Meet Very Special Arts' Beneficiaries

Muhammad Noh

Muhammad Noh is a quiet and hardworking boy whose love for characters is apparent in his vibrant illustrations. His love for drawing characters stems from his interest in studying figures and gesture drawing. He also designs backgrounds because he likes to create environments using his understanding about perspective. Keen to learn, he attends photography lessons and enjoys browsing and collecting art books to experiment with various art styles from the masters. His artworks are inspired by films.

Raymond Lau

Raymond belongs to a new and emerging generation of Singaporean artists at the forefront of Singapore’s evolution into a Renaissance city. A vocal and colourful individual, Raymond excels in both realist and abstract renditions in oil and acrylic. For Raymond, painting is therapeutic as it helps him find peace and fullness. It is not surprising therefore that his body of work reveals a gentler, softer side of an outwardly bold and brassy individual.

Raymond received a BA in Fine Art from the University of Tasmania. Raymond was honoured with the UOB Painting of the Year award in 1993 and the National Arts Council Young Artist Award in 2001. His works can be found in the collections of President S.R. Nathan, Ambassador-at-Large Professor Tommy Koh, Professor Arthur Lim, Mr Tan Swie Hian, Ms Chng Seok Tin, Singapore Management University, United Overseas Bank and the National Arts Council.

Aaron Yap

Being a cheerful & friendly boy who loves to express himself through visual arts, Aaron has always had a passion for art since young. He especially loves to sketch the various expressions and feelings of cartoon characters and animals, which is a reflection of his current moods. Having visited many places of interest and the different landmarks in Singapore as well as overseas, Aaron often transfers his different experiences onto paper. Every intricate detail drawn is solely from his excellent memory.

The most remarkable quality about Aaron is his persistence towards this hobby of his. One tiny flaw in his drawing would result in him discarding the entire piece of drawing without hesitation, before proceeding to start afresh on the same drawing. For him, there must be nothing short of perfection.

Aaron’s passion for art goes way back to when he was a child.  Flamingo’s Frisbee Club is inspired by a flock of flamingos running towards a shrimp thrown by their zookeeper. Aaron’s imagination runs wild as he imagines them not fighting for food but enjoying a fun-filled game of Frisbee instead. It is his critique of societal rat-race — that if people could live and work together in harmony instead of fighting to outdo each other, life would be more carefree and stress free. Remember, not everything is a competition. Working as a team can bring us more joy and fun!

Floyd Thien

Art is Floyd’s integral tool for communicating what he’s not able to tell others in his limited world of words. Therefore, his works are never bereft of a story or message. ‘Rainbow Transport’ conveys his thoughts and observations on Singapore’s transport system. Having an affinity for numbers, one can count on Floyd to be knowledgeable on this subject – foreign currencies, multiplication tables, Arabic numerals, and counting in Cantonese and Malay. Keep an eye out for numbers on this art work!

Noah Tan

Noah is a 17 years old student in NAFA/ VSA  Programme & also in Rainbow Centre’s Talent Art Programme.  Colours and vibrant art is Noah’s strength as an artist. He has an impeccable taste in matching hues and shades, which is showcased in his work. His understanding of colours creates marvellous vivid aesthetics, keeping to clean lines and sense of harmony. These qualities have earned him both national & international awards. In 2018, Noah has been awarded the MOE Lee Kuan Yew Exemplary Student Award , MDS Most Outstanding Student Award & Certificate of Recognition in SYF Art Exhibition

Amelia Tan

Amelia Tan has proven her extraordinary abilities as a young artist. She is incredibly versatile, showcasing her familiarity with mixed-media, Chinese ink, acrylic, marker ink line work in her works. Despite being mildly autistic, Amelia’s works capture a sonder fact- the realization that everyone has a story. Her works conveys the complexities of human emotions, focusing on confronting the darkness within. ‘Melancholy’ is a commentary of feeling sadness amidst happy moments- an emotion many can relate.