Vincent Leow (b. 1961) is one of Singapore's leading contemporary artists. Celebrated as a l'enfant terrible of
the Singapore art community, Vincent Leow is a pivotal figure in the
alternative art scene in Singapore. His practice parallels the
development of contemporary art in Singapore and as a painter, he is
regarded as a remarkable creative who has dipped into an astonishing
range of influences from popular culture, literature, cinema, politics and
the mass media.
Leow stands as a central figure in the history of the ‘art collective' in Singapore. One of the early members of The Artists Village (TAV), founded in 1988 by the iconic Tang Dawu (b 1943), Leow subsequently helmed other artist-run spaces.
Engaging with a range of media that has
resulted in performances, installations, sculptures, digital and
mixed-media works, Leow's practice has maintained an element of anarchy
and rebellion so critical to alternative practices. He acquired public
notoriety with his 1992 performance in which he drank his own urine. The characteristics of Leow's art include a taste for kitsch and a constant, highly
individual visual vocabulary - prompting art writers to describe his
practice as epitomizing ‘post-modern' visual strategies.