Watercolour on paper
Dimensions: 55.9cm (H) x 36.8cm (W) x 0.3cm (D) / 22" (H) x 14.5" (W) x 0.12" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
The shores of the Singapore River are where people gather at lunch, by evening and on weekends. The sidewalks they frequent are actually bridges crossing the river. Here, they find time to unwind, loiter and generally indulge in people watching. Reinforcing the idea of leisure is the very European looking Riverside Point building which dominates the backdrop. Further behind, in layers, are office high-rises. I wanted the viewer to focus on the people rather than the built environment and what they do in a particular setting. To give clarity to context and the actors, I did not diffuse objects and people much. For me, the challenge was to ensure detail came out but without succumbing to either realism or decorativeness. By dipping into my reservoir of illustrations, I created a story-like atmosphere. At the same time, I used light to add body to the storyline. There is a context here and a hint of relationships between the different individuals. The questions are for the viewers to ask and think about the answers. Then, each viewer has his or her own special story. If you live in the tropics or have visited often enough, it can be your tale.
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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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