Exhibitions

Double Book Launch with Dr Mabel Lee & Shen Jiawei

Date : 14 July 2018

Time : 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Venue : iPRECIATION,

50 Cuscaden Road, HPL House #01-01 Singapore 249724

 

A rare, exclusive opportunity to meet the authors of two new books that are important additions to the fields of art, culture, and literature.

 

Cambria Press cordially invites you to attend the double book launch for Gao Xingjian and Transmedia Aesthetics & Painting History and Painting History: China’s Revolution in a Global Context and to meet Shen Jiawei and Dr Mabel Lee who will be giving talks about their books.

Celebrity artist Shen Jiawei is a leading portraitist who has been commissioned to paint the official portraits of dignitaries such as Pope Francis and Princess Mary of Denmark. Shen is also renowned for his history paintings, which are held in Beijing at the National Museum, Art Museum, and Military Museum; as well as in public and private collections around the world.

Dr Mabel Lee is an honorary professor at the Open University of Hong Kong and an adjunct professor at the University of Sydney where she taught 20th-century literature for more than 30 years. She is best known for her translations of Nobel Laureate Gao Xingjian’s writings, including his eponymous book, Gao Xingjian: Aesthetics and Creation.

 

The books will be available for purchase at a special discount during the book signing. Painting History (paperback with color images) will be available at SGD30 & Gao Xingjian and Transmedia Aesthetics (hardcover) will be available at SGD60 (cash-only sales).

 

For more information on the books, please visit http://www.cambriapress.com.

Wonderful World of Color by Tse Yim On《謝炎安的彩色美好世界》- A Solo Exhibition

 

Exhibition Opens to Public: 18 July 2018 – 5 August 2018, 10.00am – 10.00pm

 

iPRECIATION will hold a solo exhibition titled Wonderful World of Color by Tse Yim On《謝炎安的彩⾊美好世界》featuring around 15 works between 2011 – 2018 by Hong Kong contemporary artist Tse Yim On 謝炎安, on July 18 2018 to August 5 2018 at the Gallery by the Harbour, Harbour City, Hong Kong. Featured works include acrylic paintings on canvas from Tse’s Mongkok Library series, Hong Kong Seals Series in 2011, 2012 as well as latest paintings.

 

In late 2012, Tse gained significant recognition for his Mongkok Library series when it previewed in Hong Kong. Not only was his choice of colour combination refreshing to the local crowd, the familiar subject matters also spoke to them. Named after the “Mongkok” district in Hong Kong, known to be a melting pot for subcultures, the series of acrylic paintings models a library and invites the audience to discover the various subcultures in Hong Kong. Works such as Anita – 艷芳 (2011) and Ann – 愛芳 (2011) shows acclaimed Hong Kong media icon, Anita Mui and her sister Ann Mui as Japanese manga-like characters looking fixedly ahead at children’s classics. While the paintings seek to remember and commemorate the pair’s sisterly love, Tse’s multi-layered compositions often invite his audiences to interpret his works on many levels. His skillful proficiency in referencing popular culture references then synthesising them into colourful, quirky narratives of his own is a distinctive quality of the artist.

 

Tse’s colourful repertoire continues to evolve in this solo exhibition. A portion of Hong Kong Seals Series that will be exhibited reveals a specific and striking shade of red and blue that Tse has used. Particularly inspired by the 1970s era when Tse was born, he considers subject matters such as cultural figures, visual style during the time, landmarks like public housing, even imagined memories as a child, as foundation for his creation. Tse manipulates these images of collective memories and reassembles them to mimic a Seal Carving composition. This can be seen in works such as Wonderful World (1974)《美好世界》 (1974) (2016) and Wonderful World (1997)《美好世界》 (1997) (2016). In his own way, Tse uses his highly colored lens of cartoonic visuals and pop culture aesthetics to express a one-of-a-kind visual narrative in Hong Kong.

 

About Artist :

Born in Hong Kong, in 1974, Tse is a contemporary artist who is known for his bold and fanatically colored tongue-in-cheek works. Like the majority of Generation X in Hong Kong, Tse grew up in an environment culturally influenced by local and foreign popular culture, particularly Japanese animation, games and manga; apparent in the caricatured characters and bold text that appear in his paintings. Working primarily with acrylic on canvas, Tse’s vividly colored paintings depict familiar imagery derived from Hong Kong and speaks strongly of identity and culture from the perspective of a Hong Kong citizen through his uniquely quirky perspective.

 

Tse studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts in 1998 and a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts in 2001. Besides his practice in art, he also serves as an educator and advisor in various institutions, including the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. In 1998, Tse received the Hong Kong Urban Council Fine Arts Award and was given the opportunity to showcase his works in the Contemporary Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition at the Hong Kong Museum of Art. Tse has participated in many group exhibitions worldwide including “ARTscope Hong Kong 2000”  (Spica Museum, Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan, 2000), “Mapping Asia — The 18th Asia International Art Exhibition (AIAE)”  (Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 2004), “Asia Art Archive New Open Exhibition”  (Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong, 2007), “Art Taipei 2”  (Taipei Show (former Taipei World Trade Center II), Taiwan, 2007), “CHiE! – Culture sieges Politics”  (Osage Kwun Tong Gallery, Hong Kong, 2008), “Painting On and On – The Repository of Coherent Babbles”  (Southsite, Hong Kong, 2012), “From longing to belonging”  (Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Poland, 2014), “Art Paris”  (Grand Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris, 2015) and “Evolving Images: Modern Hong Kong Printmaking”  (Sun Museum, Hong Kong, 2017). His works have been collected by the Hong Kong Museum of Art and are also in several private collections.

Calligraphy · Universe《書·萬物》- A Solo Exhibition of Chu Chu’s Works

Preview: Thursday, 26 April 2018, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Exhibition Opens to Public: 27 April 2018 – 19 May 2018

 

 

During April through May, iPreciation will present Calligraphy · Universe《書·萬物》, the first solo exhibition in Singapore by the renowned Chinese female artist Chu Chu 儲楚. In this exhibition, Chu Chu seeks to explore calligraphy through the origins of the manifestations of Chinese characters, the evolution of which is generally described by the six-fold classification system like pictograms and ideograms, etc., which are closely connected with natural elements in our universe, her choice of subject matter in many of her works. Chu Chu seeks to incorporate the art of Chinese calligraphy into her photographic works which are uniquely printed on xuan paper. She is also deeply influenced by philosophies and classical texts. In both of her series titled Whisper of Trees and Magnolia Flower, she extracts certain portions from Chinese poems and texts that describe the relationships between human and nature, subtly incorporating them into the background of her ethereal photographs of tree branches and flowers, evoking a sense of quietude and transience. This juxtaposition of images constructed instantly from a camera, together with the carefully and slowly constructed calligraphic characters presents interesting layers of meaning, as they successfully combine two very different visual languages – contemporary photography and traditional calligraphy.

Chu Chu is a multidisciplinary artist who is accomplished in ink painting, calligraphy, photography and oil painting. She majored in oil painting at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in 2000. Subsequently, she attained a Master’s Degree in New Media at the academy in 2007 and a Ph.D. in calligraphy, under the tutelage of acclaimed calligraphic master, Wang Dongling, in 2015.

iPreciation at Art New York 2018

Booth: ANY136

Art New York 2018 – Ju Ming (Taiwan), Wang Dong Ling (China), Zhuang Shengtao (Singapore), Milenko Prvacki (Singapore), Lee Wen (Singapore), Oh Chai Hoo (Singapore), Tay Bak Chiang (Singapore), Jiao Jian (China), Chu Chu (China) and Tse Yim On (Hong Kong)

VIP Preview Date (By invitation only):
3rd May 2018, Thursday, 2pm – 5pm

Fair Dates & Opening Hours:
Thursday May 3 : 5pm-8pm
Friday May 4 : 12pm-8pm
Saturday May 5 : 12pm-8pm
Sunday May 6 : 12pm-6pm

Location: Pier 94  |  12th Avenue at 55th Street New York, NY 10019

 

 

iPreciation will be participating in Art New York 2018  this May, presenting a group exhibition of established Singaporean and international Asian artists. The lineup will include sculptures, modern calligraphic works, abstract paintings, photographic works and contemporary ink paintings by artists Ju Ming (Taiwan), Wang Dong Ling (China), Zhuang Shengtao (Singapore), Milenko Prvacki (Singapore), Lee Wen (Singapore), Oh Chai Hoo (Singapore), Tay Bak Chiang (Singapore), Jiao Jian (China), Chu Chu (China) and Tse Yim On (Hong Kong).

For more information on the fair and the VIP pass, please contact us at 65 6339 0678 & enquiry@ipreciation.com. You may also visit http://www.artmiami.com/vip-info.

Departure 3 – A Group Exhibition

Departure 3

A Group Exhibition by Milenko Prvacki and Singaporean artists Faris Nakamura, Jodi Tan, Leow Wei Li , Tan Wee Lit, and ZERO (Zul Othman)

Preview: 22 March 2018, 6.30 pm – 8 pm

Exhibition opens to public: 23 March – 7 April 2018  

 

 

iPreciation is proud to present Departure 3, the third edition of a biennial showcase featuring the latest pieces of Milenko Prvacki, while capturing a selection of works by the following artists who graduated from Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore: Tan Wee Lit, Leow Wei Li, Jodi Tan, Faris Nakamura, and ZERO (Zul Othman).

Departure 3 is curated by Milenko Prvacki, one of Singapore’s foremost contemporary artists, art educator, and Cultural Medallion recipient. Prvacki has been a mentor to and influence on many generations of young artists at Lasalle College of the Arts throughout various stages of their artistic careers. This exhibition affirms Prvacki’s visionary impact on Singapore’s Art Scene, as he extends beyond academia and art practice to nurture young contemporary artists.

The exhibition explores the personal experiences and expressions of these artists, while reflecting on their developments in professional art making, as they draw references from various sources of inspiration, such as space, sound, and urban life. Encompassing a diverse range of two and three-dimensional mediums, this year’s lineup would include paintings, assemblages, and mixed media installations, presenting a comprehensive and eclectic mix of artworks that were specially produced for Departure 3

 

Artist Biographies:

Milenko Prvački (b. 1951, Yugoslavia / Singapore) is one of Singapore’s foremost abstract painters. Born in Yugoslavia, Prvački moved to Singapore in 1991. He started his career as an art practitioner and art educator in Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore, in 1994. He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts (Painting) from the Institute of Fine Arts in Bucharest, Romania, in 1998. Subsequently, he was appointed the Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the institution until the year 2010, after which he assumed the post of Senior Fellow in 2011. In 2012, he was conferred the prestigious Cultural Medallion for Visual Arts by the National Arts Council, Singapore and the Silver Medallion for Knights in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Embassy. Formally trained in Eastern European painting, Prvacki was enthralled by Chinese ink painting (水墨, shui mo) when he first moved to Singapore. His oil and acrylic paintings display visible Chinese ink influences, evident in the light washes and layers of colours and brush strokes together with the distinctive method of featuring various narratives around the canvas as opposed to the idea of a singular focal narrative in Western art. While his paintings are informed by personal experiences, they also engage with issues pertinent in society. Prvacki further questions the representative nature of painting by examining the relationship between abstraction and figuration. The figurative elements employed in his paintings are, at the same time, amorphous and highly ambiguous, thereby defying identification and categorization. Prvacki has held solo exhibitions within Singapore, Sydney, Jakarta, Yugoslavia and has also participated in several group exhibitions in the USA, Hong Kong, U.K, Belgium, Korea and many other countries. His works are in several public and permanent collections including that of the Gallery of New South Wales (Australia), Singapore Art Museum (Singapore), National Art Gallery (Singapore), NUS Museum (Singapore), Museum of Contemporary Drawing (Nurnberg, Germany), National Museum of Belgrade (Yugoslavia) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Belgrade, Yugoslavia).

Tan Wee Lit  (b. 1978, Singapore) graduated with an MFA in Sculpture and has exhibited extensively locally and internationally as a practicing artist. He is a recipient of numerous study awards and scholarships from the National Arts Council Singapore and the Media Authority Singapore for his undergraduate and graduate studies. Tan has also worked on multiple commissions for private collections and public art works at Raffles Place (2013), Haw Par Villa (2012), the Jubilee Walk (2015) and the APEC Summit in Danang, Vietnam (2017). He had his first solo exhibition for “12×12 New Artists/ New Work” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and was also awarded the Graduate Fellowship upon graduation. He won the Grand Prize for the 3rd Singapore Sculpture Award in 2007 and has had exhibitions in Europe, the United States and Asia- amongst them “Identities vs Globalisation” (Berlin), “The Same Rain, The Same Wind” (Chiangmai National University), “We Who Saw Signs” (ICA Singapore), “Fifth Outdoor Sculpture Biennial” (Baltimore). He has taught at Singapore Management University, Lasalle College of the Arts, Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore University of Social Sciences and School of the Arts Singapore. Wee Lit was conferred the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council in 2012.

Leow Wei Li (b. 1994, Singapore) graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts with Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class Honours). She works with paint and collect noises. Her paintings are observations of sounds and architecture where she seeks to examine the shapes, colours and textures of ordinary everyday experiences and nuisances. Wei Li is part of an artist duo, Sobandwine, where she does mural paintings and works with various other mediums such as graphic design, sound and videos. Wei Li is a recipient of Young Talent Programme Winners’ Solo Exhibition 2016/17 and has recently exhibited her works at ION Art Gallery, the Affordable Art Fair Singapore and was also one of VADA’s Untapped Discovery artists in 2017. She is also a recipient of TCC-LaSalle Artist-Curator Alumni Award and the Samsung Future Masters 1st runner-up Award in 2016. She has also been awarded the LASALLE College of the Arts and Ngee Ann Kongsi Scholarships during her study. Wei Li has recently participated in Namwon Sound Artists Residency Programme 2017 and will be one of the upcoming resident artists for Seoul Art Space Geumcheon in 2018.

Jodi Tan (b.1990, Singapore) is a Singapore-based artist. Her core interest lies in image-making and image-reading.  Tan graduated with a BA (Honours) in Fine Arts in 2011, from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. She was awarded The Winston Oh Travel Research Award in the same year and has also participated in several exhibitions locally, including the inaugural UNTAPPED EMERGING (2016) organised by Visual Arts Development Association Singapore. Tan is a founding member of The Collective, a group of individuals that have gathered to execute artist-initiated projects.

Faris Nakamura (b. 1988, Singapore) graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts (First Class Honours) from LASALLE College of the Arts in partnership with Goldsmiths, College of London. His works reflect his interest in architecture and nature, while at the same time, deal with conceptual questions of space and the relationship people have with space. Through sculptures, installations and site-specific works, he investigates and explores the different ways people navigate and orientate themselves upon encountering a space or place. Additionally, he desires to study and understand the attachment and/or detachment they have towards certain spaces or places, how it develops, and the impact it has on them. Faris was most recently awarded the Young Talent Programme 2017/18 Winners’ Solo Exhibition. In 2015, he won the Kobe Biennale Grand Prize in the Shitsurai International Art Competition held by Kobe Biennale and in 2013, he was the recipient of the Winston Oh Travel Award. Faris has exhibited both locally and internationally. He has showcased at venues such as The Substation (Singapore), National Library (Singapore), Scotts Square (Singapore), Praxis Space (Singapore), Kobe Biennale, Meriken Park (Japan), Georgetown Festival (Penang, Malaysia) FASS Art Gallery (Turkey), Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi, (Venice).

Zul Othman (b.1979, Singapore), commonly known by his artist moniker Zero has been a practising artist since late 2003. His is an unconventional practice, opting to delve into the subculture norms of street art and graffiti. His notions of a street artist being a pseudo documentarist of contemporary urban life is reflected in his growth as an artist throughout the years. His artistic research and works revolve around contemporary issues on urban social life and space, current affairs and adverse effects of pop culture. A reactionary artist, ZERO’s body of works attempts to negotiate the oddity of street and graffiti art in a regulated space while creating social commentaries on the notion of society and space. His exploits with his defunct collective ARTVTS, has been acknowledged as influencers of the street art scene in South East Asia. He has since founded the RSCLS collective and is still currently active in archiving and documenting urban art practices in South East Asia. His critical approach into understanding and researching urban art practices is apparent in his contemporary practice as an artist. From 2008 till 2010, ZERO was an associate artist with The Substation. In 2013, he was awarded the Young Artists Award by the National Arts Council and also the National Arts Council Seed Grant Award with RSCLS. His works have been acquired by the Singapore Arts Museum in 2010 as part of their permanent collection and he has participated in, organised and curated multiple exhibitions and events both in Singapore and internationally over the course of his artistic practice. He holds a Master of Arts (Fine Arts) Degree from LASALLE College of the Arts/ Goldsmiths UK.

