Souls Revealed

While Venice comes automatically to mind for many at the mention of Italy; especially in relation to its reputation as a city for lovers, I think of Rome; with its ancient ruins, like the Colosseum, the…

Aaron Gan’s Inspirations

In 2015, Singaporean Aaron Gan’s “Starry Starry Night” became the first ever watercolour artwork to clinch the Gold award in the UOB Painting of the Year competition. This emerging largely self-taught artist walked away with this…

Delving Into Kavita Issar Batra’s Art

I caught up with Singapore-based emerging Indo-British artist Kavita Issar Batra as she and Marie-Pierre Mol, Intersections Gallery’s owner-cum-curator, were setting up her 2nd solo show in the latter’s exhibition space. Following the success of her…

June’s Art Exhibitions Picked

June’s selected art exhibitions give prominence to the works by esteemed artists in the Asia Pacific region; spanning antique artworks to modernist creations and finally contemporary but equally creative pieces – all dwelling on the issues…

A Traveller’s Diary | Chang Fee Ming

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…

Romancing The Picturesque Edenic Tropics

Singaporean Donna Ong’s fascination with tropical landscapes in relation to the era of colonization has led to her “Letters From The Forest (II)” and “The Forest Speaks Back (I)” sharing display space in the Singapore Art…

Artistic Songs of Tibetan Highlands

“The hills are alive with the sound of music With songs they have sung for a thousand years The hills fill my heart with the sound of music My heart wants to sing every song it…

What Makes Me?

Singapore’s multiculturalism birthed its arty Nanyang style. An example of which is Cheong Soo Pieng’s famous “Drying Salted Fish” – a splendid result of intricate line work akin to Chinese ink brush techniques on a pictorial…

Breaking Free

When I was in my teens I used to have recurring dreams of taking flight – literally. I would lift off the ground, soar through the air, doing mid-aerial somersaults. The freedom is boundless: I went…

Weight for Weightlessness | Pheng Guan Lee

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…