Singapore

Daniel Beng Leong Tan

Born on 5 Jan 1962 in Singapore, Daniel Tan met with a car accident in 1982 when he was 20 years old. He was certified by the doctor that he is paralyzed from his neck down. For about 27 years he could not do much on his own and he needed his family’s moral and financial help. In 2009, he met some friends who introduced him to the Mouth & Foot Painting Artists. He was presented with a challenge – to paint by mouth! The thought of being able to create something of artistic value challenged him to persevere in the artistic endeavour.

Gilbert Tan Yue Liang

Born on 26 June 1961 in Singapore, Gilbert Tan Yue Liang broke his neck in a swimming accident in 1983 which left him paraplegic and wheelchair-bound. He began to take lessons in mouth painting in 1989 and made such progress in the art that he was able to contribute works to a group exhibition in the same year. The preferred themes in the works of Gilbert Tan Yue Liang are elaborate ones such as animals, flowers, bamboo and landscapes, which he portrays primarily in Chinese ink. He pays a great deal of attention to the chromatic effects of the colours, lending a three-dimensional appearance to his two-dimensional painting on rice paper. The lines and shades in his works underline the natural qualities of his motifs. 

Keow-Leong Chong

Born on 8 August 1963 in Malaysia, since his birth, Chong Keow-Leong’s hands are misshapen. So she cannot fulfil any tasks with them. For this reason, she started to draw and paint with her mouth at a very early age. As an autodidact, she successfully developed great painting skills. In the course of all these years, she developed her technique and expressiveness to such an extent that she is a professional artist in every way. At the age of twenty-five, Chong Keow-Leong was granted a stipend by the association.

Tan Kok Leong

Tan Kok Leong was born on 31 July 1965 in Singapore. He suffered a serious injury of the cervical vertebrae after making a somersault, which resulted in the complete paralysis of all four of his limbs and left him wheelchair-bound. With the great strength of will he taught himself mouth painting in 1988. One year after his first attempts at the painting he received a scholarship from the Association, giving him the opportunity to intensify his commitment to painting. Two dominant stylistic elements can be recognised in the works of Tan Kok Leong. On one hand, his works are characterised by the classical Far Eastern tradition of painting, which can be seen in particular in his preferred subjects of mythological and fantasy scenes depicting monsters and good and evil spirits, but also in his watercolour studies of flowers and animals.

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