Along the Great Path《行於大道》- A Solo Exhibition of Wang Dongling’s Calligraphic Repertoire

 

 

Performance (4pm) & Private Preview (6pm): Thursday, January 25, 2018 (By Invitation Only)

Exhibition opens to public: January 26, 2018 – February 28, 2018

 

In conjunction with Singapore Art Week 2018, iPreciation proudly presents Along the Great Path 行於大道, a solo exhibition by acclaimed Chinese calligrapher and ink artist, Wang Dongling 王冬齡. Regarded as one of China’s greatest living calligrapher, Wang is best known for his public performances involving large format “Wild Cursive” script (狂草), a Chinese calligraphic style characterized by its erratic and dynamic strokes. His works are often deeply rooted in the ancient philosophies of Buddhism and Taoism, as well as the Chinese classics. Along the Great Path is Wang’s first ever solo exhibition in Singapore, and features over 30 abstract ink and calligraphic paintings. Among these works, a selected range is presented through a unique medium and format. The exhibition will provide viewers with a rare opportunity to view and appreciate Wang’s captivating and powerful calligraphic works up-close.

Born in 1945 in Rudong, Jiangsu Province, China (中國江蘇省如東), Wang graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from the Nanjing Normal University (南京師範大學) under the guidance of prominent literatus and calligrapher Shen Zishan 沈之善 (1899-1969). Wang also became a disciple of Lin Sanzhi 林散之 (1898-1989), known as the sage of cursive script, during this period. He received his Master’s Degree in Fine Art from the Calligraphy Department from the then Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (浙江美術學院) (currently China Academy of Art 中國美術學院) in 1981, under the tutelage of Lu Weizhao 陸維釗 (1899-1980) and Sha Menghai 沙孟海 (1900-1992), when his calligraphy started to emanate its own style and character.

In 1989, at the invitation of the University of Minnesota, USA as a visiting professor to teach Chinese calligraphy, Wang embarked on a journey through the US for four years that expanded his vision of artistic practice through teaching, participation of symposiums and solo exhibitions at institutions like Harvard University and University of California, Berkeley. It was during this period that Wang started his modernist engagement when he immersed himself in the modern works of acclaimed artists like Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Paul Klee (1879-1940), Joan Miró (1893-1983) and Henri Matisse (1869-1954). In addition, Wang was also exposed to Japanese calligraphy during the 1990s, especially of works from the Japanese master Inoue Yuichi 井上有一 (1916-1985). All these influences aroused Wang’s pursuits of experimental techniques and reinterpretations of the ancient art form, refining and fusing them into his own artistic language of gestural abstraction.

Wang’s works have been prominently exhibited at institutions and several international venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City, USA), Guggenheim Museum (New York City, USA), National Art Museum of China (Beijing, China) and the Palace Museum (Beijing, China). They can also be found amongst others in the collections of the British Museum (London), the Zhejiang Museum of Fine Art, (Hangzhou, China), the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, USA), Harvard University (Cambridge, USA), and the University of California, Berkley (USA).

Wang is currently a Professor and Director of the Modern Calligraphy Research Center at the China Academy of Art.

This exhibition is of Singapore Art Week 2018, a joint initiative by the National Arts Council, the Singapore Tourism Board and the Singapore Economic Development Board, Singapore Art Week reinforces Singapore’s position as Asia’s leading arts destination. In its sixth edition in 2018, the twelve-day celebration of the visual arts will be taking place in venues across Singapore, from galleries and museums to art precincts and non-profit spaces.

iPreciation at Art Miami 2017

 

VIP Preview Date: December 5, 2017 (By Invitation Only)
Art Fair Exhibition Period: December 5 – 10, 2017

Venue: The Art Miami Pavilion

One Miami Herald Plaza @ NE 14TH STREET
Downtown Miami
On Biscayne Bay between the Venetian & McArthur Causeways

General Admission Hours: 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017: 11am – 8pm

Thursday, December 7, 2017: 11am – 8pm

Friday, December 8, 2017: 11am – 8pm

Saturday, December 9, 2017: 11am – 8pm

Saturday, December 10, 2017: 11am – 6pm

 

iPreciation is pleased to announce our participation in Art Miami 2017 this December. We will be exhibiting a range of works from established Singaporean and international Chinese artists. This includes the Taichi and Living World Series sculptures from master sculptor Ju Ming (Taiwan), acrylic paintings by Tse Yim On (Hong Kong) and Milenko Prvacki (Singapore), photographic performance series by Lee Wen (Singapore), ink paintings by contemporary ink artists Wang Dongling (China) and Zhuang Shengtao, Oh Chai Hoo and Tay Bak Chiang from Singapore, and contemporary photography works from Chu Chu (China) and Jiao Jian (China).

For more information, please contact us at 65 6339 0678 or enquiry@ipreciation.com.

Portable Art Week 2017 – 4th Edition

 

 

Portable Art Week 2017 

Preview Date: 12 October 2017, Thursday, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Exhibition Period: 13 – 21 October 2017

 

 

iPRECIATION is pleased to present the 4th edition of Portable Art Week. The annual group exhibition aims to be an accessible platform for those who are interested in discovering and collecting contemporary artworks from Singaporean and Asian artists. The exhibition will showcase small-sized but no less exceptional works from established and emerging artists. Spanning across a wide variety of media, the works are priced at a great value (from SGD $800-$4,800) and are suitable options for both experienced and new collectors who would like to expand or kick-start their collection of works by artists around the region. This year’s lineup will include paintings by young emerging artists Ashley Yeo, Bess Chan, Benny Teo, Jon Chan, Kenichiro Fukumoto, William Goh, Wong Kel Win, Yeo Tze Yang, Yang Zhongda and Singaporean artist Jeremy Sharma, followed by mixed media installation works by multi-disciplinary artist duo Chen Sai Hua Kuan and Wang Ruobing and ceramic sculptures by veteran artist Oh Chai Hoo. The diverse mix of affordably priced works in this exhibition will provide an opportunity for people to get up close with Singapore and Asian contemporary art, thereby encouraging and cultivating a “collectors” culture amongst art lovers here that will in turn contribute to a more vibrant art scene. To enhance art collecting accessibility to collectors, any acquisition made with OCBC Mastercard, Visa and China UnionPay Cards can enjoy 0% interest instalment payment plans.

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Artist Biographies:

Ashley Yeo (b. 1990, Singapore) is a Singaporean artist whose practice is founded on drawing. Her works are reflections on the epidemics of visual culture and the complexity of human conditions that stem from private thoughts and ontological questioning. Encompassing drawings, installation, sculpture and writing, she displays and deconstructs weariness and heaviness from a modern world. Within her art practice, she attempts to communicate and push forth kindness and equanimity, introducing lightness and encouraging slowness amidst the world of instant gratification and increasing pressure. She works within a construct of creating depth and curiosity. Ashley attained her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Fine Art from LaSalle College of the Arts, Singapore with First Class Honours and completed her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts at Chelsea College of Art & Design.

Bess Chan (b. 1996, Singapore) is a final year student at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London, where she is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours). As Chan was born in Singapore, brought up in Hong Kong and educated in the UK ever since she was 14, her practice revolves around a continuous documentation of her constant shuffle between these places. Thus, her artistic interest lies in the uncertain nature of the concept of “home” and the ephemerality of contemporary life. Her paintings are drawn from momentary encounters on the streets that are archived and accumulated as photographs over time. Fragmented and distant memories are pieced together on the canvas into scenes constructed from imagination. Portraying the subtle, quiet things and fleeting moments in her immediate surroundings, the paintings essentially become visual reconstructions of the artist’s personal experiences, memories and interior states of being.

Benny Teo (b. 1988, Singapore) graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore in 2013. His work has been featured in several group exhibitions, including Roadless Travelled, German Centre, Singapore (2013); SPOT ART, MICA Building, Singapore (2013); DRIVE – A Gillman Barracks Public Art Festival, Singapore (2014); Art of Our City: Singapore Young Artists, The Art Space @ SUNTEC, Singapore (2015); and Presence and Distances, Flaneur Gallery, Singapore (2015), among others

Chen Sai Hua Kuan (b. 1976, Singapore) holds a Diploma in Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts (1997) and a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (2007). His art practices extend across a wide range of methods and approaches, including film, mixed media, performance, photography, sculpture, sound and installation. His work often centres around the exploration of space and time in relation to architectural concerns. Sai takes inspiration from everyday materials and experiences in the environment. By ‘documenting, collecting, constructing and deconstructing them’, he subverts the meaning of these objects and situations, altering the usual ways in which they are perceived in daily life. Sai’s works have been exhibited extensively in many solo and group exhibitions, including “Sound Like”, (2016, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin), “Ling Ting 2”, (2016, ENVISION: Sculptures @ the Garden City, Singapore) and (2015, Grand Palais Paris, Art Paris Art Fair), “Singapore Eye”, (2015, Saatchi Gallery, London), “Space Drawing”, (2014, OSAGE Gallery, Hong Kong), “Sound of the Earth” (2013, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan); ‘EV+A’ (2010, Ireland); ‘Moscow International Biennale for Young Art’ (2010, Russia); “Busan International Short Film Festival”, (2010 Busan, South Korea); ‘14th Media Art Biennale WRO’ (2011, Poland); ‘Luleå Art Biennial’ (2011, Sweden), and “International Festival for Arts and Media Yokohama” (2009, Yokohama, Japan).

Jeremy Sharma (b. 1977, Singapore) works primarily as a painter but his body of work encompasses video, photography, drawing and installation. He obtained his Master of Art (Fine Art) at the LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts / Open University, United Kingdom in 2006, and his Bachelor of Art (Fine Art) with High Distinction from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Australia in 2003. His solo exhibitions in Singapore includes Apropos (2012) at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, Variations (2011) at Art Forum Gallery, The Protection Paintings – Of Sensations and Superscriptions (2008) at Jendela, Esplanade and End of A Decade (2007) at The Substation Gallery. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions and residency programmes locally and overseas countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Italy, England and the United States. He has received several awards, including Royal Overseas Travel Scholarship Award (2007) JCCI Arts award with art collective KYTV (2005), Studio 106 residency award (2004 Singapore), Finalist in the Philip Morris Singapore Arts Awards (2003), The Lee Foundation Study Grant (2002) and the Della Butcher Award (1999).

Jon Chan (b. 1982, Singapore) graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in 2007, and a Masters of Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, in 2008. Chan is the winner of the 2003 and 2007 Winston Oh Travel Award. He was also the winner of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Arts award in 2007. In 2016, he presented a series of works in “Paraphernalia”, a solo exhibition at Grey Projects, Singapore. He has also participated in group exhibitions including “Visual Rage” (Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore, 2007) and “Departure 2” (iPreciation Gallery, Singapore, 2016). In his body of work for this exhibition, there is a dichotomy between mediated images and how they either intrude or merge with everyday vicissitudes. He is interested in focusing on narratives without the presence of figures. By doing so, he hopes to highlight the unseen structures and borders that govern space both physically and metaphorically.

Kenichiro Fukumoto (b. 1986, Hiroshima, Japan) studied at Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore, as an exchange student in 2013. In 2014, he graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts (Painting) from Tokyo National University of the Arts. He was also awarded the Tokyo Wonder Wall Prize and Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi in 2014. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, including the “TWS Emerging – Open Call Exhibition” (Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, 2014) and “Cross Encounters” (Japan Creative Center – Japan Embassy, Singapore, 2013). His works frequently explore self-created forms and images among the various shapes found in the realms of fine arts, industrial art, folk crafts and decorative art. Since 2013, he has been influenced by tropical plants and other elements of nature he encounters while travelling around South East Asia.

Oh Chai Hoo (b. 1960, Singapore) is a Singaporean artist who works extensively with various mediums. Since he graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore in 1982, he has always been dedicated to his artistic creations. Oh’s mastery of the ink brush is as well-admired as his fearless experimentation with the medium. In recent years, he has been focusing on the development of new ink techniques on rice paper. Chai Hoo’s fascination with rock structures and their natural formations underlies his series of experimental ceramic sculptures. His sculptures highlight the unique beauty of mineral structures that have been shaped over time by the accumulation of sediments. Chai Hoo’s works have been showcased at many various shows and exhibitions, including recent solo exhibitions, “Lifetime of Change” with iPreciation, Singapore (2016), as well as “Tropical Zen Garden” at Esplanade, Singapore (2014). Apart from frequent exhibitions, he has also been given recognition for his outstanding works, by being awarded the Siaw-Tao Best Artwork Award, at the Siaw-Tao Annual Art Exhibition, Singapore, 2013.

Wang Ruobing (b. 1975, Chengdu, China) was born in Chengdu, China and studied at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore, where she graduated with a diploma in 1997. She went on to study at LASALLE College of the Arts (1997) and University of London (2001). In 2005, she became a citizen of Singapore and has since been based here, practising art and also taking on various projects as a curator and researcher. She later received her Doctorate degree in Philosophy of Fine Art from Oxford University in 2010, on the Ruskin scholarship, and Lamb and Flag scholarships. From 2011 to 2014, she worked at the National Gallery Singapore as a curator and is currently lecturing at LASALLE College of the Arts. Wang adopts diverse methods in the process of her projects, of which comprises installation, sculpture, photograph and video. Her work challenges and explores ways of seeing, often disrupting perception and highlighting the anthropological nature of her subjects. She has participated in several solo and group exhibitions, including “Over the Horizon”(2016, The Concourse, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore), “#TransActing: A Market of Values” (2015, Chelsea College of Arts, London, UK), “Follies for è birds”, (2014, National Museum, Singapore), “The Earthly World” (2010, The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art and The Dolphin Gallery, UK), “EVA International” (2010, Limerick, Ireland), “Green For Something” (2010, Mora Gallery, Bucharest, Romania, 2010), “Perfect Forest – Seeded II” (2004, The Substation Gallery, Singapore), “Seeded I” (1999, The Substation Gallery, Singapore).

William Goh Jian Hong (b. 1992, Singapore) is a visual artist who works with a range of media including oil and acrylic painting, sculpture, drawing and mixed media. He is currently pursuing his studies in Art Education at the National Institute of Education (Singapore) and holds a Diploma in Art Teaching from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Singapore). Goh has been a member of both the Modern Art Society (Singapore) and the Singapore Watercolor Society since 2016. He has attended various art and academic symposiums and workshops in Asia. His work has been exhibited both locally and internationally, including the “Fleuve De Vie, River of Life – Group Exhibition”, Society Kentridge Guild House Gallery, National University Singapore (2016) and “Baum des Lebens: Trajectory of Civilisation, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore (2016).

Wong Kel Win (b. 1989, Singapore) is a contemporary Singaporean artist. A recipient of the Future Leadership Scholarship (2013), Wong holds a Bachelor Degree (Honours) in Fine Arts at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore-Goldsmiths, University of London. Wong works in fine arts media – painting, printmaking and drawing as well as what is conventionally considered commercial media – digital drawings. Known for his sardonic wit and humour, Wong’s artworks contain elements of satire that mainly highlight conflicts, worldly issues and confrontations he faces in life. Challenging the contemporary world through his alter-ego, he frequently employs a comical approach to articulate illustrations in his mind and feelings of his heart. Wong has exhibited locally and internationally, including shows at Esplanade (“Commoners” – Solo Exhibition, 2017, Singapore), ION Art Gallery (“At Source 根源 The Young Talent Programme 2014/15 Winners’ Solo Exhibition, Singapore), Sabanci University, Turkey (2010), the Singapore Printmaking Society 29th Annual Exhibition (2009), and the Pocket Films Festival, Japan (2007).

Yeo Tze Yang’s (b. 1994, Singapore) works often depict the unnoticed and by-passed places and objects of his immediate surroundings. Avoiding contemporary conceptual approaches to art, he instead reverts back to a more direct and emotive artistic direction. He believes in the unity of life and art, and envisions his works to be able to speak for themselves and resonate with viewers of any background. The result of such a process is an accumulation of images, thoughts, emotions, stories and memories that in turn become allegories of his life. Yeo is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore. He was awarded the Silver Prize under the Established Artist Category for the UOB Painting of the Year competition in 2016. His first solo exhibition, A Place Behind My Eyes, was held at ION Art Gallery in 2015. Yeo’s works have also been exhibited in venues including Goodman Arts Centre (Singapore), Institute of Contemporary Art (Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore), Art Apart Fair and the Affordable Art Fair. His works are part of private collections in Singapore, Australia, the UK and the USA.

