Born in Malaysia in 1973, Bak Chiang graduated with a Diploma from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts  Singapore in 1995 and studied at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China in 1997. A 2002 Young Artist Award recipient, Tay is one of Singapore’s most original painters. He has constantly reinterpreted the norms of traditional Chinese painting by striving towards a Chinese ink style of his own.

Tay paints subjects found in the nature of Singapore and Southeast Asia. He seeks to interpret them in terms of form, composition, technique, material and colour. For him, nature represents perfect balance and harmony. He believes that his art should reflect the spirit of contemporary times as well as bear the imprint of his environment.

Tay was awarded the First Prize in the Chinese Painting category in the 19th and 22nd United Overseas Bank Painting of the Year Competitions, in 2000 and 2003 respectively.



2018 The Fisherman and the Woodcutter – Singapore

2018 From Stone to Mountains – London

2016 Revisit – Beijing

2016 From A Distance – Art Basel , Hong Kong

2015 The Chivalrous Hero – Bangkok

2015 Blue White Vermilion – Singapore

2014 Cleavages Fractures Fold – Singapore

2014 The Story of the Stone – Hong Kong

2013 The Breadth of A Blade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore

2012 Hear the Wind Sing – Hong Kong

2011 Ingenuity – Singapore

2010 Between Breaths – Singapore

2003 Fa Zi Hua Sheng – Singapore


2003 1st Prize (Traditional Chinese Medium Category), 22nd UOB Painting of the Year Competition, Singapore

2002 Young Artist Award for Visual Arts – National Arts Council Singapore

2002 Distinction – Chinese Painting Category – Dr Tan Tsze Chor Art Award, Singapore

2000 1st Prize (Traditional Chinese Medium Category), 19th UOB Painting of the Year

Competition, Singapore

1999 Distinction – Chinese Painting Category – Dr Tan Tsze Chor Art Award, Singapore

1995 16th Shell Discovery Art Award, Singapore


Mandarin Oriental, Singapore

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore

National Arts Council, Singapore

National Gallery Singapore


Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, London

Simmons & Simmons Contemporary Art Collection

Singapore Turf Club


SC Global Developments

The Istana, official residence and office of the President of Singapore

United Overseas Bank

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