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Hong Teng completed his diploma in Graphic Design at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1993, and obtained his honors degree in Graphic Design (Illustration) at The London Institute in the following year. After a short stint as a graphic journalist with The New Paper, Hong Teng embarked on a 2-year collaboration to illustrate a graphic novel, titled 01321. Self-published in 1996, the page one of 01321 won the gold award in digital art category at the inaugural Siggraph Asia Pacific Animation and Digital Art Competition 2001. Between 1997-2002, Hong Teng was the design director at Patroids Creative Works, before deciding to work full-time on comics art and painting.
Hong Teng’s featured work is a continuation of his ‘BLKS & NOS’ art series with six new paintings. The subject of the compositions is uniquely Singaporean, and focuses on the common landscape of Singapore by enhancing the scenes through highlighting the interesting features that are often unnoticed.
Mulan Gallery will be featuring Hong Teng’s work together with new works by comic artist Sonny Liew in an exhibition titled ‘Lucky Plazas’. The show sees both artists explore issues about Singaporean identity in their own unique ways. The exhibition opens on September 4th and continues through September 25th.