Yang Zhongda (b. 1988, Singapore) believes that a strong technical facility and sincerity is the foundation of all good artworks. He studies Western Painting at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore (2014 – present). He has exhibited in group exhibitions and art fairs including “Affordable Art Fair” (Singapore, 2013), “Expression” (Dahlia Gallery, Singapore, 2012) and “Primeval: A Group Exhibiton” (Goodman Arts Centre, Singapore, 2012). Zhongda’s paintings serve as a visual response to the evanescence and growing nihilism of our time. Beginning from abandoned places, prosaic objects, and decrepit memories, he re-constructs these forgotten or neglected visuals as a means to record and reaffirm their existence and also his own. This visual diary answers a subconscious need to see meaning in daily life, of his relationship to the subjects, and his identity in relation to society. Working primarily in monochrome, he aims to eternalize transitory fragments of memories and effect intimate personal emotions and nostalgia. Through this context of documentation, preservation, and celebration of these moments, it is his wish that viewers would be momentarily transported via the paintings to re-examine and appreciate similar moments in their lives.

Indonesian Artists – Works in the Gallery (September 2017)

 

Top (From left to right): Samsul Arifin, Budi Ubrux, Riki Antoni

Bottom (From left to right): Alfi Jumaldi, Edo Pop, Gusmen Heriadi

Right Corner: Sri Astari Rasjid (sculpture)

 

In the month of September, the gallery will showcase works by Indonesian artists Budi Ubrux (b.1968), Samsul Arifin (b.1979), Alfi Jumaldi (b.1973), Sri Astari Rasjid (b.1953), Gusmen Heriadi (b.1974), Edo Pop (b.1972) and Riki Antoni (b.1977). Ranging from oil and acrylic paintings to sculptures, these works were painted between 2001 and 2009, during the early stages of their artistic careers. The works reflect upon the realities of the modern world and are driven either by personal experiences of the artists or their individual inquiries into the socio-political and cultural issues that has afflicted their society.

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Budi Ubrux (b. 1968)

Born in Semarang, Indonesia, Budi Ubrux has been engaged in numerous art-related works upon his graduation from the Yogyakarta Senior Visual Art School, before emerging as a dedicated full-time artist. The Grand Prize Winner of the Philip Morris Indonesian Art Awards in 2000, he has exhibited extensively both locally and overseas, including Switzerland, Russia, China and Korea. His works are powerful in reflecting the political and social realities of our time, such as the ironic role of the media, conveyed through unique faceless figures mummified in newsprint.

Alfi Jumaldi (b. 1973)

Born in West Sumatra, Alfi Jumaldi is twice the finalist of The Indonesian Art Award, and has widely participated in a numbers of exhibitions and art fairs in Indonesia, Singapore and China. He is also a founding member of the Jendela Fine Arts group, which supports artists in Yogyakarta. Alfi’s works are a quest for self reflection, revealing his own inner struggles by employing metaphorical symbols. Viewing Alfi’s works, one can detect a sense of disquiet and beauty, mingling in a surreal landscape.

Edo Pop (b. 1972)

An active member in the Indonesian art scene, Edo Pop cofounded the Bidar Sriwjaya workshop and Muara Art House. He also participated in overseas solo and group exhibitions in Denmark, USA and Canada. Concerned with materialistic consumerism, his estranged, eccentric figures are caricatures formed by excessive lifestyles. At times a female character holds her head above a cartoonesque body, reflecting an absence of thought, as people become consumed with the material.

Samsul Arifin (b. 1979)

Born in Malang, Indonesia, Samsul Arifin established himself as a multi-talented artist. In 2001, he won both Indonesian Art Institute awards for the Best Watercolour Painting and Best Sketching Work. The artist is often employs, with astute awareness, artistic signifiers in various combinations to construct meanings in his creations. In his series of Barbie Dolls paintings, he has invested much deep thought to effectively manipulate object, colour, space and composition in his works, in criticizing the penetration of imported cultures.

Riki Antoni (b. 1977)

Born in Padang, West Sumatra in 1977, Riki Antoni graduated from the Indonesian Institutes of Arts, Yogyakarta in 2006. His works were widely exhibited in different cities in Indonesia, including the group exhibition of the Artists of Minangkabau held in the National Gallery in Jarkarta. Riki’s paintings are a vigorous expression of self and his fascination for the proverbial, his colourful creations probing viewers to question what constitutes civilised behaviour, and the vulnerabilities that lie beneath a vibrant façade.

Sri Astari Rasjid (b. 1953)

Born in 1953 in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sri Astari Rasjid briefly studied English Literature at the University of Indonesia (1973). She went on to study fashion in London in 1976 and subsequently became a fashion journalist and fashion designer. In 1987, Sri Astari honed her art education and technical skills at the University of Minnesota, USA and the Royal College of Art in London in 1998. She was one of the recipients of the Philip Morris Indonesia VI awards and was also one of the winners of the Millennium Painting Competition of the Winson and Newton Awards (1999). In 2013, she participated in the Indonesia National Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale Arte. She started her career as a professional artist in the early 90s, actively taking part in exhibitions in Indonesia and abroad. Besides being an artist, Sri Astari has been an active player in the arts world –

As the executive director of the 9th Jakarta Biennale, she realized curator Jim Supangkat’s suggestion to introduce installation forks for the first time, and was an important mover as executive committee for the seminal exhibition of contemporary art of the Non-aligned countries in 1995. As a member of the Indonesia Art Foundation (Yayasan Seni Rupa Indonesia), Sri Astari also actively contributes to the education of young artists and the development of art in Indonesia. In early January 2016, Sri Astari was appointed the ambassador of Indonesia to Bulgaria.

Gusmen Heriadi (b. 1974)

Gusmen Heriadi was born in 1974 in Pariaman, West Sumatra, Indonesia. Having graduated from the Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI) in 2005, he now works as an illustrator at Tabloid Altternatif Pualiggoubat Mentawai in his hometown. Gusmen has been actively exhibiting his work over the past two decades. He won an award in Indonesia for Space and Image, that is exhibited at Ciputra World Marketing Gallery. He has also been a finalist of both the Philip Morris and Indofood Art Awards (2000 and 2002), and has been honoured with a Special Appreciation at the Jakarta Art Awards in 2006. The objects featured in his paintings are often metaphors of his feelings and inner debates about the issues of culture and tradition in a modern society. Most of his works are products of his dreams, his responses to life, and his philosophical views. These philosophical and critical thoughts are the result of cultural development and family habits, as well as influences from the breadth of his artistic life and pursuits

Undertone – A Group Exhibition

Undertone – A Group Exhibition by Yeo Tze Yang, Goh Jian Hong & Bess Chan

Preview Date: 6th July 2017, Thursday, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Exhibition Period: 7th July 2017 – 22nd July 2017

 

 

 

iPRECIATION is pleased to present “Undertone”, an exhibition featuring the works of three talented emerging artists from Singapore – Yeo Tze Yang, Bess Chan and Goh Jian Hong. Armed with a critical awareness of the rapidly changing world, these artists represent a burgeoning new generation of thinkers, dreamers and image-makers. Akin to the underlying, initial layers of paint on a blank canvas which may seem unassuming on first glance, each of them play an essential and inextricable role in the structure of a bigger picture. As artists just beginning to make their mark in the local arts scene, they signify a multitude of possibilities. Unified by a mutual desire to express their interpretations of the social issues and dysfunctions that arise from the urban environment they are situated in, they employ different tangents of painting practices to create works that are sincere, insightful and thought-provoking.

Yeo Tze Yang (b. 1994, Singapore) is a painter of everyday life. His paintings often depict the unnoticed and by-passed places and objects of his immediate surroundings. Avoiding contemporary conceptual approaches to art, he instead reverts back to a more direct and emotive artistic direction. He believes in the unity of life and art, and envisions his works to speak for themselves to viewers of any background. The result of such a process is an accumulation of images, thoughts, emotions, stories and memories that in turn become allegories of his life. Yeo was awarded the Silver Prize under the Established Artist Category for the UOB Painting of the Year competition in 2016. He has exhibited widely in venues such as Shophouse 5, Goodman Arts Centre, Institute of Contemporary Art, Art Apart Fair and the Affordable Art Fair in Singapore. His works are part of private collections in Singapore, Australia, the UK and the USA. His first solo exhibition, A Place Behind My Eyes, was held at ION Art by Utterly Art in 2015. Yeo is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore.

Bess Chan (b. 1996, Singapore) is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London. Being born in Singapore, brought up in Hong Kong, and having studied in the UK ever since she was 14, her practice revolves around a continuous documentation of her constant shuffle between these places. Thus, her artistic interest lies in the uncertain nature of the concept of “home” and the ephemerality of contemporary life. Her paintings are drawn from momentary encounters on the streets that are archived and accumulated as photographs over time. Fragmented and distant memories are pieced together on the canvas into scenes constructed from imagination. Portraying the subtle, quiet things and fleeting moments in her immediate surroundings, the paintings essentially become visual reconstructions of the artist’s personal experiences, memories and interior states of being.

Goh Jian Hong (b. 1992, Singapore) is a visual artist who works with a range of media including oil and acrylic painting, sculpture, drawing and mixed media. He is currently pursuing his studies in Art Education at the National Institute of Education (Singapore) and holds a Diploma in Art Teaching from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Singapore). Goh has been a member of both the Modern Art Society (Singapore) and the Singapore Watercolor Society since 2016. He has attended various art and academic symposiums and workshops in Asia. His work has been exhibited both locally and internationally, including the “Fleuve De Vie, River of Life – Group Exhibition”, Society Kentridge Guild House Gallery, National University Singapore (2016) and “Baum des Lebens: Trajectory of Civilisation, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore (2016).

Featured Artwork Partial Images (Left to Right):  Bess Chan – Five to Ten, 117 x 290 cm (Diptych), Oil on Canvas, 2017   |  Yeo Tze Yang – Queue, 91 x 61 cm, Oil on Canvas, 2017   |  Goh Jian Hong – Telok Kurau Primary to Telok Kurau Studios, 60 x 80 cm, Oil on Canvas, 2017

iPreciation at Art New York 2017

 

Art New York 2017 – Ju Ming, Tang Da Wu, Irene Chou, Oh Chai Hoo,
Tay Bak Chiang, Milenko Prvacki, Jin Jie and Zhuang Shengtao

VIP Preview Date (By invitation only):
3rd May 2017, Wednesday, 2pm – 5pm

Fair Dates & Opening Hours:
Wednesday May 3 : 5pm-8pm
Thursday May 4 : 12pm-8pm
Friday May 5 : 12pm-8pm
Saturday May 6 : 12pm-8pm
Sunday May 7 : 12pm-6pm
Location: Pier 94  |  12th Avenue at 55th Street New York, NY 10019

 

iPreciation is proud to announce that the gallery will be participating in Art New York 2017, presenting a group exhibition featuring sculptures from Ju Ming’s Living World Series, ink paintings by Tang Da Wu, Oh Chai Hoo, Irene Chou, Tay Bak Chiang and Zhuang Shengtao, oil paintings by Jin Jie and acrylic paintings by Milenko Prvacki.

Ju Ming 朱銘 (b. 1938, Taiwan) was trained under the apprenticeship of Lee Chinchuan, where he mastered woodcarving and later under Yuyu Yang, a significant sculptor and pioneer of modern art. The maturity of his sculptural language and aesthetic style incorporates the free expression and embraces values of simplicity and environmentalism. Ju presents to an international audience, modern sculptures imbued with Chinese ideas; with the major works in his Taichi Series emphasizing abstract forms encompassing the spirit of Chinese taiji. He simplified Chinese sculpturing forms by incorporating Chinese freehand 写意 calligraphic strokes to mould his sculptures, creating semi-abstract and subsequently abstract sculptures; such a style as rarely seen anywhere else. Ju’s works are in many private and public places including the public collection of National Museum of Singapore, Williams College, USA, City Garden, USA, University of Kansas, USA, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, University of Cambridge, Ashmolean Museum Oxford University, St Catherine’s College Oxford, and Canada Botanical Gardens.

Irene Chou 周綠雲 (b. 1924, Shanghai) received a modern education from St. John’s University in 1945. Leaving Shanghai to settle in Hong Kong in 1949, she began to study Chinese painting under Zhao Shao’ang (1905-1998), an artist of the Lingnan School. Chou later studied under the tutelage of Lu Shou-Kun (1919-1975), whose theories of New Ink Painting inspired her to move away from conventional Chinese styles towards abstract forms. She explored through her paintings, the inner workings of the mind and its relationship to the mysteries of the universe. Her abstract paintings from the 1980s onwards exploded with a stunning energy; these powerful works have rendered her as one of the most innovative artists of the New Ink Painting movement in Hong Kong.After a stroke in 1991, Irene relocated to Brisbane, Australia, where she continued to paint more determinedly than ever. Today, her works are collected by the British Museum, the Chinese University Museum, the Fung Ping Shan Museum and the Hong Kong Museum of Arts, the University of Hong Kong, the City Gallery in Manila, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the National Arts Centre, the National Museum of History in Taipei, the Queensland Art Gallery and the Melbourne Raya Gallery in Australia. (Irene Chou passed away in Brisbane, Australia, in 2011)

Jin Jie 金捷 (b. 1965, China) holds a PhD in Fine Art from Nanjing University of Arts in Jiangsu province. A faithful proponent of the foundation and techniques of orthodox Western oil painting, he has adeptly mastered critical skills in western oil painting. While his works seem to resonate with Western modern art’s impressionistic tones, the soul of the subject is very much Chinese, reflecting the ideas and essence of the depth of Chinese culture. He strongly believes that an oil painting by a Chinese painter needs to be created and identifiable as a Chinese oil painting, not a Western one. Hence the style of his work is based on Chinese ink’s expressive painting写意 (xieyi, meaning expressive, freehand) style, where the focus is not on the detailed rendition of the subject but on its essence. Jin Jie has exhibited extensively in China and is a member of the prestigious China Artists Association amongst many other notable appointments in China. His works are collected by many privates, corporates and institutions.

Oh Chai Hoo 胡财和 (b. 1960, Singapore) is a local artist who works extensively with various mediums. He started his artistic creations at the age of 14, and holding his first group exhibition at 15 with respected artists such as Chen Wen Hsi. His mastery of the brush is as admired as his fearless experimentation with the medium. With his constant development of new techniques for ink on paper, he pushes the boundaries of the art form’s rich heritage to create works that are powerful fusions of Eastern and Western traditions of fine art. Oh graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore in 1982 and is a full time artist who is actively involved in the local arts scene. He is a member of various arts groups including the Singapore Sculpture Society and Nanyang Clay Group, and has had various solo and group exhibitions. He has exhibited in Singapore, Taiwan, China, U.K., Korea and Japan, and has won prestigious awards including the Highly Commendable Award for Abstract Medium in the 18th UOB Painting Competition, Singapore.

Tang Da Wu 唐大霧 (b. 1943, Singapore) received a BA in sculpture from the School of Fine Art, Birmingham Polytechnic (now Birmingham Institute of Art and Design) in 1974 and pursued advanced studies in sculpture at Saint Martins School of Art (now Central Saint Martins) from 1974–75. In 1985, he received an MFA from Goldsmith’s College, University of London. After returning to Singapore in 1979, Tang began to work in performance art, and in 1988, cofounded the Artists Village, a collective committed to promoting experimental art through the provision of studio and exhibition space.  Through performance, installation, painting, and drawing, Tang explores social and environmental themes including deforestation, animal endangerment, and urban transformation. Tang was the recipient of the Visual Arts Award from the Arts Council of Great Britain in 1978, as well as the Artist Award from the Greater London Arts Council in 1983. In 1999, he was awarded the 10th Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in Arts and Culture. He has had solo exhibitions at ACME Gallery, London (1978), National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore (1980), Your Mother Gallery, Singapore (2005), Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur (2006), and Goodman Arts Centre, Singapore (2011). Important performances include Five Days at NAFA and Five Days in Museum, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and National Museum, Singapore (1982), They Poach the Rhino, Chop Off His Horn and Make This Drink, National Museum Art Gallery, National University of Singapore, and Singapore Zoo (1989), and Don’t Give Money to the Arts, Singapore Art exhibition and fair (1995). He has participated in group exhibitions including the Asian Art Show, Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan (1989), Art in Asia: Traditions/Tensions, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth (1998), Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial (1999), and Singapore Biennial (2006). He was featured in the Singapore Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2007. Tang lives and works in Singapore.

