Natural Artistic Inspirations

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As we serenely dwell upon Kavita Issar Batra’s artistic inspiration from the natural in her surroundings, it becomes equally instinctive to cast our mind’s eye wider and further: How are other artists responding to their ecological…

A Traveller’s Diary | Chang Fee Ming

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It is difficult to perceive figurative paintings of traditional Southeast Asia as part of the Singaporean contemporary art scene. Art-lovers collectively give the limelight to other art forms that have turned popular, such as brilliant conceptual…

Weight for Weightlessness | Pheng Guan Lee

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To visually realise time and one’s psychological weight ultimately captures the essence of existence. What then, makes up the bulk of one’s existential burdens? What forms do the metaphysical take? How do drooping, heavy forces mould…

Stirring The Leaves

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In 1996, Singapore-born Simryn Gill’s “Forest”; a series of large black-and-white photographs that documents temporary installations in which she also ‘seeded’ a mangrove swamp, a beach and the garden of her family home; visually reversed the…

Kaleidoscopic Landscapes | Surrealistic Paintings by Knakorn Kachacheewa

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A gentleman in a charcoal grey suit stands against the sea and the cloudy sky, partly veiled by the rotund green apple. Undoubtedly, we are talking about “The Son of Man” (1964) by René Magritte, one…

Fresh Takes | Crisp Perspectives at Chan Hampe Galleries

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One would recollect the prodigious development in Singapore’s art scene back in the 1950s by catching a glimpse of fishing sampans with a Western composition — the Nanyang style. Now, how do we react to plastic…

From The Everyday To Art

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My first exposure to contemporary art was in the early 1990s in New Zealand, where I chanced upon Kiwi sculptor, Chris Booth’s “Pumice From The Mountains”, and hence, my introduction to the use of everyday objects…

Windows to the Heart & Soul

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They say that our eyes are the windows to our hearts and souls. For portrait artist Adriana Molder, they distill the essence into her drawings and paintings: ‘If you watch people’s eyes closely, you find a…

Ricing From East To West

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My first impressions of the humble rice paper is very much tied to the opening scenes of the early 1970s American TV series, “Kung Fu”, that starred David Carradine: the youthful protagonist, Kwai Chang Caine, had…

Tai Chi-ing In The Living World

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Singaporeans who enjoy spotting public art installed across the nation will readily tell us that their little red dot under the sun has in its possession 3 of Ju Ming’s highly prized and eminently collectable massive…