Lives and Works: Singapore
Leslie recently graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts in 2014, majoring in Fine Arts (Painting). His interest developed early at the tender age of 4 and took up art as an examinable subject since secondary school which cemented his passion for the arts. Following a brief stint at a local Junior College, he decided to abandon the normal academic path and chose to pursue his interest at LASALLE. In 2010, he was 1 of 4 students to be awarded the Gold Award at the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Arts & Crafts competition.
In his works, Leslie draws inspiration from societal expectations of civilized people. He seeks to form an understanding of human emotions through the study of portraits. This interest was sparked from his observation of inter-personal conflicts. “The problem with black and white thinking is that it usually does battle in a world that is nuanced and grey.” His main medium is oil on wood panels, layered with both resin as well as acrylic paints. The Tri-element is evident in all his paintings as it embodies the concept of balance and neutrality (2 extremes and 1 neutral point – Black, White and Grey).
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