Milenko Prvacki (b. 1951, Yugoslavia / Singapore) graduated with a Master of Fine Arts (Painting) from the Institute of Fine Arts in Bucharest, Romania. He is one of the city’s foremost Art educators, having commenced teaching at LASALLE College of the Arts since 1994. He was Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts for 17 years, and currently holds the position of Senior Fellow. Milenko has exhibited extensively in Europe since 1971, with numerous showcases in public spaces and galleries in Singapore since 1993. With recent solo shows held in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, and Jakarta, Milenko also participated in recent group shows held at the Museum of Modern Art in Antwerp, Belgium, the Torrance Art Museum in Los Angeles, the NUS (National University of Singapore) Museum, and the Biennale of Sydney. He has also participated in numerous symposiums and art workshops worldwide, including a panel discussion on Southeast Asian art held at the Singapore Art Museum in 2011, an artist talk at the Istanbul Biennale in 2007, a discussion on Southeast Asian art in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 2001, and acted as visiting professor at Musashino Art University in Tokyo, and Sabanchi University in Istanbul. His works are in the permanent collection of the Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Australia; Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia; Singapore Art Museum, Singapore; Museum of Contemporary Drawing, Nurnberg, Germany among others. Milenko became a Singapore citizen in 2002 and is the recipient of the prestigious Cultural Medallion Award for Visual Arts in 2012.

Tay Bak Chiang 郑木彰 (b. 1973, Singapore) graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore in 1995 and studied at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China, in 1997. He was awarded the First Prize in the Chinese Painting category in the 19th and 22nd United Overseas Bank Painting of the Year Competitions (2000 and 2003 respectively). In 2002 he received the Young Artist Award from the National Arts Council of Singapore. He has had five solo exhibitions to date: Fa Zi Hua Sheng《法自画生》(2003), Between Breaths《呼吸之间》(2010), Ingenuity《天工》(2011), Hear the Wind Sing《且听风吟》(2012) and The Breath of A Blade《剑气》(2013). Bak Chiang has always been inspired by nature. To him, nature is perfection, balance and harmony. He also believes his work should bear the imprint of his environment and reflect the spirit of contemporary times, even if it is rooted in Chinese ink painting. Hence, he often interprets anew nature themes familiar in Southeast Asia, such as heliconias, banana and palm trees, stones and lotus ponds. Earlier in his practice, he experimented with deconstructing and reconfiguring nature motifs. More recently, he has attempted to move away from representational forms, abandoning motifs that may bear his feelings and points of view. He interprets lotus flowers as minimalist forms; stalks as thick, unembellished strokes; and stones as aloof, silent silhouettes, creating vistas that invite viewers to imagine and discover nature for themselves, just as nature intends for us to do.

Zhuang Shengtao 庄声涛 (b. 1944, China / Singapore) came to Singapore in 1955 with his parents. He enrolled in a part-time art program at the Nanyang Academy Of Fine arts in 1964, studying Chinese painting and calligraphy under the tutelage of renowned ink artist, Shi Xiang Tuo. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in 1974, and a Master’s degree in 1977, both obtained from Nanyang University, Singapore. He later went on to study French in Singapore, at the University of Nice (Nice, France) and the Alliance Francoise (Paris, France) in 1981. He moved to the USA in 1987 and enrolled in an Advanced English program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, California. Zhuang also studied print making at the Cornish College of the Arts  (Seattle, Washington, USA) in 1988, and achieved a Master of Fine Art in the University of Washington, (Seattle, USA) in 1990. He has participated in many solo and group exhibitions in Singapore and other countries, including the ‘Three Singaporean Artists’  (1983, Raya Gallery, Australia), ‘New Direction – Singapore Contemporary Art in the 80s and The National Museum Centennial Art Exhibition’ (1987, Singapore National Museum Art Gallery), ‘Journey of Ink’, (1993, Singapore National Museum Art Gallery), ‘Power and Poetry – Monuments and Meditations in Chinese Contemporary Ink Paintings’ (1998, Singapore Art Museum), ‘5thInternational Ink Painting Biennial of Shenzhen’ (1999, Shenzhen, China) and in BenSe Art Museum, (2009, Suzhou, China). Zhuang now lives and works in Suzhou, China.

For more information on ticketing, please contact the gallery at
brian.foong@ipreciation.com or audrey.tay@ipreciation.com

When Space Dissolves into Luminosity; Where Flowers Bloom Amidst Rocks

 

When Space Dissolves into Luminosity; Where Flowers Bloom Amidst Rocks – A group exhibition by Chng Seok Tin, Han Sai Por, Chiew Sien Kuan, Oh Chai Hoo, Chua Chon Hee,  Lim Soo Ngee, Ng Siok Hoon, Terence Tan, Lynn Lim, Yang Zhong Da

Private Preview: 13th April 2017, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Exhibition Opens to Public: 15th April  – 25th April 2017

Artwork Collage (When space dissolves)

 

iPreciation is proud to present “When Space Dissolves into Luminosity; Where Flowers Bloom Amidst Rocks”, a group exhibition comprising works by 10 Singaporean artists. This exhibition coalesces the rich diversity and talent of these unique individuals, some of whom are young and emerging artists and the others, established art practitioners with a wealth of experience in the local and international cultural scene. The works on view spans across different mediums; ranging from sculptures, paintings, prints and mixed media. This exhibition examines how artists of today approach questions of authenticity while navigating the ever complex world. This common pursuit for authenticity reflects a desire to be free, autonomous and true to oneself, in a bid to achieve a sense of fulfillment and harmony in life. In light of this sentiment, the artists selected for this exhibition present works that have been informed by inspiring situations. These diverging works are imbued with a critical awareness of the everyday environment and the dilemmas and discontent that arises from progress.

In the visual imageries of Chiew Sien Kuan, Oh Chai Hoo, Ng Siok Hoon and Terence Tan, lies a burgeoning sense of detachment from the physical world, where space seems to dissolve into luminosity and manifest into a utopian state. Other works in this exhibition explore notions of desire, limitations and how one relates to the material world. Both Lim Soo Ngee and Yang Zhong Da highlight subtle details by bringing seemingly incompatible worlds together to create compositions with a streak of odd humor and curiosity. On the other hand, the works of Chng Seok Tin, Han Sai Por, Chua Chon Hee and Lynn Lim are deeply rooted in nature and its inextricable connection to the very essence of life. Each of their creations linger between the fictional and the experiential, suggesting perhaps, within the intersections and between the realm of the real and the imagined is where the authentic lies.

Supported by NAC

The Ink Art of Zhuang Shengtao 庄声涛

 

Private Preview: 16th March 2017, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Exhibition Opens to Public: 17th March – 1 April 2017

SAMSUNG CSC
iPreciation is honoured to present a solo exhibition by Singaporean artist and Ink master, Zhuang Shengtao. This exhibition brings together a selection of 34 works created between the years 1984 to 2010, a period marked by his significant artistic development from one of tradition to that of the contemporary. These works are a synthesis of traditional and modern themes, where bold brush strokes and abstract characters meet, reminiscent of the aesthetics of modern Western art, yet retaining the fundamentals and symbolism of Chinese calligraphy. They reflect Zhuang’s roots in Chinese Ink painting and calligraphy and his desire to incorporate the free-spirited and expressive quality of the Western art he encountered during his travels to Europe and the USA in the 1980s.

 

Born in China in 1944, Zhuang came to Singapore in 1955 with his parents. He enrolled in a part-time art program at the Nanyang Academy Of Fine arts in 1964, studying Chinese painting and calligraphy under the tutelage of renowned ink artist, Shi Xiang Tuo. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in 1974, and a Master’s degree in 1977, both obtained from Nanyang University, Singapore. He later went on to study French in Singapore, at the University of Nice (Nice, France) and the Alliance Francoise (Paris, France) in 1981. He moved to the USA in 1987 and enrolled in an Advanced English program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, California. Zhuang also studied print making at the Cornish College of the Arts  (Seattle, Washington, USA) in 1988, and achieved a Master of Fine Art in the University of Washington, (Seattle, USA) in 1990. He has participated in many solo and group exhibitions in Singapore and other countries, including the ‘Three Singaporean Artists’  (1983, Raya Gallery, Australia), ‘New Direction – Singapore Contemporary Art in the 80s and The National Museum Centennial Art Exhibition’ (1987, Singapore National Museum Art Gallery), ‘Journey of Ink’, (1993, Singapore National Museum Art Gallery), ‘Power and Poetry – Monuments and Meditations in Chinese Contemporary Ink Paintings’ (1998, Singapore Art Museum), ‘5th International Ink Painting Biennial of Shenzhen’ (1999, Shenzhen, China) and in BenSe Art Museum, (2009, Suzhou, China). Zhuang now lives and works in Suzhou, China.

Supported by NAC

 

Irene Chou’s Universe of Ink at Art Basel Hong Kong 2017

 

Art Basel Hong Kong 2017 – Irene Chou’s Universe of Ink

VIP Preview Date: 21 – 22 March 2017 (By Invitation Only)
Exhibition Dates: 23 – 25 March 2017

 

 

Location: Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre 1 Harbour Road Wan Chai (Hong Kong, China)

OPENING HOURS

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
3.00 PM – 8.00 PM VIP Preview

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
1.00 PM – 5.00 PM VIP Preview

5.00 PM – 9.00 PM Vernissage

Thursday, March 23, 2017
1.00 PM – 8.00 PM

Friday, March 24, 2017
1.00 PM – 9.00 PM

Saturday, March 25, 2017
11.00 AM – 6.00 PM

 

iPreciation will be participating in Art Basel Hong Kong 2017, presenting a solo exhibition of works by Irene Chou (b. 1924 – 2011).

Chou was a leading pioneer of the New Ink Painting Movement in Hong Kong during the 1960s, known for her unique blend of traditional Chinese ink painting together with the aesthetics of modern and abstract Western art. The works that will be presented at Art Basel Hong Kong 2017 for the solo exhibition are special and poignant – they were mostly created over a period of time after she suffered from a stroke in 1991 and before she passed on in 2011. They reflected her strong and unwavering artistic spirit in redefining the boundaries of conventional Chinese painting, even in difficult times. Her art took a more introspective turn to the metaphysical contemplations of life and the universe –  the art of her inner world. Her works are collected by the British Museum, the Chinese University Museum, the Fung Ping Shan Museum and the Hong Kong Museum of Arts, the University of Hong Kong, the City Gallery in Manila, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the National Arts Centre, the National Museum of History in Taipei, the Queensland Art Gallery, the Melbourne Raya Gallery in Australia, GIC Singapore, Jurong Town Corporation, Harbour View, Keppel Land and the Museum of Brisbane.Chou’s works have been collected by the British Museum, the Chinese University Museum,  the Hong Kong Museum of Arts, the City Gallery in Manila, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of History in Taipei, the Queensland Art Gallery and the Melbourne Raya Gallery in Australia.

For more information, please contact us at brian.foong@ipreciation.com or audrey.tay@ipreciation.com

Ling Ting @ Gillman Barracks

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Singapore monumental sculpture, Ling Ting, by Singapore contemporary artist Chen Sai Hua Kuan is currently exhibiting in Gillman Barracks. Presented by our gallery and sponsored by National Arts Council, this interactive artwork hopes to create awareness of listening to one’s heart in a stressful society. Exhibition runs till early October.

Afterimage…

 

Afterimage… – A group exhibition by Hilmi Johandi, Jon Chan, Khairulddin Wahab, Kenichiro Fukumoto & Allan Balisi

Preview Date: 16th February 2017
Exhibition Period: 17th February 2017 – 4th March 2017
Artist Talk: 18th February 2017, 2pm

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iPRECIATION will be presenting a group exhibition titled “Afterimage…” featuring five emerging artists from Asia. They are Hilmi Johandi (Singapore), Khairulddin Wahab (Singapore), Jon Chan (Singapore), Kenichiro Fukumoto (Japan) and Allan Balisi (Philippines). The exhibition will include a weekend artists’ talk. The five artists featured in this exhibition work primarily with the medium of paint; the common thread that runs through their practice is the individual inquiry into the hyper visual culture they are situated in. The works on showcase were created in light of this position and offer diverging perspectives on the afterimage.

Hilmi Johandi (b. 1987, Singapore) graduated from Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore, with a Bachelor’s degree (Honours) in Fine Arts in 2013. He uses cinematic language to develop methods of compressing temporal and physical spaces into non-linear narratives in his paintings. He composes and synthesises images from films, archival footages and photographs into fragmented montages that often hint at the social effects of rapid development, and the conflicts between traditional and modern ways of living. He has been involved in solo and group exhibitions including Framing Camellia (Affordable Art Fair Young Talent Programme 2013/14 Winner’s Solo Exhibition, SIngapore, 2014), Dusk to Dawn | Fajar ke Senja (Galerie Steph, OCBC Art Space, Singapore, 2014), Primavera 4 (Galerie Frédéric Lacroix, Paris (2015), Portraits in Verses (Fred Torres Gallery, New York, 2015) and A Figment of Film  (ADM Gallery, National Technological University, Singapore, 2016)

Khairulddin Wahab (b. 1990, Singapore) graduated from Lasalle College of the Arts, in 2014, with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fine Arts. His artistic practice is informed by his interest in the politics of representation and the philosophy of photography. His interest in the photographic image stems from its significance as a site for memory, history and the emergence of a hyper visual culture in the digital age. His paintings inquire on the authenticity of representation and the construction of its meaning. He has participated in many group exhibitions, including “Art of ASEAN: Our Exhibition” (Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery, 2015), “Grass is Greener on the Other Side” (Winston Oh Research Award, Project Space, Singapore, 2014) and the Arte Laguna Prize Exhibition (Romanian Institute, Venice, Italy, 2013).

Jon Chan (b. 1982, Singapore) graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in 2007, and a Masters of Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, in 2008. Chan is the winner of the 2003 and 2007 Winston Oh Travel Award. He was also the winner of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Arts award in 2007. In 2016, he presented a series of works in “Paraphernalia”, a solo exhibition at Grey Projects, Singapore. He has also participated in group exhibitions including “Visual Rage” (Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore, 2007) and “Departure 2” (iPreciation Gallery, Singapore, 2016). In his body of work for this exhibition, there is a dichotomy between mediated images and how they either intrude or merge with everyday vicissitudes. He is interested in focusing on narratives without the presence of figures. By doing so, he hopes to highlight the unseen structures and borders that govern space both physically and metaphorically.

Allan Balisi (b. 1982, Philippines) holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Major in Advertising) from the Far Eastern University, Manila, Philippines (2005). His works often possess a strong narrative undercurrent, despite its fragmentary albeit figural nature. He extracts and isolates his subjects from their original contexts and re-encodes them with new ones, mostly as surrogate experiences and borrowed memories, with which he attempts to decrypt and mitigate his personal confusions on matters such as memory and history. His solo and group exhibitions include “Five Paintings” (Blanc Gallery, Manila, 2013), “We are Awake Elsewhere” (Richard Koh Fine Art, Singapore, 2012) and “End Result” (Light & Space Contemporary, Manila). He has also previously been short-listed for the Ateneo Art Awards in 2009 and 2013.

Kenichiro Fukumoto (b. 1986, Hiroshima, Japan) studied at Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore, as an exchange student in 2013. In 2014, he graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts (Painting) from Tokyo National University of the Arts. He was also awarded the Tokyo Wonder Wall Prize and Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi in 2014. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, including the “TWS Emerging – Open Call Exhibition” (Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, 2014) and “Cross Encounters” (Japan Creative Center – Japan Embassy, Singapore, 2013). His works frequently explore self-created forms and images among the various shapes found in the realms of fine arts, industrial art, folk crafts and decorative art. Since 2013, he has been influenced by tropical plants and other elements of nature he encounters while travelling around South East Asia.

 

Supported by NAC

 

Juxtaposition

(Left) Howl, 243 x 121.9 cm, 2016, Mixed Media on Aluminium Panel, by Chng Nai Wee (Right) Memorable Recollection – King and Elephants 2, 2015, 50 x 60 cm, Oil on canvas, by Baet Yeok Kuan

(Left) Chng Nai Wee – Howl (Partial Image), 2016, 243 x 121.9 cm, Mixed Media on Aluminium Panel
(Right) Baet Yeok Kuan – Memorable Recollection – King and Elephants 2, 2015, 50 x 60 cm, Oil on canvas

Private Preview: 12th Jan 2017, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Exhibition Opens to Public: 13th – 26th Jan 2017                                                            

iPreciation presents “Juxtaposition”, an exhibition by Singaporean artists, Baet Yeok Kuen and Chng Nai Wee.  This exhibition features the latest selection of paintings from both artists. The works reflect personal narratives from both of their lives and their mutual interests in exploring new possibilities in the medium of painting. Symbolic objects from Baet’s childhood encounters appear in his oil paintings, such as a set of colonial era coinage, a yellow lemon and an elephant. These objects spark a tender wave of recall for him, as they gave him an insight to the workings and relationships of the world. With his background as both an artist and ophthalmologist, Chng fleshes out compartments of the human body in his new series of works, showing how our energies course through arteries and veins. Through the depiction of organ and tissue dissections, he shows how the fragility and weakness of our bodies echo the sense of helplessness and desolation of the individual.

