View In Room
View In Room
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions: 36.8cm (H) x 54.6cm (W) x 0.3cm (D) / 14.5" (H) x 21.5" (W) x 0.12" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Boat Quay is where the denizens of the business district of Singapore come to drink. This is the watering hole for one of the most wealthy enclaves on Earth. Every nook and corner is packed with executives, bankers, dealers, brokers and an assortment of interesting characters-except during the afternoons. After lunch, the place falls silent-relatively-and the tall towers of the banks loom into view. They are always there but the revels of lunch and sundown obscure their palpable potency. During the afternoon lull, one becomes conscious of them and then the true purpose of the place is understood-the quiet, understated exercise
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Based in: Singapore
I am a watercolour artist. My work reflects my complex heritage and background- as an immigrant, a constant traveller and an inheritor of a highly diverse cultural and ethnic legacy. My formal and professional training has taken me, as well, through metal smithing, fashion illustration and weaving.The fluidity and freedom of watercolour allow me to cross borders effortlessly and give free rein to my instincts.
My subject matter is mostly our urban life, including parks, gardens, suburban towns and travel. I like to capture sites and moments within the cityscape and then provoke the viewer. Who are these people, what are they doing, what is happening on this street and around that corner? No one is ever settled in a city and beyond and before a specific second, something is about to occur or has occurred. There are, too, hidden secrets within dense cities-exotic flowers, architectural surprises, highly creative activities.
I began with Impressionism and its’ basics inform my work. But schools are only boundaries in our minds. I have deliberately chosen a more Abstract flavour, leavened with inputs from fashion, New Wave cinema and the DC comics of our childhood. This is not a pastoral life, the one we lead-it is full of movement, tension, interrogation. We need a different way to view the world and that holds true for artists. My work speaks to and for contemporary urban life and I will continue to experiment in this space. My work has been published in The Rappahannock Review, Anatolious Magazine, 3Elements Literary Review and Paranthesis Journal(forthcoming).
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