M O N A  C H O O  / BIO & CONTACT
 

Group Exhibitions and Collections


2015 20:20 Print Exchange, UK touring exhibition starting at Neo Gallery, Bolton, UK.

2015 Art Stage Singapore, represented by Art-2 Gallery, Singapore

2015 Art in Motion, Art-2 Gallery, Singapore

2014 Korean International Art Fair, represented by Art-2 Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2014 Pfeffer Fashion Press Day, London, UK

2014 ‘Live in your dreams!’ , The Crypt, St Pancras Church, London, UK

2014  Affordable Art Exhibition, Vibe Gallery, London, UK

2013  ‘Rough Around the Edges’, Hanmi Gallery, London, UK

2013  neo:graudates 2013, Bolton, UK

2013  Art Lacuna Prize, London, UK

2013  FloatArt London, Mayor’s Thames Festival, UK.

2013  ‘Encounters in Art and Science’, The British Library, London, UK

2012/13  The Macau Printmaking Triennial, Macau S.A.R.

2012  ‘Reflections’, The Rotunda at Exchange Square, Hong Kong

2011  The Affordable Art Fair, London, represented by ArtChinese

2011  Bloomsbury Art Fair, London

2010  ‘Collection 2010: D.A.Activist’, Austin Gallery, London, UK

2009  ‘Collection 2010: D.A.Activist’’, Gallery de Vie, Hong Kong, titled ‘Collection 2010: D.A.Activist’

2009  ‘Kaleidescope’ , The Rotunda at Exchange Square, Hong Kong

2009  ARTSingapore 2009, represented by Art-2 Gallery, Singapore

2009  Cork Street Open, The Gallery at Cork Street, London, UK

2009  The Chelsea Art Fair, London, UK.

2009  Agora Gallery, New York, group show.

2008  ARTSingapore 2008, represented by Art-2 Gallery, Singapore

2008  Clara M Eagle Galery, Kentucky, USA, group show.

2008  Viridian Artists Gallery, New York, an International Juried Art Competition winner

2008  Hun Gallery, New York, an International Juried Art Competition winner

 

1998  Art 2, Singapore

1997  The Substation Art Gallery, Singapore, titled 'Art Power'

1996  United Overseas Bank, Singapore, Permanent Collection

1996  Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, Permanent Collection

1995  The Substation Art Gallery, Singapore, titled 'Two Way Traffic'

1995  Dixon Bate Gallery, Leeds, UK

1994  Coventry Gallery, London, UK, titled 'A festival of women's Art'

1994  Coventry Gallery, London, UK, titled 'Freshways in Printmaking'

1994  Redfield Exhibition Gallery, Winslow, UK, titled 'Women in Action'

1994  Dixon Bate Gallery, Leeds, UK, titled 'Aspects of the Body, Soul & The environment'

1993  Beint & Beint Gallery, London, UK, Degree Show

 

 

Solo Exhibitions


2010  ‘Women In Asia Awards’ Commissioned artist solo show at Eden Hall, Singapore

1999  Artemis Gallery, Melbourne Australia

1999  Klimt's Cafe Gallery, Singapore, Titled 'Guardian'

1999  DDB Singapore, Singapore

 

 

Awards, Commissions and Competitions

 

2014  Shortlisted for the South Place Hotel Art Prize, London, UK

2014  Selected to exhibit at the annual Singapore Day event, London, UK

2013  Shortlisted for the neo:graduates prize, Bolton, UK

2013  Shortlisted for the Art Lacuna Prize, London, UK


2010  Commissioned by the FT and RBS Coutts for their annual Women In Asia Awards. Artworks given as the prize to the three award winners.

 

2009  Awarded the first International Printmaking Residency (Jan - June 2009) offered by the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK. Selection was held through a call for submissions open to non UK residents.

 

2009  Selected for group show, from nearly 550 submissions for the Cork Street Open, The Gallery at Cork Street, London, UK.

