The inaugural Singapore Contemporary Art Show opens today with more than 3,000 works of art from 65 exhibitors. We bring you the highlights of what to see there.
1. Art Comes to Life
Well-known Australian artist Emma Hack created a portrait commission of Singapore-born Adelaide City Lady Mayoress Genevieve Theseira-Haese, “Our Lady Phoenix.” Proceeds raised from the sale of the work will be donated to the Eurasian Association of Singapore.
Emma also conducted a live body-painting exhibition at the show’s opening on January 21. She took about eight hours to paint her muse with a wallpaper-inspired design from head to toe. Watch her in action here.
2. Homegrown Talent
The works of this Singaporean artist are done in one stroke and reflects a lot of energy and strength. Painted in white, black and gold, the strokes are derived from the inner recess of his feelings. Sounds simple, yet so profound.
3. A Spot of SG
British ink-pen artist Jeff Murray presents “Singapore Sling” (not to be confused with its namesake), fusing Singapore’s natural beauty with the city’s state-of-the-art architecture. We love seeing the details of the Singapore skyline in his work.
4. Larger than Life
It’s hard to miss Korean sculptor Jang Seunghyo (known as Sho Jang) colourful and vibrant six-part installation – comprising hand-made tiles, bearing sculptures of “Art Blossom” chess pieces accompanied by two huge “art” chandeliers.
5. For Your Little One
If you’re bringing your kids, they will love the Macey and Sons Kids Art Studio for some supervised painting, drawing and other art projects. With complimentary programmes for kids between three and 11 years old, this might just be the start of their life-long love for art.
Happening from January 22 to 24, the Singapore Contemporary Art Show features galleries from Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, South Korea, Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Russia.
Muneerah Bee, January 2016
Photos and video by Muneerah Bee