About the artworkI was surprised to see this kelong (offshore platform built predominantly with wood for fishing or fish farming purposes) when I was on Seletar North Link looking toward the Johor Strait. It might be one of the last few kelongs left in Singapore. The backdrop of industrial buildings in Malaysia was nice so I decided to paint it.
Tay Zhiyong is an art teacher and watercolourist. He was an apprentice of Singapore artist Leo Hee Tong and graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Masters in Architecture. He went on to work as an architectural associate at an architectural firm for one-and-a-half years before making a career switch to teaching art at secondary school.
As an art teacher, Zhiyong believes in leading students by example in creating a portfolio of watercolour works during his free time. His work was featured in an exhibition of art works by MOE art teachers in 2016, and later in the Urban Sketchersâ€™ publication I Love Geylang Serai. He was later admitted into the Singapore Watercolour Society and exhibited at the 47th Singapore Watercolour Society Annual Exhibition 2016. Recently, Zhiyong was selected as one of the finalists for the Angelico Art Award 2018.