Both Baet and Chng explore the duality of the subconscious and unconscious mind in their mixed media paintings, creating a many-layered effect that is free to be interpreted differently by viewers. Though different in choice of subjects, they both push boundaries with their experimental fusing of traditional media and new technology, such as aluminium panels, mixed media materials and oil painting. “Juxtaposition” is part of Singapore Art Week (11 – 22 January 2017). A joint initiative by the National Arts Council, the Singapore Tourism Board and the Singapore Economic Development Board, Singapore Art Week reinforces Singapore’s position as Asia’s leading arts destination. The twelve-day celebration of the visual arts offers a myriad of quality art experiences, from art fairs, gallery openings, exhibitions, lifestyle events and public art walks, to enriching discussions on art and culture. For more information, please visit www.artweek.sg.

Baet Yeok Kuan (b.1961, Singapore).

Baet holds a Diploma in Fine Art (Painting) from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (1987) and a Masters in Fine Art from the University of Central England, Birmingham (1992).  In 1995, he was conferred the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council Singapore. He has represented Singapore in several international symposiums including the New Generation Contemporary Singapore Art Exhibition and Symposium, Japan (1990) and Second ASEAN Artist Creative Interaction, Indonesia (1997), Singapore-India Artists Exchange Programme, India (1999) and Artist-in-Residence in University of Philippines (2003). He has also won several awards such as the Grand Prize of the UOB Painting of the Year Competition (1987), Second Prize in the Contemporary Art Competition (Sculpture), Area Prize and Judge Prize in the Third Tokyo Urbanart Competition (1994).

He was President of the Modern Art Society Singapore from 2003 to 2004. He has also completed many local public art projects, including Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3, National Museum and National Library Board. He recently completed a site-specific installation “24 Hours in Singapore” on the Asian Civilisations Museum lawn, in commemoration of SG50, an inaugural commission by the Public Art Trust. He is currently the Vice President of Federation of Art Societies and Modern Art society Singapore. To date, he has held six solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions locally and overseas, including Asia, Australia, Canada, France, United Kingdom and United States. Baet’s works have been collected by museums and notable private collections, including Fukuoka Art Museum in Japan, National Museum of Singapore, National Arts Council, National Art Museum, NUS Museum, St. Regis Hotel and Mapletree business city.Museum, St. Regis Hotel and Mapletree business city.

Chng Nai Wee (b. 1969, Singapore)

Chng graduated with an Honors in Medicine and Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (1993) and Ophthalmology from the National University of Singapore (1999). He attended Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts classes from 1986 to 1987. He also studied in Yale University School of Architecture (1999, 2004 & 2014) as a graduate student. He has delivered lectures on Art and Technology, Art and Dot-Com Resources, and received Hitwise Online Performance Awards for his comprehensive documentation of Singapore Art. His works draw inspiration from his unique background in Biomedical Sciences, Design, and Information Technology. He has also served as a speaker for the inaugural Creativity in the Arts, Sciences and Technology seminar at the National University of Singapore, a judge for the Singapore Sculpture Competition, and a member of the Arts Education Council. Among the awards that he has received are the Young Artist Award, National Arts Council (1999), Tan Tse Chor Art Award, Singapore Art Society (1995), and Double Honorable Mentions, Philip Morris Asean Art Awards (1994).

In his wide repertoire of works, he displays a deep understanding of Anatomy and Histology, as seen in his solo show, Biotechnics, at the Substation, Singapore (1998). His outdoor light art installation, Moleculux – Luminsecent Bodies in Hyperspace, in his solo show at Sculpture Square, Singapore (2001), displayed his profound interest in the intersection of geometric modular construction and optics. Other solo shows include Recent Works (1994), and New Works (1991) at the National Museum Art Gallery. Chng has also exhibited at the inaugural show of Sculpture Square (1999) and Esplanade (2002) with his work “Biotics”, which posits a future of pharmaceutical enhancements of the Human race, and “Like or Not?”, large scale pneumatic sculptures at the latter venue, that question the relationship between perceptual affinity and biomimetic architectural forms. His public works include Panthenon – Innards of Consciousness (Biopolis, Singapore, 2003), and Techgenesis (National Arts Council lobby (1999), a fusion of the innards of computer circuitry and raw construction materials. His works have also been permanently acquired by the Singapore Art Museum. 

 

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Gone By, Just Before The Present Time

 

Preview Date (By Invitation Only): 10th November 2016                                      

Exhibition Dates: 11th November – 26th November 2016

Artist Talk: 26th November 2016, 3pm

 

iPreciation presents ‘Gone By, Just Before The Present Time’ by Chen Sai Hua Kuan and Wang Ruobing.

This exhibition features the latest mixed-media works co-created by artists Chen Sai Hua Kuan and Wang Ruobing. As suggested by the title, the works explore both artists’ personal and collective memories of historical landmarks in Singapore. Derived from a familiar form of child’s play, where images overlap and form optical illusions, the installation works allow viewers to participate in an interactive experience as they walk pass. In doing so, the viewer’s abstract sense of memories and places are translated into visual perception, hence being reminded of the transitory present. The exhibition leads viewers down memory lane through old and new landmarks featured in the works, such as the former National Library building which was demolished to make way for the Fort Canning Tunnel, and the Lau Pa Sat food centre which is now surrounded by skyscrapers. The complex images dispel the sense of familiarity that is associated with these iconic landmarks and highlights the relationship between heritage and tradition. Through such an approach, both artists demonstrate the ways in which images of the past change over time and how the past is being used for present progress.

Chen Sai Hua Kuan (b. 1976, Singapore) holds a Diploma in Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts (1997) and a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (2007). His art practices extend across a wide range of methods and approaches, including film, mixed media, performance, photography, sculpture, sound and installation. His work often centres around the exploration of space and time in relation to architectural concerns. Sai takes inspiration from everyday materials and experiences in the environment. By ‘documenting, collecting, constructing and deconstructing them’, he subverts the meaning of these objects and situations, altering the usual ways in which they are perceived in daily life. Sai’s works have been exhibited extensively in many solo and group exhibitions, including “Sound Like”, (2016, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin), “Ling Ting 2”, (2016, ENVISION: Sculptures @ the Garden City, Singapore) and (2015, Grand Palais Paris, Art Paris Art Fair), “Singapore Eye”, (2015, Saatchi Gallery, London), “Space Drawing”, (2014, OSAGE Gallery, Hong Kong), Sound of the Earth” (2013, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan); ‘EV+A’ (2010, Ireland); ‘Moscow International Biennale for Young Art’ (2010, Russia); “Busan International Short Film Festival”, (2010 Busan, South Korea); ‘14th Media Art Biennale WRO’ (2011, Poland); ‘Luleå Art Biennial’ (2011, Sweden), and “International Festival for Arts and Media Yokohama” (2009, Yokohama, Japan).

Wang Ruobing (b. 1975, Chengdu, China). Wang was born in Chengdu, China and studied at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore, where she graduated with a diploma in 1997. She went on to study at LASALLE College of the Arts (1997) and University of London (2001). In 2005, she became a citizen of Singapore and has since been based here, practising art and also taking on various projects as a curator and researcher. She later received her Doctorate degree in Philosophy of Fine Art from Oxford University in 2010, on the Ruskin scholarship, and Lamb and Flag scholarships. From 2011 to 2014, she worked at the National Gallery Singapore as a curator and is currently lecturing at LASALLE College of the Arts in 2016. Wang adopts diverse methods in the process of her projects, of which comprises installation, sculpture, photograph and video. Her work challenges and explores ways of seeing, often disrupting perception and highlighting the anthropological nature of her subjects. She frequently works with found objects and spaces from everyday life, correlating them with social, political, urban and environmental issues. She has participated in several solo and group exhibitions, including “Over the Horizon”(2016, The Concourse, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore), “#TransActing: A Market of Values” (2015, Chelsea College of Arts, London, UK), “Follies for è birds”, (2014, National Museum, Singapore), “The Earthly World” (2010, The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art and The Dolphin Gallery, UK), “EVA International” (2010, Limerick, Ireland), “Green For Something” (2010, Mora Gallery, Bucharest, Romania, 2010), “Perfect Forest – Seeded II” (2004, The Substation Gallery, Singapore), “Seeded I” (1999, The Substation Gallery, Singapore).

Turn Loose The Mermaids

 

Turn Loose The Mermaids – Luke Heng, Jeremy Sharma and Warren Khong
VIP Private Preview Date: 15th September 2016
Exhibition Dates: 16th September 2016 – 1st October 2016

 

 

iPreciation is proud to present “Turn Loose The Mermaids”, a group exhibition co-created by Luke Heng, Jeremy Sharma and Warren Khong. This exhibition highlights the practices of three Singapore artists that are divergent of painting. Exploring and intertwining medium, space, materiality, acoustics and objects, new readings emerge beyond the formal into one that is conceptual, relational and experimental.

Referencing the name of a song’s title, “Turn Loose The Mermaids” evokes the imaginary and the unconscious that emerge from the unknown to take hold and form. With this in mind, the project asks “how can form and material speak of ideas and thus engage with the viewer?”; “how can artists trained in the formal aspects of painting extend these ideas and sensibilities to structures, image, space and media?”; “How does one contribute or liberate new knowledge and discourse to the contemporary in a field burdened by its own history, can aesthetics here be as critically valued as socially engaged narratives?”

Jeremy Sharma is a Singaporean artist that works across media around ideas of aesthetics and production. His practice investigates various models of enquiry in the information age, addressing our present relationship to modernity and interconnectivity in the everyday and our place in an increasingly fragmented and artificial reality. Sharma graduated from Lasalle College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Art (Fine Art) with high distinction in 2003 and a Master of Art (Fine Art) in 2006. He has since had a many group and solo exhibitions and is currently also a lecturer at Lasalle College of the Arts.

Luke Heng’s works are primarily concerned with the conceptualization and manifestation of painting. Interested in the formal qualities of a painting, the Singaporean artist works to materialize a painting through various approaches when considering the ontological possibilities of what a painting is and what it can possibly become. Heng graduated from Lasalle College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) first class honours in 2013. He is currently lecturing in Lasalle College of the Arts, while he practices art independently.

Warren Khong is a contemporary Singaporean artist that situates his practice mainly in the field of painting. Akin to the aims of this exhibition, he contemplates the concepts of painting and its relation to surface and materiality in his works, while keeping in mind the aesthetics of beauty in the artificiality of creation. Khong graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts with a diploma in Fine Art on 2006, then went on to attain his Bachelors in Fine Art: Painting and Drawing from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore in partnership with University of Huddersfield, U.K. in 2009. In 2015, he then graduated from Lasalle College of the Arts, partnership with Goldsmiths’ College,with a Masters in Fine Arts.

Sri Astari Rasjid at Bazaar Art Jakarta 2016

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Bazaar Art Jakarta – Sri Astari Rasjid
VIP Preview Date: 25th August 2016 (By Invitation Only)
Exhibition Dates: 26th August 2016 – 28th August 2016
Location: The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta Pacific Place

Sudirman Central Business District (SCBD) Jalan Jenderal Sudirman No. 52-53, Jakarta Selatan, DKI Jakarta 12190, Indonesia
Booth B7

OPENING HOURS

Thursday, August 25, 2016
3.00 PM – 5.00 PM VIP Preview
7.00 PM – 10.00 PM Vernissage

Friday, August 26, 2016
12.00 noon – 10.00 PM

Saturday, August 27, 2016
12.00 noon – 10.00 PM

Sunday, August 28, 2016
12.00 noon – 10.00 PM

 

 

iPreciation will be participating in Bazaar Art Jakarta this August, presenting a solo exhibition of works by Sri Astari Rasjid.

Born in 1953 in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sri Astari Rasjid briefly studied English Literature at the University of Indonesia (1973). She went on to study fashion in London in 1976 and subsequently became a fashion journalist and fashion designer. In 1987, Sri Astari honed her art education and technical skills at the University of Minnesota, USA and the Royal College of Art in London in 1998.

Sri Astari’s works often incorporate paradoxes, akin to traditional Javanese cultural expressions which have a unique and sophisticated way of managing paradoxes. Javanese courts have had a long history of brutal and bloody struggles of power, yet the Javanese are known for their fine and delicate artistic expressions. Direct encounters of conflicts, complexities and contradictions are avoided and instead arranged excellently in metaphors to subdue explosive possibilities. As the Javanese cultural expressions predicate gentleness over violence, Sri Astari’s works are characteristically gentle yet powerful in communicating their ideas. .

In this exhibition, we will be featuring ‘Armor for Change’ previously exhibited in our outdoor exhibition in Singapore, ENVISION: Sculptures @ The Garden City. The artwork features a 2.5 metre kebaya made of aluminium. This work shares the same inspiration as Sri Astari’s previous work, the ‘Kebaya’ – an esoteric metaphor she employs to contemplate feminine and masculine issues. ‘Armor For Change’ follows the trajectory of Sri Astari’s artistic interrogation on the detrimental impact of traditional concepts on women’s lives. We will also be presenting ‘Armors For the Soul’ which demonstrates Sri Astari’s work of paradox, where the cascading ripples of the garment flows in an elegant, soft, artistic rhythm, contrasting against the shine of the cast aluminum and stainless steel, a reminder of the sturdiness behind the elegance.

Other works featured are ‘Still Strong In My Memory’, ‘Eling’, ‘Contestants’, ‘La Vie En Rose’, ‘Drunken Bag’ and ’50 Years Barbie Lethal Venture’ where the last 3 mentioned artworks features the ‘bag’, another metaphor often used by Sri Astari to convey her ideas and criticisms. Like two sides of a coin, her bags carry two opposing ideas, such as La Vie en Rose (‘Life in pink’) carved on one side, and La Vie en Noire (‘Life in black’) on the other side. These works demonstrate the artist’s bold criticisms on her own social environment, of its tendencies for consumerism; highlighting ideas on society’s contemporary fetishism and prevailing social insecurity.

Besides being an artist, Sri Astari has been an active player in the arts world. As the executive director of the 9th Jakarta Biennale, she realized curator Jim Supangkat’s suggestion to introduce installation forks for the first time, and was an important mover as executive committee for the seminal exhibition of contemporary art of the Non-aligned countries in 1995. As a member of the Indonesia Art Foundation (Yayasan Seni Rupa Indonesia), Sri Astari also actively contributes to the education of young artists and the development of art in Indonesia. She was recently appointed as Indonesia’s ambassador to Bulgaria in January 2016.

For VIP tickets to visit the fair, please contact the gallery at
june.ong@ipreciation.com or brian.foong@ipreciation.com

Departure 2 – A Group Exhibition

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Departure 2 – Milenko Prvacki, Betty Susiarjo, Ashley Yeo, Jon Chan, Ezekiel Wong Kel Win
Preview Date: 12th August 2016
Exhibition Dates: 13th August 2016 – 27th August 2016

iPreciation is proud to present “Departure 2”, the second edition of the group exhibition that first started in 2014. This year, the group exhibition will be featuring the works of Betty Susiarjo, Ashley Yeo, Jon Chan and Ezekiel Wong alongside Milenko Prvacki’s most recent works. In tandem with 2014’s exhibition, the second edition of ‘Departure’ is based on the simple premise of exploring the works and development of the students of Prvacki at Lasalle College of the Arts, in their after-art-school period, having been exhorted by their master to depart and develop their own as artists. Hence, “Departure 2” will be a visual art exhibition that captures new generations of work representing different tangents of painting and art practices, concepts and ideas here in Singapore. This exhibition will comprise of a good range of media – from paintings to drawings to 3D work – with a mix of styles and ideas.

“Departure 2” is curated by cultural medallion, educator, and artist, Milenko Prvacki. He has taught art to many generations of young artists in Lasalle College of the Arts Singapore and has hand-picked some of his top students to exhibit with him this year at iPreciation. This exhibition affirms Prvacki’s involvement in Singapore’s Art Scene has extended beyond his artistic practice, but also through his mentorship as an art educator. His efforts to develop Singapore’s contemporary art are evident in the “Departure”

Betty Susiarjo is a mixed-media artist born in Indonesia and based in Singapore. She graduated with a President Distinction Diploma in Fine Art from Lasalle SIA Collage of the Arts, Singapore in 2002, and has since obtained her Bachelors of Arts (Honours) Fine Art, Master of Art (Fine Art) and Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Art and Design) in England from Surrey Institute of Art and Design, Winchester School of Art and Goldsmiths University of London respectively. Her works explore the concepts of temporality, materiality and beauty. Often incorporating craft through the use of embroidery and beads, into her works, her works evoke a sense of poetic yet ethereal beauty.

