Rising Stars: Kat Yew

About Me

I am a self-taught artist and an accountant turned fashion entrepreneur from Singapore. I started to paint in June 2020 during the COVID lockdown. What started out as an activity to kill time has since turned into a passion near and dear to my heart. With zero arts background, no arts related education or tutelage, my painting journey to date is one of exploration, discovery, and experimentation. When it comes to painting, be it acrylic fluid pours or acrylic abstract painting, I do not have a fixed style, I thrives on varieties, curiosities, and challenges. Step into my imaginary world of art and join me in my artistic journey.

About my work

My body of works is primarily acrylic abstracts with themes ranging from space art, sky painting, seascapes, whimsical abstracts, to industrial, geometric and textured arts. Varieties keep me going, and abstract works allow viewers the freedom to interpret my paintings as they choose. It can be what you want it to be. There is no right or wrong.

My artistic inspiration comes mostly from my daily life, my surroundings, and the nature. The little things in our life that are often overlooked can sometimes be amazing sources of ideas. Sometimes I paint with a theme or a colour scheme in mind, sometimes I just let my feelings, my emotions take charge.  I plan but I do not overly plan my work. I am very much an intuitive painter.

I learn by trying, by experimenting.  I try, I make mistakes, I learn from my mistakes, and I try again. The more I paint, the more I learn. I also learn by studying the works of other artists. I just love to paint. If an art piece is a reflection of the thoughts of an artist, then mine is definitely one of curiosity, mystery and without a doubt the love for colours!

We Are All Different I, 2022
Acrylic on stretched canvas, 24” x 24” x 0.75”, unframed
(Mix of dry brush, sponge painting and masking tape art. Matt varnished.)

“We Are All Different” is a geometric abstraction that plays with shapes, lines, and colours. In creating this artwork, no sketching was done beforehand. Each grid is painted one at a time with no repetition in patterns and color combinations. Every painting has a story, a voice, a message. As the thought-provoking title suggests, just like these unique patterns and color combinations, indeed we are all different! Embrace your weirdness, it’s okay to be different! And it is because we are different that each of us is special, each of us has our own identity and beauty.

We Are All Different II, 2022
Acrylic on stretched canvas, 24” x 24” x 0.75”, unframed
(Mix of dry brush, sponge painting and masking tape art. Matt varnished.)

Colour Symphony, 2022
Acrylic on canvas panel, 8” x 6” per panel, unframed
(Mix of dry brush & sponge painting. Gloss varnished)

Art need not be serious, sombre stuff. Art can be fun, fanciful, whimsical, carefree, or even quirky. With this thought in mind, “Color Symphony”, a modern abstract trilogy, was created. Small yet dynamic, the use of a vivid color palette attempts to convey and evoke feelings of happiness, hope and optimism.

For more information about the artist, please visit:

Instagram: @kat_yew

All photographs courtesy of Kat Yew
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