Take a walk down Singapore’s memory lane through nostalgia and beautiful stories from Yesteryear by Yip Yew Chong. With an amazing collection of 30 canvas paintings/sketches of Yew Chong’s imagination of old Singapore, walking through this Stories from Yesteryear exhibition is going to bring you lots of nostalgia and memories especially for those who lived and went through the growing up years, undergoing the huge metamorphosis together with Singapore into a modern cosmopolitan city today. 

Every canvas paintings/sketches tell a unique and special story, from Yew Chong’s personal growing up years or from stories that was shared with him. Some of the canvas paintings had very touching and amazing stories that were shared personally by Yew Chong. You never know how art therapy combined with nostalgia artworks can help a person in opening up to others.  

I visited Stories from Yesteryear on 22nd February 2021, the last day of their exhibition at Substation. They would be heading to Sofitel Singapore City Centre next, starting on 26th February 2021 to 31st March 2021. 

There were a few paintings at this exhibition that touched my heartstrings more than others. I would vigorously deny that I am old or getting old, I am just middle-aged, alright? Some of the paintings that touched me more, Jalan Singapura 2, 1 and 4, Trengganu Street Market, Mid-Autumn Night and Kallang.   

I highly recommend you to visit Stories from Yesteryear by Yip Yew Chong, perfect for families with children. Grandparents and parents can bring their young children to go for an artistic journey back in time on the growing up years, what life in Singapore was like a few decades back. At the exhibition, do not rush from one painting to the other, read the short description on the side of the painting, observe the intricate details on the paintings. From here onwards, you would be able to discover and appreciate a lot more of Singapore in the older days and the transformations she went through to the modern cityscape of today. 

This was a wonderful and nostalgia visit to Stories from Yesteryear exhibition by Yip Yew Chong, it was also inspiring for my personal photography in the heritage and documentary genres, while I can’t paint as beautifully like our talented artist Yew Chong, cross interdisciplinary learning from other creatives would help me in photographing and capturing our existing heritage and culture in a modern cosmopolitan city.

I would like to say a big thank you to Belinda Tan for recommending me to visit Stories from Yesteryear and introducing me to the talented artist Yew Chong.    

Information on Stories from Yesteryear Exhibition

Dates: 26th February to 31st March 2021 

Location: Sofitel Singapore City Centre (L5 Etincelle) 

Address: 9 Wallich Street, Singapore 078885

Website: https://yipyc.com/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yipyewchong/ 

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