Asian Art Histories

Dissertation Title

"I Paint what I See.” Looking at the Art of Wee Shoo Leong from a Nanyang Perspective and Beyond

Dissertation Abstract

This thesis analyses the art of Wee Shoo Leong produced between 1990 and 2011. It focuses on his still life paintings and traces the evolution of his art as works that mirror the Nanyang style and its development beyond this genre. These developments have both philosophical and technical foundations. This research highlights the influence of his education in the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, and examines the influence of Nanyang style artists on the technical and philosophical development of the artist. However, Wee has departed from his early influences an outcome of his constant experiments with technical and conceptual approaches to art.