Acrylic on wood
Dimensions: 212.5cm (H) x 134.5cm (W) x 5.5cm (D) / 83.7" (H) x 53" (W) x 2.2" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Through his drawings, paintings, installations, public art and performance-based work, Speak Cryptic translates the symptoms and consequences of society’s capital-centric normalization through personal inquiries that stretch from ancestral migration, ethnic dislocation, civic gentrification, and the embodiment of alternative values from popular culture as personal coping and identity-forming mechanisms. Like artists such as Raymond Pettibon, Yoshitomo Nara and Barry McGee who arrived at contemporary art via urban art origins, Speak Cryptic forges a distinctively personal vocabulary to enable his art to engage an extremely diverse audience population; disrupting quintessential appraisals of contemporary art.
212.5 cm (H) x 134.5 cm (W) x 5.5 cm (D) (framed)
200 cm (H) x 122.2 cm (W) x 1.7 cm (D) (unframed)
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Based in: Singapore
Speak Cryptic (b. 1980, Singapore) is a visual artist working and living in Singapore.
Inspired by the visual language prevalent within the cultures of comics and underground music, his works primarily deals with the issues pertaining to the human condition. Utilising personal iconographies and a cast of characters that he has developed over the years, he applies them to various narratives inspired by his observations on current affairs and his immediate environment.
His previous exhibitions include a solo show at Officina Delle Zattere in Venice, Italy in 2015 and group exhibitions such as Secret Archipelago (Paris, 2015), Singapore Biennale (2013), Budi Daya (2014) and Future Proof (2012). He is a member of the DXXXXD Collective and plays the electric bass for the Singaporean based band, I AM DAVID SPARKLE.
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