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Anthony Poon (b. 21 April 1945, Singapore - d. 2 September 2006, Singapore), an abstract artist and sculptor, is widely cited as a second-generation artist. He is best known for his "Wave series" and wave-relief paintings which he developed. He was probably the most commissioned artist of his generation, with innumerable works in both private and public collections.
Early Life and Education
After graduating from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1964, Poon joined Singapore Glass Manufacturer as an industrial artist. After three years, he furthered his studies in fine art in the United Kingdom. He studied first at the Byam Shaw School of Arts, London, and then at the Regional College of Arts, Bradford, Yorks. After completing his studies, he returned to Singapore. He was manager of Alpha Gallery from 1973 to 1978 before becoming a full-time artist.
Achievements in Art
Poon was best known for his Wave series of paintings which he started in the early 1970s. Over the years, his paintings had progressed from geometric abstractions on flat canvasses to curvatures and three-dimensional relief paintings and sculptures.
Poon had participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions. He had also been commissioned by various organisations and today his art pieces grace the halls and spaces of many organisations both local and overseas. Furthermore, many of his art works spanning the entire spectrum of his art career had been donated to the Singapore Art Museum where the public can encounter his artistic creations and be inspired by the pioneering abstract artist of Singapore.
Besides producing art works, Poon was also active in other activities relating to art, especially in the National Arts Council. He was involved in many panels such as for the Cultural Medallion and Young Artist Award.
For his invaluable contributions to the arts in Singapore Poon received many awards and prizes, including the prestigious Cultural Medallion in 1990.
1964 : Paintings by Anthony Poon, National Library.
1967 : Mixed Media, National Library.
1971 : Shape Canvases, Alpha Gallery.
1975 : Waves Series, Alpha Gallery.
1978 : Colour Frequency Waves, Alpha Gallery.
1964 : Southeast Asia Art, Victoria Memorial Hall.
1967 : Eighth National Art Exhibition, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
1969 : Commonwealth Young Artists, Royal Overseas League, London, UK.
1970 : Young Contemporaries, Royal Academy Galleries, London, UK.
1972 : Modern Art 72, Modern Art Society, National Library.
1973 : Elemental Abstraction, Alpha Gallery.
Selected Commissioned Works
Asian contemporary art exhibition. (1986). Singapore: Ministry of Community Development.
(Call no.: RSING 709.5074095957 ASI)
Barnes, R. (1979, December-1980, January). The Singapore art scene: the work of Anthony Poon. The decorator, 119-122.
(Call no.: RSING 759.95957 SIN)
Lim, R. (Ed.). (1990). Singapore artists speak (pp. 90-93). Singapore: C. H. Yeo.
(Call no.: RSING 709.95957 SIN)
Poon's works donated to SAM [Electronic version]. (2007, January 26). Today. Retrieved September 26, 2007, from Factiva database.
Purushothaman, V. (Ed.). (2002). Narratives: Notes on a cultural journey (pp. 184-185). Singapore: National Arts Council.
(Call no.: RSING 700.95957 NAR)
Sabapathy, T. K. (1991). Many in one: 25 years of art from Singapore. Singapore: National Museum.
(Call no.: RSING 759.95957 MAN)
Sheares, C. (1995). Art in the city: the Raffles City Collection (pp. 50-51). Singapore: Raffles City.
(Call no.: RSING 708.95957 ART)
Singapore artist directory (p. 202). (1993). Singapore: Empress Place Museum.
(Call no.: RSING 709.59570922 SAD)
Singapore artists. (1982). Singapore: Cultural Foundation [and] Federal Publications.
(Call no.: RSING 759.95957 SIN)
(Call no.: RSING 709.5957 TAN)
(Call no.: RSING 709.5957 TKS)
Yap, S. (2006, September 3). Pioneer abstract artist dies from lung cancer. The Sunday Times. Retrieved September 26, 2007, from Factiva database.
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Poon, Anthony, 1945-2006