 

2008  International Juried Art Competition winner, Viridian Artists Gallery, New York, USA

 

2008  One of 45 winners out of 900 international submissions, selected to be in group show in Clara M. Eagle Gallery, Kentucky, USA

 

2008  New York International Juried Art Competition winner, Hun Gallery, New York, USA

   

1996  Highly Commended Award for the Taboo series of screen-prints titled ‘Crotch’ - 15th Annual Painting of the year competition hosted by United Overseas Bank, Singapore.



  1. Permanent collection of the Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

  2. Collection of the Printmaking Research Centre of Macao S.A.R.

  3. Private collection of the United Overseas Bank, Singapore

  4. Private collection of Leo Burnett, Singapore

  5. Private collections in

        USA

        UK

        Australia

        Switzerland

        Singapore

        Hong Kong

Choo began her art career as a printmaker after graduating from Kingston University (UK) in 1993, with a BA Honours in graphic design and illustration. Throughout her practice, she has endeavoured to combine traditional printmaking techniques with drawing, painting, digital print, and recently, sculpture.


In 2013, Choo graduated from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, with an MA in Art & Science. The course was pivotal in helping to expand Choo’s repertoire. Much of her work is heavily inspired by the intersection of science and spirituality, and this led Choo to diversify and grow her skill set, venturing into object-making and sculpture.


In 2009, Choo was awarded the International Print Artist-In-Residence at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. The six-month residency enabled Choo to pursue her interest in the supernatural, consciousness and the metaphysical, through her art practice. In exploring the nature of our consciousness against the backdrop of a physical, material world, Choo’s residency proposal sought to investigate whether

a person’s energy, and therefore their

consciousness, could be ‘imprinted’ into an object when that person creates the object, or handles it, resulting in the notion that an object can be a kind of ‘energy storage vessel’, and has within it’s constitution a form of residual memory of a person’s life. The residency resulted in six workshops conducted at the V&A for the participation of the staff and public. 


In 2010, Choo was commissioned by the Financial Times and RBS Coutts for their annual ‘Women In Asia’ Awards. The four pieces of work from this commission was given to the winners as the award itself, and resulted in a solo exhibition and presentation of the awards in Singapore.


Choo’s professional experience includes conducting printmaking workshops for children and adults at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 2012, and running a workshop at Central Saint Martins for the MA Art & Science course. In the same year, Choo was invited to exhibit, represent and coordinate the Singapore delegates to the inaugural Printmaking Triennial in Macao S.A.R. She has also spoken publicly at the Victoria & Albert Museum and at various events, including the Pop-Up Singapore House in

London, part of the London Design Festival, in 2012, and at the inaugural postgraduate art and science symposium ‘State of Matter: collisions and connections in art and science’ held at Central Saint Martins in 2013.


Mona Choo has been shortlisted for a number of group shows on numerous occasions since 2008. She has exhibited in the US, including New York, as well as London, Melbourne, Hong Kong and Singapore. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Singapore Art Museum, the collection of the Printmaking Research Centre of Macao, and private collections including the United Overseas Bank of Singapore, Leo Burnett, and personal collections in the UK, Switzerland, Australia, the US and Asia.


Her most recent shows include Art Stage Singapore 2015, and Art In Motion at Art-2 Gallery, part of Singapore Art Week 2015. She is in the shortlisting for the Signature Art Prize in the UK, an award given to out-standing graduates. She was invited to exhibit at the Pfeffer SS15 Fashion Press Day in London (Oct 2014) and was shortlisted for the South Place Hotel Art Prize in the UK.

EMAIL / mona@monachoo.com


Thank you for your interest in my work. If you would like to enquire about the price of any of the available work, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Acknowledgements:

Mona would like to gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Lee Foundation throughout her artistic career.

Thank you also to Formech International Ltd (Paul, you’re the man) for sponsoring the copolyester sheets, without which I would be in some strife today.