If size was a measure of strength, neither Han Sai Por nor Singapore would reckon for much
(14 April 2016, Thursday) If size was a measure of strength, neither Han Sai Por (b. 1943) nor Singapore would reckon for much. But like the little Red Dot which despite its physicality has established itself as an economic powerhouse, Singapore’s iconic sculptor, though petite in size, has also quietly worked her way to a formidable position in the art world through determination, passion and hard work.
The 72-year-old sculptor who first studied art via part-time courses at NAFA in the mid 70’s went on to do her degree in Fine Arts in the United Kingdom in 1979. Upon her return, she was chosen to be one of the first two art teachers at the Nanyang Girls High School’s newly established Art Elective Programme. Later, she also taught at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, LASALLE College of Arts and National Institute of Education in Singapore before becoming a full-time artist in 1996 at the age of 52.
Han’s works have been exhibited extensively, locally as well as internationally. She has participated in shows in Japan, Korea, China, India, Canada and Italy and was awarded Singapore’s highest cultural award, the Cultural Medallion in 1995. At home, her public works are located in landmark locations all over the island: the Esplanade, Capital Towers, National Museum of Singapore, the Istana and the Changi Airport being some of these.
南洋艺术学院 Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts