I am very pleased to write this foreword for the catalogue, which will be published in conjunction with
Raymond Lau's solo exhibition, at The Substation, in September this year.
I have known Raymond Lau since his student days at the LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts. Brother Joseph
McNally had introduced us. I was struck by his vitality and enthusiasm and decided to keep a paternal eye on him.
In 1993, I learnt the good news that Raymond had won the first prize at the annual UOB Painting of
the Year competition. In 1995, Raymond graduated from the University of Tasmania with a bachelor's degree in fine arts. In
1997, he was invited to participate, as an artist in residence, in "Yaddo", based in Saratoga Sprig in the state of New York.
That same year, Raymond held a solo exhibition at the National Arts Club in New York City.
Although still very young, Raymond Lau has already made his mark on Singapore's artistic life. His
oil paintings of Singapore's urban landscape, with their frequent focus on windows, the use of strong colours, the framing
of every day scenes around shapes and texture, combine to make them unmistakably his own. There is also a sense of vitality, which permeates all his paintings.
Raymond Lau has overcome many adversities in his life. He has never allowed problems of health or
money to impede his progress. With an indomitable spirit and a positive mindset, he has succeeded against the odds. He has
won the confidence and support of some of our artistic doyens, such as Tan Swie Hian and T.K.Sabapathy. He is winning an increasing
number of collectors and admirers. Raymond Lau has a bright future.
I congratulate Raymond Lau on his new exhibition at The Substation and wish him continued success.
Prof Tommy Koh
Patron - The Substation
Ministry of Foreign Affairs