Luke Heng

Born in 1987, Singaporean artist Luke Heng is interested in the dialectics between painting, object, and picture- making. His earlier practice revolves around the conceptualisation and physical manifestation of painting, with his works often responding to the history of painting while drawing from various other art forms to influence his approach and process. His latest works assimilate ideas of liminality, impermanence, and transcendent space, fortifying his quiet evocations with an unadulterated presence.

Heng’s practice is guided by his interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine, stemming from the fact that he comes from a family of Chinese physicians. Yin-yang philosophies govern his thoughts and judgment during his painting process, guiding his manipulation of different elements in his works to maintain a certain sense of visual harmony. In recent years, Heng’s works have been developing along two distinct trajectories: the first being his more traditional oil on linen works that engage on a more spiritual level with the process of painting and its results, and the second being the more conceptual thread that emphasises materiality, the process of materialisation, and the perception of painting. Works belonging to the latter include his recent experimentations with paraffin wax and beeswax to create translucent “paintings” that reveal the physical structures that hold form. His solo exhibition After Asphodel (2017, Singapore) marks the evolution of his practice as he presents standalone wax works and a site-specific installation for the first time.

Heng’s first solo exhibition, The Waiting Room, was held at FOST Gallery, Singapore in 2015. His second solo exhibition was at Galerie Isabelle Gounod, Paris, France in 2016. Major group exhibitions that Heng has participated in include Constituent Concreteness at Mizuma Gallery (2016, Singapore), Peculiar Textures at Galerie Steph (2015, Singapore), Primavera 3 at Galerie Frédéric Lacroix (2014, Paris, France), and Departure at iPreciation (2014, Singapore). In 2014, he was selected to participate in the Dena Foundation Artist Residency Program in Paris, France, supported by the National Arts Council, Singapore. In 2017, Heng presented After Asphodel, a solo exhibition with Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore. Recent engagements took place in Malaysia with A+ Works of Art where Heng presented Al/linum and Non-Place: Peripherals with Yavuz Gallery during the S.E.A Focus 2020.

Heng graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Arts in 2013, and did his MFA in 2019 - 20. Both from LASALLE College of the Arts in partnership with Goldsmiths University of London, which he attended on a scholarship. Apart from practicing, Heng is also lecturing in LASALLE College of the Arts, teaching painting and contemporary arts. 

Art and Market, Luke Heng 'AL/linum' at A+ Works of Art