Ashley Yeo is a Singaporean artist whose practice is founded on drawing. Her works are reflections on the epidemics of visual culture and the complexity of human conditions, that stem from private thoughts and ontological questioning. She attained her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Fine Art from Lasalle Collage of the Arts, Singapore with first class honours and completed her Masters Degree in Fine Arts at Chelsea College of Art & Design. She has also been the recipient of Lasalle Award of Academic Excellence in 2011, Winston Oh Travel Award in 2010 and NAC Scholarship (local) in 2010.

Jon Chan is a Singaporean painter who explores the dimensions between unsolicited real-time performances and their meditation and circulation as images, attenuating any parallels between these two domains. His works in this exhibition will draw inspiration from his interest in comics as well as real-time situations. He attained his Diploma in Fine Art (Painting), Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) and Masters of Fine Arts in Lasalle College of the Arts Singapore, and has been awarded the Winston Oh Travel Award in both 2003 and 2007. He has also been a recipient of the JCCI Arts Awards in 2007.

Ezekiel Wong Kel Win is a Singaporean artist known for his sardonic wit and humour. His works contain elements of satire that highlight societal conflicts, geopolitical issues and his own personal confrontations. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts (Honours) from Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore-Goldsmiths, University of London and has been awarded the Affordable Art Fair Young Talent Program Solo Exhibition Award, Singapore in 2014/15 as well as the Future Leadership Scholarship in 2013.

Kumari Nahappan – Private Viewing

 

Kumari Nahappan – Private Viewing Of Important Paintings

Date: 1 – 29 December 2016 (By Invitation Only)

 

iPreciation is honoured to present 10 important paintings by Singaporean artist, Kumari Nahappan. The selection of acrylic paintings are boldly adorned with the artist’s signature use of vibrant shades of red, a colour that is also frequently seen in her sculptural and installation work. These paintings are available for private acquisition. These works were previously exhibited in the Museum der Kulteren in Basel, Switzerland (2007-2008), the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands (2010-2012) and Art Science Museum in Singapore (2015). Inspired by Hindu rituals, offerings and philosophy, Kumari’s abstract paintings often reflect on life, power and energy, evident in her use of rich colors and minimal yet bold compositions. This exclusive viewing will allow invited viewers to experience the enigmatic quality of her paintings up-close.

Born in 1953 in Malaysia, Kumari Nahappan is a prominent artist in the region of Southeast Asia; Kumari lives and works in Singapore and her practice encompasses inter-disciplinary genres, painting, sculpture and installations. Trained in interior design in Willesdon College of Technology in London UK in the mid-1970s, she pursued a successful interior design career before studying fine art at the LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, securing a Masters of Fine Art from the RMIT University, Melbourne.

Kumari is celebrated for her iconic sculptures in landmark locations in Singapore including Saga for Changi Airport, Nutmeg & Mace for the ION Orchard, Pedas-Pedas for the National Museum and Pembungaan for OUE Bayfront (the largest bronze mural in Singapore at over 45m) and other sculptures for corporate developments.  Her sculptures have graced sites overseas including the G Tower in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), the J.Y. Campos Centre in Manila (the Philippines), and the Chengdu International Finance Square (China) in 2014.

Kumari was invited to show at the Museum der Kulturen in Basel in [2007/8] and at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam [2010]. More recently, she has enjoyed critical and popular acclaim for her installation Anahata, a monumental work comprising of 4000kg of saga seeds for the Singapore Biennale 2013. Her works have been exhibited at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo and Singapore Art Museum, Seoul Art Centre in Korea, Museum Rudana in Indonesia as well as in gallery exhibitions in Sweden, Germany, London, Italy, New York, Australia, Hong Kong and China. As an acclaimed artist, her works have also been collected by Singapore Art Museum, Art Bank, Ken Tyler Collection, New York, Rudana Museum in Bali, Ritz-Carlton, Singapore, Rolex, Thailand, Changi Airport, Singapore High Commission, Japan and Thailand and various other important public and private collections across the world.

This showcase is not open to the public. Please contact us at 6339 0678 or enquiry@ipreciation.com to arrange for a private viewing appointment

Oh Chai Hoo 胡财和: Lifetime of Change《物换星移》

 

 

iPreciation is pleased to present Singaporean artist Oh Chai Hoo’s solo exhibition from 1st July 2016 to 16th July 2016. This exhibition will feature the artist’s most recent series of ink paintings inspired by rock structures, ceramic seal carvings, as well as his experimental ceramic sculpture work on rock forms (akin to the classical scholarly tradition).

Entitled “Lifetime of Change《物换星移》”, the exhibition entails the artist’s fondness for nature, in particular the natural formation of rock structures. As he is inspired by the natural accumulation of sediments in the formation of rocks over time, his rocks highlight the beauty of the imperfections of rock forms. In the artist’s own words, he asserts that “我的石头都有说话的。(All my rocks speak for themselves.)” Each of his works tells its own story.

Oh Chai Hoo (b. 1960) is a local artist who works extensively with various medium. He started his artistic creations at the age of 14, and holding his first group exhibition at 15 with respected artists like Chen Wen Hsi and others. His mastery of the brush is as admired as his fearless experimentation with the medium. The works in this exhibition will feature his unique use of self-ground pigments on rice paper. With his constant development of new techniques for ink on paper, he pushes the boundaries of the art form’s rich heritage to create works that are powerful fusions of Eastern and Western traditions of fine art. This exhibition will witness yet another leap in the bold aesthetics of his ink work, as seen in the truly maturing, confidently-executed works as he enters this phase of his artistic practice.

Oh graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore in 1982 and is a full time artist who is actively involved in the local arts scene. He is a member of various arts groups including the Singapore Sculpture Society and Nanyang Clay Group, and has had various solo and group exhibitions. He has exhibited in Singapore, Taiwan, China, U.K., Korea and Japan, and has won prestigious awards including the Highly Commendable Award for Abstract Medium in the 18th UOB Painting Competition, Singapore.


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March – April 2016 Gallery Exhibits

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Greetings from iPreciation! This March, while focusing on our upcoming exposition at Art Basel Hong Kong, we are continuing to represent our local artists in the gallery. Works exhibited by our local artists include Milenko Prvacki, Luke Heng and Tay Bak Chiang.

Also on display are Cheung Yee’s paper mache paintings and early works by Indonesian artists Edo Pop and Budi Ubrux. At the far end of the gallery, we are showcasing black and white photographs by Gao Xingjian, these were taken from his second film “Apres Le Deluge” (After the Flood), a 28min long film that will be shown in the FIlm section at Art Basel Hong Kong 2016.

At the window display and inner galleries, we are exhibiting rarely seen stainless steel Living World Series sculptures by Ju Ming, which are also a part of current ENVISION: Sculptures @ the Garden City in the heart of Singapore’s civic district.

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“Trail of Heart” a solo exhibition by Jin Jie

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Trail of Heart – A solo exhibition of recent oil paintings by Jin Jie

Exhibition period: 22nd April – 7th May 2016

iPreciation is pleased to debut a solo exhibition of recent oil paintings titled “Trail of Heart” by Chinese contemporary painter Jin Jie at the gallery. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition outside of China.

Jin Jie 金捷 was born in 1965 in Jiangsu province, China, he graduated from Oil painting studies in Nanjing University of Arts in 1991, and went on to achieve an M.A. in Western Arts and Lecture in 1997. In 2008, he obtained a Ph.D in Fine Art from his alma mater Nanjing University of Arts in Jiangsu province.  In this exhibition, we are presenting his oil paintings from 2011 – 2016.

 


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Gao Xingjian at Art New York 2016

 

iPreciation is pleased to announce that the gallery will be taking part for the first time at Art Miami New York, Pier 94 in early May 2016.

We will be presenting a solo exhibition of Gao Xingjian’s early and recent ink paintings. Please click here for more information.

Gao Xing Jian (b. 1940, China/France) is an important leading cultural figure who is not only a painter but an accomplished and internationally recognised writer, playwright, director, painter and photographer who is the first Chinese to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000.

Art Miami New York 2016 is presented by the ownership team of Art Miami which debut last year at Pier 94 in early May 2015. This upcoming fair is the 2nd edition of Art Miami New York, happening in the same week alongside other important art events such as the Spring auctions and Frieze Week.


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ENVISION 16 Jan – 23 Apr 2016

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Announcement 04 April 2016: The exhibition will be extended till 23 April 2016

Download Press Release at:  Envision Press Release_5th Jan,  Annex A_ENVISION_List of Artists and Artworks_7thJanv2

Weekly guided tours every Sat at 5pm till 9th Apr. Sign-up for tours at:  http://tinyurl.com/jxjmeo3

Public Talk – The first talk about was held on 22nd Jan, click here for more details.

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iPreciation is proud to present ENVISION: Sculptures @ the Garden City –  a new platform to exhibit a group exhibition of monumental sculptures by Singapore and internationally renowned Asian artists. For the inaugural exhibition in 2016, ENVISION will present 13 sets of works by 11 artists namely Baet Yeok Kuan (b. 1961, Singapore), Chen Sai Hua Kuan (b. 1976, Singapore), Gu Wenda (b. 1955, China/USA), Ju Ming (b. 1938, Taiwan), Kumari Nahappan (b. 1953, Singapore), Lim Soo Ngee (b. 1962, Singapore), Shen Lieyi (b. 1969, China), Sri Astari Rasjid (b. 1953, Indonesia), Yuyu Yang (b. 1926 – d. 1997, Taiwan), Zhan Wang (b. 1962, China) and Zhang Huan (b. 1965, China) from China, Indonesia, Singapore and Taiwan,

ENVISION is part of iPreciation’s mission to promote, exhibit and integrate  public art in Asia; our recent project in Singapore was Ju Ming’s monumental Taichi Series held at Singapore Botanic Gardens from Jan – May 2015. In 2016, ENVISION will take place in key urban and cultural zones in the heart of the city, the exhibition trail starts from Arts House, Asian Civilisations Museum, Empress Place, The Fullerton Hotel, Clifford Square, The Fullerton Bay Hotel  and along the Marina Bay Boulevard (near City Gallery).

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ENVISION is the international debut platform for Gu Wenda‘s Tian Xiang (above), an important work that took him more than 20 years to conceptualise. Tian Xiang is an installation of 24 ‘ru’ stones in different shapes and sizes, weighing from 500 – 8000KG. These huge pieces of natural stones come from the sea bed, billions of year old lime stone corroded by the sea water. Each stone is inscribed with a simplified stroke of a Chinese calligraphic character that reinforces Chinese solar terms. Inspired by philosophical theories and stories of our celestial universe, Gu sets out to bring man and nature closer. Creating this ‘stone forest’ in the heart of Singapore’s civic district, one has the opportunity to experience, immerse and get up close with these significant relics and artefacts; a product of nature’s powerful forces. Image caption below: Tian Xiang, 2014, Stone and ink (24 individual stones).

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Ju Ming‘s bronze and stainless steel sculptures from the Living World Series, (1999-2011) aims to capture everyday scenes of people coming together, playing and going about their daily lives. Ju Ming says “The language and essence of the sculptures are drawn and inspired by crowds that I see, people in the market, people queuing as well as those standing, sitting or walking around. They are constantly happening and constantly ending, which is why the works are named as the Living World. This is the issue and spirit I want to interpret.”

     

    

    

      

Baet Yeok Kuan created an assemblage of abstract geometric forms welded together, perfecetly balanced in mid air supported by a singular base. The sheer scale and rich textural qualities lends gravitas to the work, powerful, striking and beautiful at the same time. Image Caption below: O What a Flower, 2015, Colten steel

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Kumari Nahappan has been collecting saga seeds since she was a child, using them as a reference in her work. Saga seeds are commonly found across Southeast Asia, sometimes they are called “love seeds” because of their vivid red colour and round heart-like shape. By arranging the works in clusters, Kumari aspires to harness their collective energy and transmit positivity and joy to the viewer. Image Caption below: Road to Fifty, 2015, Painted fiber glass (50 editions)

    

Lim Soo Ngee‘s local Myna birds are identified by their brown body and yellow patch behind the eyes. The artist was inspired to make this work when he discovered that the dominant species of migrant Javan Myna birds has led to the demise and near extinction of the local species. This work raises awareness on man’s relationship with the environment to highlight how migratory patterns or external factors can leave an indelible impact on the local population. Image Caption belowLocal Mynas, 2015, Bronze and paint (set of 3)

     

Chen Sai Hua Kuan created an interactive sound sculpture that encourages participation and contemplation from the audience. Many city-dwellers have become too busy to listen, this playful work was conceptualised by the artist to create a conducive space to inspire an act of listening. The shape of the structure appears to be unusual, where the curved lines and organic form creates a sense of curiousity for the viewer, inviting one to come up close to interact with it. This sculpture premiered on the steps of the Grand Palais in Paris in March 2015, and was featured in the International New York Times. Image Caption below: Ling Ting 2, 2015, Steel with paint

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Zhan Wang‘s most celebrated work to date is this series of “artificial rocks” – stainless steel replicas of rocks and boulders. The beaten and irregular surface of this monumental rock is a site of abstraction, pulling the viewer and the surrounding environment into a distorted reality. The undulating surface and choice of material questions the authenticity of thee work, whether it’s man-made or natural occurring. Image caption below:Artificial Rock No.133, 2007, Stainless steel (4 editions) 

   

Shen Lieyi shares that “Man, universe, sky, water, natural forms, all our cultural emotions and existential experiences stem from nature. I think it is my duty as a sculptor to transform the invisible emotions into visible imageries, which are not merely shadows of the thoughts.” In traditional Chinese culture, water is symbolic of the yin factor and stone is symbolic of the yang factor. The surfaces of these sculptures look as if rain drops are falling with ripples frozen in time; these lines are permanently etched on the black granite stones. The juxtaposition of hardness and softness creates a strong visual impact, echoing the laws of nature and emphasizes man’s relationship with Heaven and Earth. Image Caption Below: Rain, 2001, Black granite stone (set of 3)

   

Zhang Huan‘s work features two pandas names “Hehe” and “Xiexie”, where in Chinese it means harmony. The pandas embody ideals of righteousness, perseverance, optimism and generosity, to extol the virtues of peace and harmony amongst mankind. Made of stainless steel, these works were first exhibited at the Shanghai World Expo in 2013. The artist is deeply influenced by Buddhist philosophy, and this work encourages one and all to be at peace with oneself and contribute towards a more harmonious society. Image Caption below: Hehe Xiexie (set of 2), 2010, Stainless steel (15 editions)

    

Throughout his life, Yuyu Yang sought to create works that shared his love for nature and embodied the ideals of peace and harmony between man and nation. He is considered to be a pioneering Asian artist who worked primarily in stainless steel since the 1960s, where the smooth flawless quality of these mirror-like surfaces lends favourably to the sculptures to sit well within the environment. The balance of the natural world and his sculptures had become a central theme or philosophy in his life’s work. Image caption below: Mirror of the Soul, Stainless steel, 1971 (9 editions)

    

For the past 30 years, Sri Astari Rasjid has been creating work that deals with Javanese cultural issues within a modern cultural framework. An important part of her oeuvre has been the detrimental impact of traditional concepts on women’s lives, visualized amongst others, through the kebaya the traditional blouse for women, and its related accessories. In retrospect, the kebaya was initially viewed as repressive to women, but over the course of time this perspective has changed into one of protection of the inner being. Today, it is transcending the issue of gender, as evident in this work, where the butterfly featured prominently on the sculpture as a brooch is a metaphor for change. Image caption below: Armor for Change, 2015, Aluminum (5 editions)

      

“ENVISION: Sculptures @ The Garden City” is part of Singapore Art Week (16 – 24 January 2016). An initiative by the National Arts Council, in partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board and Singapore Economic Development Board, Singapore Art Week reinforces Singapore’s position as Asia’s leading arts destination. It is a nine-day celebration of the visual arts, offering a myriad of quality art experiences, from art fairs,  gallery openings, exhibitions, lifestyle events and public art walks, to enriching discussions on art and culture. www.artweek.sg

Tay Bak Chiang at Art Basel Hong Kong 2016

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After a successful solo exhibition at iPreciation in 2014,  Tay Bak Chiang (b. 1973, Malaysia/Singapore) continues to push boundaries and contemporize the genre of Chinese painting through the use of acrylic and pigments on canvas.

