Anthony Poon (b1945 - d2006)

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Artist Profile
Anthony Poon born in Singapore in 1945,graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts  in 1964, and held his first exhibition at the old National Library.
He pursued further studies at Bynam Shaw School of Art in London in 1968 on a Lee Foundation study grant as well as a scholarship from the school.
Upon graduation he return to Singapore in 1971.
It was during the late 1970s that he produced the Wave Series, abandoning the shaped canvas for the square frame, although order and symmetry remained the operative logic. This was followed by the Frequency series in the early '80s, a truncated variant of the wave motif. Here, the illusion of three-dimensionality emerged as an interest of his. He also explored chromatic ranges in the Colour Theory series during this period.
Here, abstraction was the predominant form of expression, although Poon deferred in being more conceptual, analytical and controlled as compared to his contemporaries. His early works, although containing figurations instructive of the formal teachings of NAFA, already showed signs of semi-abstraction. He quickly developed a unique style, centred on his interest in the spatial relationship between line and colour. This was evident in the Kite series of geometric abstractions and aerodynamic shapes on shaped canvas developed just before his return to Singapore. He then expanded fully into the third dimension in the mid 1980s, with the Wave relief marking his progress into three-dimensions on canvas.
Sculptural works followed in the early 1990s, allowing for an interactive play of volume and void to form. His sculptures told of his meticulous slant towards precision, which were a creative engineering feat of geometrical shapes.
From pure reds to salmon pinks, subtle violets to ultramarine blues, Anthony Poon’s brightly coloured works capture the full spectrum of the rainbow. His works are grounded in a period of new exploration and developments taking place within the international abstract art movement during the 1960s and 1970s, and reflect an abstract artist’s relationship with the basic components of art: line, form and colour. In responding to the new artistic influences and challenges presented by this milieu, Anthony Poon found an avenue of artistic expression that was both in pace with the times, but was also distinctively his own.
A prolific and successful artist during his lifetime (1945 to 2006), with an artistic oeuvre that includes painting and sculpture, Anthony Poon was awarded the 1991 Cultural Medallion Award for his significant contribution to the development of Singapore art. Today, The National Art Gallery, Singapore (TNAGS) has custodianship of 38 of his works within the national art collection. This collection consists of works representing each stage of development in Anthony Poon’s artistic career, starting with works taken from his early days as a student at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, through to those works developed during his time in the United Kingdom (UK) and after his return to Singapore. The collection has grown significantly over the last few years, enriched by a number of significant donations.
In 2006, the Poon family made a major donation of 23 Anthony Poon works to the museum, in accordance with the artist’s last wishes. This significant donation collection comprised key pieces by Anthony Poon from various points in his career, and represents the foundation for the museum’s research into the artist’s stylistic progress.
Anthony Poon died in September 2, 2006 , aged 61.
 
AWARDS
2004: Ministry of Culture of P.R. China and the People’s Municipal Government of Beijing.
          Sculpture Competition, Housing and Development Board. Singapore
2002: Excellence Prize, China International City Exhibition & Symposium , Beijing
1999: Sculpture Competition, Ministry of Information and the Arts
1998: Sculpture Competition, Singapore Turf Club
1997:Sculpture Competition, United Engineers Square
1991: 1990 Cultural Medallion Award, Government of Singapore
1987: Second Prize, Sentosa Waterfront Sculpture Competition
1986: Kallang Theatre Mural Competition, Ministry of Culture
1983: First Prize, United Overseas Bank (UOB) Painting of the Year
1976: Pingat Apad Award, Association of Artists of various Resources
 
Artwork
Aqueous Waves  acrylic on canvas 1980.SOLD
Aqueous Waves acrylic on canvas 1980.SOLD
2D Waves (Orange)
1979
Acrylic on canvas
173 x 173cm