Art In Story

As part of UOB's ongoing efforts to raise the awareness and appreciation of art, the artworks featured in Art In Story of the UOB Art Explorer are part of the Bank's four-decade old UOB Art Collection consisting of more than 2,400 works of art from Asia Pacific and Europe.

Through Art In Story, the Bank hopes to bring the story of each artwork to life, and to bring positivity to all during these challenging times.

Artist Talk


Chan Sze Cheong (Cantonese only)

Chan Sze Cheong, a winner of the 2019 UOB Art in Ink Awards, shares his artistic practice and artwork creation process, winning artwork and first virtual solo exhibition at the UOB Virtual Art Space. He also talks about how he keeps up with his artistic passion as an artist with a full-time job.


Chan Sai-lok and Chui Pui-chee (Cantonese only)

Chan Sai-lok, winner of the 2017 UOB Ink Art of the Year Award, and Dr Chui Pui-chee, a judge of the UOB Art in Ink Awards talk about their new exhibition, The Name Red, as well as their artistic practice and unique interpretation of contemporary ink aesthetics.


Forging a Sustainable Future Through a Cultural Lens (Cantonese only)

At Art Central 2021, UOB invited four speakers from across the creative industries in Hong Kong to discuss sustainability from an art perspective. They include Kay Chan, product designer; Chris Cheung (h0nh1m), new media artist and winner of the 2019 UOB Art in Ink Awards; Eric Ho, contemporary Chinese ink artist and Penelope Luk, creative director at Crafts on Peel.


UOB Art in Ink Awards


Inside Outside 5 by Wong Wai Kin

Inside Outside 5 by Wong Wai Kin, Gold Award winner of 2018 UOB Art in Ink Awards in Landscape or Figurative, Open Category captures the densely-populated environment in a concrete jungle. The window enables people to ponder one's future and hope beyond the glittering city skyline.


Untitled by Eric Lai

Untitled by Eric Lai, winner of the 2018 UOB Art in Ink Awards, is layered with artist’s observation of and imagination towards life through multiple ink diffusion techniques. The flow of ink embodies the power of adaptability in an ever-changing environment.


Between the Gate by Wang On Ni

Between the Gate by Wang On Ni, a winner of the 2019 UOB Art in Ink Awards, is a diptych showing a juxtaposition of two different shades of ink. The artwork suggests the complexities of family relationship whilst revealing her feelings of deceased loved ones.


InkFlux by Chris Cheung (h0nh1m)

In his winning artwork InkFlux, Chris Cheung (h0nh1m), a winner of the 2019 UOB Art in Ink Awards, has reimagined the narrative of void in Chinese painting by turning pollution data of Hong Kong into an ink art installation.


Devotion (1,2,3) by Kenneth Ip

Kenneth Ip, a winner of the 2019 UOB Art in Ink Awards, enjoys finding meaning in the little things in life and reminds everyone the purpose of life through his winning artwork Devotion (1,2,3).


UOB Painting of the Year


Title: Mata Puteh
Artist: Wee Shoo Leong

Every morning is a new beginning, bringing positivity and opportunities.

"Mata Puteh" by Wee Shoo Leong, winner of 1988 UOB Painting of the Year (Singapore), Certificate of Distinction Award, depicts his belief in harmonious existence as well as the simplicity and bliss in life. The various everyday objects set themselves against a blank background, giving the artwork clarity and a sense of harmony.

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Title: Ah Ma's Kitchen
Artist: Yeo Tze Yang

Ah Ma's Kitchen by Yeo Tze Yang, a painter of Singaporean life and our 2016 UOB Painting of the Year (Singapore) Silver Award winner, depicts a familiar place where he frequents – his grandmother’s kitchen. It shows the way of life for many of us.

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Title: I Thought, We Can Stay Strong Like Stones
Artist: Chok Yue Zan

Depth, strength and unity of familial ties are displayed in "I Thought, We Can Stay Strong Like Stones" by 2017 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia) top winner, Chok Yue Zan. The rocks carved in the shape of people stand resilient amid swaying foliage, cloudy skies and rolling waters. It signifies the fortitude and determination to weather change and volatility.

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Title: Elephants Crossing the Water
Artist: Tang Kok Soo

"Elephants Crossing the Water" by 2016 UOB Painting of the Year (Singapore) Gold winner, Tang Kok Soo, symbolises strength in unity and celebrates the focus needed to stay the course.

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Title: Unity #5
Artist: Vani Hidayatur Rahman

Unity #5 by Vani Hidayatur Rahman, winner of 2013 UOB Painting of the Year (Indonesia), Silver Award, Established Artist Category, conveys the spirit of togetherness where individuals from different backgrounds work alongside for progression and advancement.

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Title: Isolated Garden
Artist: Prabu Perdana

Isolated Garden by Prabu Perdana, winner of 2020 UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year and top winner of 2020 UOB Painting of the Year (Indonesia), Established Artist Category, demonstrates how we can show solidarity during this pandemic.

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Title: Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay United
Artist: John Soo

John Soo, winner of 2020 UOB Painting of the Year (Singapore), Silver Award, Emerging Artist Category, reminds everyone to be vigilant and to stay united through his winning artwork, Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay United.

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