In this body of new paintings, Tay’s progressive attempts have borne fruit; experimenting with mineral-rich tones that range from brilliant blues to opalescent greens and shimmering yellows. In this exhibition we observe an extension of the rock series and his foray portraying the ancient Chinese instrument guqin as a new exploratory subject matter.

The inspiration behind his stone paintings stem from his walks in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve in Singapore some years back. He was inspired by the hulking forms in nature, though inanimate, they appeared full of life and personality. To achieve three dimensionality and character for the stones, Tay manipulates colour and shades to achieve subtle gradations and ink-like translucency using acrylic paint, a technique forged and refined by the artist since his encounter in the nature reserve.

In this exhibition Tay also explores the depiction of one of China’s oldest stringed instrument; the guqin a seven-stringed zither, viewed as a symbol of Chinese high culture and the most expressive of the essence of Chinese music. In Chinese, “gu” means ancient and “qin” means musical instrument. Symbology characterizes this instrument, for example, it measures 3’6.5” (Chinese feet and inches) to symbolize 365 days of the year; the upper surface is rounded representing the sky and the bottom is flat representing the earth. The first 5 strings represent the elements: Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth. The 6th string is sorrowful and the 7th string represents strength. The thirteen mother-of-pearl inlays along the outer edge represents the 13 months of the lunar year. The guqin has been frequently referred to as the preferred instrument of the sages and literati. In imperial China’s past, monks, scholars and ladies of the elite society were supposed to master the four traditional arts, and one of them is qin, for the purposes of enriching the heart and elevating the human spirit.

Tay’s minimalist compositions are not about representing minimalistic images or technical skills, but to evoke a sense of poetry and inner emotion, a nod to the values of Chinese literati painting rendered with a contemporary sensibility. Before the works are exhibited in Art Basel Hong Kong in March 2016, the paintings were previewed at iPreciation.

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Lee Wen: Songs Unsung

 

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Songs Unsung – A solo exhibition by Lee Wen

Exhibition period: 28th October – 21st November 2015


iPRECIATION is pleased to present a second solo exhibition of Singapore’s foremost multidisciplinary artist Lee Wen from 28th October – 21st November 2015. Following on from his successful inaugural solo exhibition at Art Basel Hong Kong 2014, “Songs Unsung” is a selection of works and ideas that reveal the hidden, intimate and lesser exposed productions of the artist’s wide ranging repertoire. These works reflect the processes related to his famous performances or installations and ephemeral works within the post-modern and currency of contemporary art trends.

This exhibition will showcase works from 1990 – 2015 that includes drawings, paintings and limited edition fine art photography taken from Lee’s performances in Kyoto (1995) and Chicago (2013). In this exhibition, there are two early paintings titled “Crucifixion” and “Hard Rain” where Lee’s performative gestures are rendered through the act of painting that is expressive and fraught with personal commentaries. The paintings were executed in thick quick brushstrokes, as a means of communication and exercise in manifesting the metaphysical.

“Songs Unsung” reveals works and ideas that have been hidden in the recesses of the artist’s mind and unexposed to the world, but now have been taken forward for sharing by the artist. These works were curated in a deliberate attempt to break against the grain of curatorial trends, the performances were born out of personal experiences which touched upon his humanity and this presentation is a humble desire to share and reach out with open sincerity based on inner reflection as well as external explorations of social repercussions. With this understanding of Lee’s artistic practice and beliefs, these simple but strong ideas are testament to Lee’s standing in the history of Singapore’s art development and a true pioneer of contemporary and performance art in Singapore.

 


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iPreciation at Art Silicon Valley 2015

From 8 – 11  Oct, the gallery will be taking part in the 2nd edition of Art Silicon Valley, a new art fair centrally located between Silicon Valley and San Francisco. This year, the boutique event will showcase modern and contemporary art from fifty international galleries. iPreciation will be featuring works by Ju Ming, Gao Xingjian, Milenko Prvacki, Tay Bak Chiang and Wee Kheng-li. www.artsvfair.comLogo

Portable Art Week

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Exhibition period: 2nd – 10th October 2015


 

iPRECIATION will be presenting a unique group show of small portable collectible fine art from 2 – 10 October 2015. This exhibition will showcase carefully selected works from 17 artists, featuring April Ng, Boo Sze Yang, Chen Sai Hua Kuan, Chiew Sien Kuan, Delia Prvacki, Hong Zhu An, Jeremy Sharma, Lee Wen, Leo Liu, Lim Soo Ngee, Michael Lee, Milenko Prvacki, Tay Bak Chiang, Terence Tan, Wang Ruobing, Warren Khong and Wee Kheng-Li.

Boo Sze Yang: 29.03.15

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29.03.15 – A solo exhibition by Boo Sze Yang

Exhibition period: 31st July – 22nd August 2015

Launch of monograph: Saturday, 15th August 2015, 2.30 pm


 

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iPreciation is pleased to stage a solo exhibition “29.03.15” of Singapore artist Boo Sze Yang from 31st July – 22nd August 2015. This exhibition will feature the artist’s latest series of paintings which pay tribute to the day of the passing of Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew.

Entitled “29.03.15”, this exhibition distills the emotional tone of that fateful day that has become significant in Singapore’s history. Boo’s new paintings encapsulate time as a symbolic element which opens up readings into various situations which have occurred during this gloomy day. The mood in the paintings is quiet and sombre, people’s gestures and facial expressions reveal the nation’s profound, yet indescribable sense of loss and sadness. While the nation discusses the commemoration of LKY, the artist chooses instead to focus on the people of Singapore – “the ordinary, anonymous Singaporeans who did the extraordinary”. The presence of the commune that was formed and unified on this day spoke much more than it could be captured by the media, and these paintings offer a closer view on the psychological, dramatic and solemn effect on the people of Singapore. Without any direct visual references to LKY, the works inevitably capture a sense of his presence and his standing in people’s hearts via the impact and memory of his passing.

Boo is known for dealing with unconventional subject matter, from everyday domestic objects, crash-scenes, to the derelict interiors of cathedrals and glittering vast spaces of shopping malls. In his characteristic style, he paints the subject as means to unravel a metaphor for the human condition. His playfulness with brushwork, turpentine washes, scarping and adding of paint onto the primed canvas is what makes his paintings so compelling. In addition, Boo’s method of mixing of colours directly on the canvas and control over grey tones shows mastery of over twenty years of practice. The surfaces of the new paintings are thin, alike watercolours. With “29.03.15”, figures are submerged with space surrounding them, and fast paced marks culminate to form a scene as recollected from the photographs and memory.

Part of the exhibition programme includes the launch of the artist’s first monograph on the 15th August at 2.30 pm, offering a mini-retrospective of the artist’s works and development over the last twenty years, including the exhibition of significant older works to complement the new series of works, thereby continuing the dialogue and journey of the artist. This exhibition will coincide with Singapore’s National Day (Aug 9), a suitable time for contemplation, discussion and appreciation in this significant SG50 year of our nationhood. As Boo himself turns fifty this year, he reflects on the developments of our young nation and at the same time questions the future.

About the artist

Boo Sze Yang (b.1965 Singapore) graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in 1991; completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art at the University of Reading, UK in 1995 and received his Master in Arts Degree from Chelsea College of Art & Design, the University of the Arts London in 2004. He has exhibited in international solo and group exhibitions since 1999. His recent solo exhibitions include, “The Father,” iPreciation, Singapore (2014); “Boo Sze Yang: AIR,” Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan (2012); “Sanctuary,” Art at St Francis, Melbourne, Australia (2012); “The New Cathedral,” Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Galleries, Singapore (2012); and recent group exhibition participations include, “The Realm in the Mirror, the Vision Out of Image,” an Exhibition of Singapore Contemporary Art, Suzhou Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou, China (2013); “The 2012-13 Sovereign Asian Art Prize,” Hong Kong (2013); “The 26th Asian International Art Exhibition (AIAE),” Hangaram Art Museum, South Korea (2011); “Exchange China-Singapore Art Showcase,” Yingu Art Mansion, Beijing, China (2010).

He is a recipient for the Asian Artist Fellowship Award 2010/2011 sponsored by Freeman Foundation for residency at the Vermont Studio Center in USA. In 2003, he was awarded the Juror’s Choice for the Philip Morris Singapore-ASEAN Art Award and in 2009, the Platinum Award, UOB Painting of the Year Competition. His works are in the collections of the Singapore Art Museum, the Singapore Istana Art Collection, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore, United Overseas Bank, Simmons & Simmons Contemporary Art Collection, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and Yingu Art Mansion in Beijing.


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Press links

Intersection website: http://intersection.sg/profile/boo-sze-yang/

SEA Blouin Artinfo: http://sea.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/1199813/boo-sze-yang-paints-mourning-of-lee-kuan-yew

Business Times: http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/lifestyle/arts-entertainment/evoking-the-mood-of-a-nation

Straits Times: http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/arts/art-for-sg50

 

July Gallery Exhibits

From left to right: Alfi Jumaldi and Doris Wong

From left to right: Alfi Jumaldi and Doris Wong

Greetings from iPreciation! This July we are excited in preparing for our upcoming solo exhibition by Boo Sze Yang titled “29.03.15″. Meanwhile, we are continuing to represent our local and international artists in this months display with works by Tay Bak Chiang, Jin Jie, Doris Wong, Alfi Jumaldi, Milenko Prvacki, Boo Sze Yang,Tse Yim On and Ju Ming.

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June Gallery Exhibits

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(from left to right) Tse Yim On, Capture Aoi Sora, Survival Game, Jubilant, 2014, Acrylic on canvas

Greetings from iPreciation! This June, while focusing on our upcoming solo exhibition by Boo Sze Yang titled “29.03.15″, we are continuing to represent our local and international artists in this months display with new works by Tay Bak Chiang and Tse Yim On. Works exhibited by our artists: Lee Wen, Milenko Prvacki, Tay Bak Chiang, Tse Yim On, Boo Sze Yang and Ju Ming, as well as Indonesian artists Alfi Jumaldi, Nasirun, Samsul Arifin and Budi Ubrux.

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Milenko Prvački: E La Nave Va (And the Ship Sails On)

E La Nave Va, 2015, 110 x 200 cm, Acrylic on linen

E La Nave Va, 2015, 110 x 200 cm, Acrylic on linen

E La Nave Va (And the Ship Sails On)  – A solo exhibition by Milenko Prvački

Exhibition period: 15th May – 6th June 2015


iPreciation is pleased to stage a solo exhibition “E La Nave Va” (And the Ship Sails On) of Singapore artist Milenko Prvački from 15th May – 6th June 2015. Championing Singapore contemporary artists, iPreciation is proud to present a new body of paintings by Prvački, as well as the artist’s recent developments and new conceptual concerns which began in the artist’s residency participation for three consecutive years (2013-2015) in Santa Monica, California.

Milenko Prvački is one of the foremost contemporary painters working with abstraction in Asia, fleeing from his country Yugoslavia in 1991, and finding new home in the tropical island of Singapore. Today, his iconoclastic style is a result of a forty-over year experience in making art, exhibiting in major art institutions world-wide and being an art-educator and Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at Lasalle College of The Arts. Prvački’s paintings reflect the liveliness of his thoughts and life events, achieving great formal balance by means of his mastery in instrumentation with paint and materials and compositions which resemble the tempo of jazz music.

Indirectly interested in the events of Frederico Fellini’s 1983 film under the same title, Prvački’s recent ouvre has been preoccupied with ideas behind a “journey”, be it the excitement for departure, fulfillment of arrival or merely a creative one happening in the artist’s studio. His paintings often develop a more metaphysical relationship to the idea of journey, as a ship full of passengers sailing on the endless ocean. Ever since departing from a major solo exhibition in 2012 “Milenko Prvački: A Survey, 1979-2012” at Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore, Prvački has been on a continuous journey, travelling across continents, one of which is the consecutive travel to the artist’s residency in Santa Monica, California.

The works in “E La Nave Va” are based on visual models that emerged from Prvački’s “storage” (as he likes to call it), developed during the residency period. Some of the models being: unsent letters, tables and sailing ships. At a glance these models seem unrelated, as is the case with numerous other symbols and signs found in Prvački’s paintings which have always been about connecting and disconnecting at various frequencies. His new paintings pose a simple question: “How can a painting communicate an idea?” There are tangents of these ideas present in each work, initiated with the “Unsent Letters” in 2013, a series which examine the dichotomy of communication using technology against a more traditional depiction of the written world, exploring the personal, unseen and unspoken. Each visit to the residency informed the works with new imagery, such as the recurring table-like form which the artist has been using as a device to further communicate his ideas about what painting is, structurally, but also as an object which is often neglected as dysfunctional to conversations and events that happen at the table.

Prvački’s paintings open up a space for slow contemplation and intrapersonal dialogue between the painting and its viewer. As Prof. Tony Godfrey states in the essay for the catalogue “We go to, we sit at a table, we pause and look down upon it. This action of go to, sit down, pause, look down and meditate is a good equivalent of how we should experience these recent paintings.” Regardless the motif, Prvački’s works serve as mental spaces where one deciphers words from forms, lines from materials, colors from objects, but never fully collect all its fragments that endlessly sail in liminal spaces, this being the substance of Prvački’s artistic ouvre for over forty years now.

This exhibition will also launch a catalogue featuring Prvački’s works from 2013 to 2015. The catalogue will include an incisive essay and review of Prvački’s recent works entitled “Learning to float, Or meditating on the table” by art historian, writer and curator Prof. Tony Godfrey.

 About the artist

Born 1951 in Yugoslavia and graduating with a Master of Fine Arts (Painting) from the Institute of Fine Arts in Bucharest, Romania, Milenko Prvački is one of Singapore’s foremost contemporary artists and art educators. Prvački served as Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts for seventeen years at Singapore’s Lasalle College of the Arts. He currently holds the position of Senior Fellow at the institution. Recognized as a major artist in the region, Prvacki has exhibited extensively in Europe since 1971, and in Singapore and the region since 1993. He has held numerous solo exhibitions, including the recent retrospective Milenko Prvački: A Survey, 1979-2012, at the Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore, 2012. In the same year, Prvacki was honoured with the prestigious Cultural Medallion by the National Arts Council for his contributions in enriching Singapore’s visual art scene. He has also received the Silver Medallion for Knights in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Embassy in Singapore, 2011.

Collections

Milenko Prvački’s works are widely collected by institutions and private collectors worldwide. Permanent collections include: National Museum, Belgrade, Serbia; Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia; Museum of Contemporary Drawing, Nurnberg, Germany; Singapore Art Museum, Singapore; National Gallery, Singapore; UOB Bank, Singapore; National Library, Singapore; NUS Museum, Singapore; SMU, Singapore and Gallery of New South Wells, Sydney, Australia


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April Gallery Exhibits

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Greetings from iPreciation! This April, while focusing on our upcoming solo exhibition by Milenko Prvacki titled “E La Nave Va (And the Ship Sails On)”, we are continuing to represent our local and Indonesian artists in this months display. Works exhibited by our local artists: Wee Kheng-Li, Jeremy Sharma, Lee Wen, Milenko Prvacki, Tay Bak Chiang and Michael Lee, as well as Indonesian artists Alfi Jumaldi, Nasirun, Samsul Arifin and Budi Ubrux.

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March Gallery Exhibits

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Greetings from iPreciation! This March, while focusing on our upcoming exposition at Art Paris Art Fair, we are continuing to represent our local artists in this months display. Works exhibited by our local artists: Chris Yap, Wee Kheng-Li, Jeremy Sharma, Lee Wen, Milenko Prvacki and Tay Bak Chiang. Also on display, ink paintings by Gao Xing Jian, paintings by Ye Jian Qing and Taichi Series by Ju Ming, which are a part of current Ju Ming Taichi Series, Monumental Outdoor Exhibition at Singapore Botanic Gardens.

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iPreciation at Art Paris Art Fair 2015

Chen Sai Hua Kuan, Ling Ting 2 installation at the Grand Palais, Paris.

Chen Sai Hua Kuan, Ling Ting 2 installation at the Grand Palais, Paris.

iPRECIATION is pleased to announce its participation in the 2015 edition of Art Paris Art Fair.

