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Pretty Exciting Stuff: Self-expression

Visual artist Barry Yeow guides Jack to create his very own artwork.


Published: 2 Nov 2021

Time taken : <5mins

Episode 7: The Light Goes Inwards

How does one express themselves through the use of vibrant colours and dynamic brushstrokes? Enter into the realm of freedom with artist Barry Yeow as he guides engineering student Jack in expressing his emotions that words fail to convey.

Video reproduced with permission from the National Arts Council.

About self-expression through art

Self-expression through art is grounds to convey ideas and emotions that we may not have the words for and find difficult to articulate, rather than focusing on the aesthetic values of the final product. By expressing one’s feelings, art is effective in reducing anxiety and promoting self-esteem as a form of therapy. Set aside any preconceived notions of creating art and take risks in the creative process because after all, the only “failure” is not trying in the first place!

About Barry Yeow

Barry Yeow is the founder of 5 Seventeen gallery and is well versed in various art forms, including painting, sculpturing, batik and pottery. His art style focuses on dynamic brushstrokes and vibrant colours. He believes that art can heal.

Further exploration

Read more about the healing power of art.

A guide for parents on how to encourage children to express themselves through art.

Participate in art activities organised by Singapore Association for Mental Health's Creative Mindset Hub.

Pretty Exciting Stuff

Commissioned by National Arts Council (Singapore), Pretty Exciting Stuff is an ongoing video series featuring conversations between everyday Singaporeans and our talented visual artists. Get to know our local artists and their mediums and see what goes on behind the scenes of this exciting stuff called visual arts!

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