Fresh Takes | Crisp Perspectives at Chan Hampe Galleries

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…

Art Crossing Dusk

Ivory black, or ‘pigment black 9’ and ‘bone char’, is an artist’s dye that was once made by grinding charred ivory in oil. Today, actual ivory is no longer used, given the expense and the fact…

Singapore Contemporary Artists: The Cut Above

If Singaporean Ho Tzu Nyen’s winning the Grand Prize Award for Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014, Singapore’s Lee Wen’s   nomination for the inaugural Joseph Balestier Award for the Freedom of Art (2015) and…

Through Youthful Eyes

I remember the mid 1980s: the world was having a global recession and I was fresh out of university. But that did not dampen my hopes of landing my first job. Confident of my skills, personality…

Art Week: Awards Winners

The dust from this year’s just ended blockbuster scaled Art Week has settled alongside the announcements of the winners of 3 Singapore-based art awards: Joseph Balestier Award for the Freedom of Art Indonesian contemporary artist FX…

Captured: Singapore Before The 1970s

If you have ever wondered about what was gripping the hearts and minds of Singaporean art makers after the Second World War, the current exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore, “A Changed World: Singapore Art…

More Than Simply a Taste of Thai

For conceptual artist Arin Rungjang food remains pivotal in his exhibitions. In this case, he takes us on a historical and geographical journey, in epic proportions, of one dish in particular – an egg yolk-based Thai…

Arab Views of Their World

For the first time in Singapore, we can soul-searchingly look at the Middle East and the world at large through the lens of internationally renown artists with roots in the global Arabic community. The Singapore Art…

Kudos to the President’s Young Talents

Contentious issues that grip most Singaporeans’ very hearts, minds, soul and conscience radiated heavily from most of the art works the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) commissioned for this year’s President’s Young Talents (PYT) exhibition. One hot…

The Delectably Inventive “crystal & fruits”

While Peter Zimmermann still uses the humble brush to combine the elements of painting and sculpture, he definitely prefers applying epoxy resin for two equally paramount reasons: he really likes the way he successfully achieves very…