ericsson Scholarship that supported his first-degree study and the Georgette Chen Scholarship to support his diploma program. In 1997, he was given the SIA Excellence in the Arts award. After his National Service, he won the Nokia Art Award and represented Singapore to take part in the Asia-Pacific Nokia Art Competition in Seoul, Korea.
In 2007, the National Museum of Singapore presented Joon Kiat’s solo exhibition for a period of two months. Singapore’s renowned and highly respected art historian T.K. Sabapathy has written about his works. In 2010, the Esplanade presented his solo exhibition under their most prestigious visual art program. The National Art Gallery of Singapore has bought a set of his seminal works for their collection.
In 2011, he was invited to serve as a member on the interview panel for scholarships and bursary at the National Arts Council of Singapore. His works has been selected to represent Singapore at the Singapore Embassy in Berlin during the 8th Asia-Pacific Weeks. He was one of the 30 Asian Finalists at the prestigious Sovereign Asian Art Competition 2011.
In 2012, he was one of the 25 Asian artists selected to exhibit with Britain’s Royal Academicians. Joon Kiat was one of the three artists to represent the Singapore Platform at Art Stage 2012, the exhibition was curated by Dr Charles Merewether.
In 2013, he was commissioned to make a work for the Singapore Biennale 2013. He was invited to exhibit at Louis Vuitton Island Maison in Singapore. In 2014, he was invited to exhibit at 2014 Busan Biennale special exhibition in South Korea. In 2016, he was invited to exhibit at School of Art, Design and Media at the Nayang Technological University in Singapore.
In 2019, he was invited to produce his solo exhibition at School of Art, Design and Media at the Nayang Technological University in Singapore.
His works had been exhibited at the following art fairs: Art HK12, Art Gwangju 12, Art Stage 2012, Art Stage 14-16-17, Art Cologne 2014, Art Basel Hong Kong 2013-14-16-17, Art Taipei 2014, Seattle Art Fair 2014.
University of Kent
Master of Arts in Fine Art
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University
Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art)
Scholarships, Awards and Invitations
2019 – Searching Operations: Bodies Of Painting by Ng Joon Kiat
2016 – Mapping Macrocosms
2014 - 2014 Busan Biennale special exhibition
2013 - Singapore Biennale 2013
2012, 2013, 2015 – Works by Ng Joon Kiat
2012 - Encounter: The Royal Academy in Asia
2012 - Island Allegories by Dr Charles Merewether
2011 - One of the 30 Asian Finalists. The Sovereign Asian Art Competition 2011
2010 - Solo exhibition presented by the Esplanade
2008 - Solo exhibition presented by Taksu gallery
2007 - Solo exhibition presented by the National Museum of Singapore
2001 - Shell-NAC Scholarship
2001 - Merit Award, Nokia Asia-Pacific Art Competition, 2001. Seoul, Korea
2000 - Nokia Art Award, 2000. Singapore
1997 - SIA Excellence in the Arts Award
1997 - Ericsson Scholarship
1996 - Georgette Chen Scholarship
Corporate and Institutional Acquisitions includes:
Aspen-Re art collection
Eu Yan Sang Art Collection
Singapore Embassy in Berlin
National Art Gallery of Singapore
Ericsson Telecommunication Pte Ltd
Petite Anse Development Ltd
SC Global Developments Ltd
Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore
Joon Kiat has actively participated in many exhibitions locally and internationally. His works have been exhibited in the U.K., Brazil and France as well as in the Asia Pacific galleries like Taksu Gallery (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Argayle Gallery (Sydney, Australia), INSA Art Center (Seoul, Korea), Cultural Center of the Philippines (Manila), Mercury Gallery Bangkok (Thailand), Osage Gallery (Hong Kong), Pearl Lam Gallery (Shanghai) and Galeri Nasional, Medan Merdeka (Jakarta, Indonesia). Osage Gallery and the Rhona Hoffman Gallery (Chicago) presented his works at ArtHK 2012. He was invited to exhibit at the He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China in 2012. His works have been collected by private collectors in Singapore, Taiwan, Germany, France, U.K., Japan, Philippines, Hong Kong, Africa, Australia and Switzerland since 1996.