Exhibition period: 26–29 March 2015

Vernissage (by invitation only): 25th March, 6–10pm

Venue: Grand Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris

Opening Hours:
Thursday 26 March, 11:30am–8pm
Friday 27 March, 11:30am–10pm
Saturday 28 March, 11:30am–8pm
Sunday 29 March, 11:30am–7pm

Art Paris Art Fair: Singapore and Southeast Asia Guests of Honour

This year’s edition of Art Paris Art Fair places Singapore and Southeast Asia on the guests-of-honour platform, aiming to showcase the best art pieces from this region. Beyond its commercial platform, Art Paris Art Fair is dedicated to presenting and promoting art scenes of the east. In the past two years, Art Paris Art Fair introduced some of the best global contemporary art from Russia and China art to the Parisian and European audiences through its curated platforms. This year the focus will be on Singapore and Southeast Asian art. This is in conjunction with Singapore’s 50th birthday, where cultural programmes have been lined up in France for the Year of Singapore to celebrate 50 years of independence of the city-state.

Monumental Singapore Art Commission for the Entrance Steps of Grand Palais, Paris

One of these is a curated project under the aegis of Art Paris Art Fair: a monumental Singapore art commission for the Entrance Steps of the Grand Palais. Appointed curator Iola Lenzi has selected the interactive installation work of iPreciation’s Singapore artist Chen Sai Hua Kuan (b.1976), whose art piece entitled Ling Ting 2 聆听 (in Hanyu Pinyin, means ‘Listening’) will be the talked-about entrance piece at the Grand Palais.

On the significance of this prestigious space for the art commission, curator Iola Lenzi says, “…The location of the commission, the entrance forecourt of the Paris landmark the Grand Palais, is among the most sought-after and visible public spaces in the French capital…”

Consisting of two colossal speakers, Ling Ting 2 is an interactive sound sculpture that encourages self-discovery. When standing in the middle of the sculpture, the interconnected structure diverts the voice of the viewer to his/her own ears. It offers the viewer a singular experience allowing him/her off-track to think critically about just what it is that makes listening so powerful and so elusive. Our sonic environment is very complex in which sound is produced by nearly every action and movement. The identification of sound is an act of listening. At infinite levels, as John Cage discovered, sound needs special equipment or rooms to be noticed audibly. Ling Ting No.2 is playfully and engagingly conceptualized to create such an infinite space to inspire an act of listening – an intense listening experience that involves the sound of daily life of one’s own thought.

In curator Iola Lenzi’s essay on Chen Sai Hua Kuan’s work, she writes:

 “… Singapore’s Hua Kuan Sai’s grandiose outdoor installation, Ling Ting 2 聆听 (‘Listening’) entices the audience bodily into a poised dialogue with him or herself. Viewers enter Sai’s piece erected at the entrance of the Grand Palais, Ling Ting doing its work to open up new spaces of hearing and contemplation. The interactive installation‘s visual appeal, with its sensually organic volutes like seashells clasped to the ear, draws the public in. The work produces a serene, enduring participative experience beyond the visual as it enlists sound, time, and space as well. This form of artistic construction, co-opting all the senses as well as audience and public space, is common to many artists of the region…..”

The National Arts Council and National Heritage Board support this project and the artist who will be presenting his work in Paris this March.

iPreciation’s Exhibition Booth Presentation

 In view of the sophisticated French audience and European collectors, iPreciation aims to present the best of our key contemporary Singapore artists who occupy a significant place in Singapore’s contemporary art scene and history. The works in the show will feature pioneer contemporary artist Tang Dawu’s ink works; Cultural Medallion recipients Milenko Prvacki’s large abstract paintings and Lee Wen’s provocative performance photographs; new paintings of well-collected local artists Boo Sze Yang and Tay Bak Chiang; and conceptually-driven photography works by Wee Kheng-Li, Wang Ruobing and Chen Sai Hua Kuan. Apart from presenting the works of Singapore artists, iPreciation will also feature Hong Kong artist Tse Yim On’s playful pop-art pieces and Taiwanese sculptor Ju Ming’s Taichi Series and Living World Series (whose work has been an inspiration to some of our artists). With the increased interest of International crowds and collectors in Southeast Asian contemporary art, this show will represent the great talents and energies that circulate our region.

Preview of artworks

Ju Ming (b.1938 Taiwan)

Tang Da Wu (b.1943 Singapore)

Milenko Prvacki (b.1951 Yugoslavia)

Lee Wen (b.1957 Singapore)

Boo Sze Yang (b.1965 Singapore)

Wee Kheng-Li (b.1971 Singapore)

Tay Bak Chiang (b.1973 Singapore)

Tse Yim On (b.1974 Hong Kong)

Wang Ruobing (b.1975 China)

Chen Sai Hua Kuan (b.1976 Singapore)

Installation views of Ling Ting 2

Description: Ling Ting 2, 2015, 500 x 300 x 450 cm, Steel and enamel paint

Gallery Booth installation views


About Art Paris Art Fair

Art Paris Art Fair is the springtime event for modern, contemporary art and design. It is dedicated to the promotion and discovery of the art scenes of the East. Art Paris Art Fair is an invitation to experience a new geography of the art world that passes through Moscow, Sarajevo, Beijing, Singapore… The fair brings together 140 international galleries from 20 countries in Paris, presenting a wide panaroma of modern and contemporary art including photography, design and art publishing. The fair is housed in one of Paris‘ grandest and most famous public buildings, the Grand Palais, constructed as a marker of French 19th century cultural and imperial power. Today the Grand Palais is home to public art and cultural expositions of the highest calibre. This event is under the patronage of the President of the French Republic, Monsieur Francois Hollande and the Minister of Culture and Communication, Madame Fleur Pellerin.

For more information of the fair please visit the official website: http://artparis.fr/en

February Gallery Exhibits

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Lunar New Year greetings from iPreciation! This February, we are displaying exclusive and auspicious artworks to reflect this festive season. Works exhibited by well-established artists from the region such as: Milenko Prvacki, Au Ka Wai, Tay Bak Chiang, Ye Jian Qing, Tse Yim On, Budi Ubrux, Samsul Ariffin, Irene Chou, as well as the monumental Taichi red pair by Ju Ming. Drop in to view the artworks on display.

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Ju Ming Taichi Series, Monumental Outdoor Exhibition at Singapore Botanic Gardens

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Taichi Series-Single Whip, 1994, Bronze, 206 x 290 x 147cm

Exhibition date: 17 January 2015 – 31 May 2015 (extended)

This monumental outdoor exhibition will feature 15 of Ju Ming’s bronze Taichi masterpieces, set within the beautiful lush green and historic landscaped gardens of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Ju’s monumental Taichi Series have previously been exhibited in the international cities of Paris, Berlin, and in the United Kingdom.

Since the 20th Century, the main thrust of development in Asian contemporary sculpture lay in the new interpretation of forms that interconnect modern civilization and its traditional culture. Ju Ming’s sculpture has its roots in the Chinese tradition and seeks to marry the traditional spirit of Chinese traditional painting and calligraphy with his distinct precise and poetic forms.

In his Taichi series, the concrete images of its human subjects exist in purely abstract blocks and volumes. Displayed outdoor, these sculptures work beautifully into their surroundings, creating an interaction with nature and pleasant engagement for audiences making this collaboration with the mature landscapes of the Singapore Botanic Gardens an ideal arrangement.

Exhibition Extended: We are pleased to announce that Ju Ming Taichi Series Monumental Outdoor Exhibition at Singapore Botanic Gardens is extended till 31st May 2015, due to the warm support both locally and overseas, for visitors who are unable to travel to Singapore before 16th April to view the exhibition.

Map and Directions

Note: Nearest entrance for those parking please use the Cluny Park Gate. Public and MRT Transport visitors please use the Bukit Timah Gate (alternatively Melati Gate or Cluny Park Gate).

Installation Views:

 

Press:

Ju Ming Taichi Series @ Singapore Botanic Gardens in Straits Times, 15 Jan 2015

 

 

Group Photography Exhibition: 当下 NOW

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Exhibition date: Saturday 10 Jan 2015 (opens to public at 1 pm) – 31 Jan 2015

Participating Artists: Chris Yap (b. 1969 Singapore), Wee Kheng-Li (b. 1971 Singapore), Wang Ruobing (b.1975 Chengdu, China) and Sai Hua Kuan (b.1976 Singapore).

Artist Dialogue session with Milenko Prvacki: 17th January 2015, at 11:30 a.m


In January 2015, iPreciation will start the new year with a group photography exhibition, presenting the works of four Singaporean artists – Chris Yap (b.1969), Wee Kheng-Li (b.1971), Wang Ruobing (b.1975) and Sai Hua Kuan (b.1976). This show aims to promote greater awareness and understanding of contemporary fine arts photography practice that currently exists here through Singapore artists who are keen to emphasize the role of visual intelligence, critical thinking / theory, and philosophy in engaging with the world through human eyes. The works will focus on the poetics of space and place, tensions of history and contemporaneity, all captured through scenes of the streets in Asia, from Singapore to Japan to Indonesia to China. Works shown will appear as museum-quality, fine art prints in frames, in traditional ink scroll formats and in latest LED lightbox installation presentations. With very few Southeast Asian artists-photographers who can present artistic ideas and dialogues through well-executed photographic works, this is an exceptional opportunity for visitors and Singaporeans to engage with new perspectives and representations in the bodies of photographic works. This exhibition will be the first of several dialogues within and outside of Singapore that will be an ongoing exploration of the concepts and artistic development of professional artists-photographers-printmakers in Singapore.

Photography mobilize the idea of history, time and space. Through their lenses, these artists have focused the audience on interesting observations of the streets of Singapore and Asia, where each scene becomes an observed anthropological and cultural space. In walking through these spaces with these artists, we walk into a historical moment in time – a unique point in history that has arrived and left, its moment immortalized only on the captured images. This show invites Singaporeans and collectors interested in photography and art to engage with the work. For photographs are not just stories or an end in themselves. They provide evidences of stories – evidences that demand investigation and interpretation, and an invitation to look beyond the aesthetics and techniques of photography, into informed critical observations of our visual history to interpret and understand our society and culture.

 

 Installation Views:

 

Artworks:

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Wee Kheng-Li

Chen Sai Hua Kuan

Wang Ruobing

Press:

Business Times, 9th Jan 2015

Lianhe Zaobao, 13th Jan 2015

 

 

 

December Gallery Exhibits

Seasonal greetings from iPreciation! This December, we are displaying exclusive, not-seen-before, smaller sized works by our artists, perfect if you’re looking for a special gift or to embellish your home. The works on display capture a varied range of styles and subjects. Works are from well-established artists from the region such as: Milenko Prvacki (Yugoslavia, 1951), Lee Wen (Singapore, 1957), Budi Ubrux (Indonesia, 1968), Yunizar (Indonesia, 1971), Ye Jian Qing (China, 1972), Hong Zhu An (China, 1955) and Hiroshi Oohira (Japan, 1961); the new generation of artists such as Michael Lee (Singapore, 1972), Tay Bak Chiang (Singapore, 1973), Au Ka Wai (Hong Kong, 1973), Tse Yim On (Hong Kong, 1974), Riki Antoni (Indonesia, 1977), Jeremy Sharma (Singapore, 1977) and Doris Wong (Hong Kong, 1981); as well as emerging artist Hilmi Johandi (Singapore, 1987). Drop in to view the artworks on display.

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Exhibition period: 7 November 2014 – 29 November 2014

Exhibiting artists: Milenko Prvacki, Lee Wen, Boo Sze Yang, Au Ka Wai, Cheung Yee, Earl Lu, Irene Chou, Hong Zhu An, Michael Lee, Jeremy Sharma, Filip Gudovic, Hiroshi Oohira, Doris Wong Wai Yin, Micahel Chen, Riki Antoni, Shen Liang and Tse Yim On.

 

 

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Tay Bak Chiang: Cleavages Fractures Folds

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Exhibition period: 2nd October – 25th October 2014

Artist Talk: Saturday, 11th October 2014 – 11:30 a.m (Open for Public)

Venue: iPRECIATION (誰先覺) 50 Cuscaden Road HPL House #01-01 Singapore 249724 Tel 65 6339 0678


This October, iPRECIATION is staging Tay Bak Chiang’s solo exhibition titled “Cleavages Fractures Folds.” This is his eighth solo exhibition after previous ones such as Fa Zi Hua Sheng《法自画生》(2003), Between Breaths《呼吸之间》(2010), Ingenuity《天工》(2011), Hear the Wind Sing《且听风吟》(2012), The Breath of A Blade《剑气》(2013) and 《石頭記》The Story of the Stone, where themes of his work have been predominantly inspired by nature.

Cleavages Fractures Folds debuts Tay Bak Chiang’s first-ever complete solo exhibition featuring Chinese ink and pigment works on canvas instead of the traditional rice paper. Merging the historical genre of ink painting on contemporary canvases creates a significant exploration and breakthrough, and Bak Chiang is the first Singapore artist to experiment and successfully present a contemporised style of the traditional 3000-year-old Chinese ink painting through a clever manipulation of ink, pigments, canvases and raw linens. He has developed an innovative technique of using powdered colour pigments to produce distinct texture in traditional Chinese ink painting. This set of works also marks his progressive attempts to move away from representational forms and introduce new perspectives in the portrayal of nature with minimalistic simplicity. Stones, to him, are not lifeless objects, but are bestowed with worldly experiences and personal expressions. This which, he expresses through his unique visual language that is in synch with current contemporary art ideas.

iPRECIATION is proud to collaborate with the artist in this endeavor. Cleavages Fractures Folds is supported in art analysis and essay writing by industry veteran Kwok Kian Chow.  The show reflects the artist’s spirit of consistently reflecting, questioning and experimenting with new ideas within the traditional Chinese painting medium in today’s contemporary art world. It will begin new dialogues in this art genre amongst local artists.

Tay Bak Chiang

A graduate from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore in 1995, Tay Bak Chiang (b. 1973) also studied at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China, in 1997. In 2002, he received the Young Artist Award from the National Arts Council of Singapore. He was awarded the First Prize in the Chinese Painting category in the 19th and 22nd United Overseas Bank Painting of the Year Competitions (2000 and 2003 respectively). He has since been prolific in creating new ideas and works, developing a new visual language, and boldly pushing boundaries of Chinese ink painting from working on rice paper to canvases.

Press Release:

Cleavages Fractures Folds debuts Tay Bak Chiang’s first-ever solo exhibition featuring pigment and acrylic works on canvas. Formerly trained and known for his works in Chinese ink on traditional rice paper, current works show Tay folding the spirit of historical Chinese ink painting over the modern convention of acrylic painting on canvas. This merge indicates a significant breakthrough for the artist, as he consistently reflects, questions and experiments through the synthesis of the tradition and contemporary. The current works activate the painted surface full of distinct textures and representational paradoxes. Not only does Cleavages Fractures Folds provide us with a contemporary perspective on the philosophy behind nature, it also stands for a visual survey of ontological nature – materializing nature as a canvas fold and pigments that surface out of it.

Platter of Plenty聚宝盆, 2014 100x100cm, Pigments and acrylic on canvas  Monolith 独石, 2014, 100x100cm, Pigments and acrylic on canvas  Lunar Arch月如勾, 2014 100x100cm, Pigments and acrylic on canvas  Larderite 田黄, 2014 100x100cm, 2014, Pigments and acrylic on canvas

Scarlet Cloak 红披风, 2014, 140x140cm, Pigments and acrylic on canvas  Armour 战甲, 2014, 140x140cm, Pigments and acrylic on canvas  Double Lines 双钩, 2014, 140x140cm, Pigments and acrylic on canvas  White Tiger 白虎, 2014, 160x140cm, Pigments and acrylic on canvas

Black Warrior 玄武, 2014, 160x140cm, Pigments and acrylic on canvas  Wind Beneath My Wings 相濡以沫, 2014, 140x100cm, Pigments and acrylic on canvas  Celestial 通天, 2014, 180x180cm, Pigments and acrylic on canvas  Azure Dragon 青龙, 2014, 180x180cm, Pigments and acrylic on canvas

One to Three 一挑三, 2014140x200cm, Pigments and acrylic on canvas  Vermilion Bird朱雀, 2014, 140x200cm, Pigments and acrylic on canvas  Blue on White青花, 2014, 150x190cm, Pigments and acrylic on canvas  Innocence 稚气, 2014, 200x140cm, Pigments and acrylic on canvas

Courting 暧昧, 2014, 140x160cm, Pigments and acrylic on canvas  Still Life 清供, 2014, 70x140cm, Pigments and acrylic on canvas  Dragon Orb 龙珠, 2014, 140x140cm, Pigments and acrylic on canvas  Unmasked 藏机, 2014, 140x140cm, Pigments and acrylic on canvas

Leverage 四两拨千斤, 2013, pigment on canvas, 200x200cm  Recluse不知有汉, 2014, 140x140cm, Pigments and acrylic on canvas  Cats Eye猫眼, 2014, 140x140cm, Pigments and acrylic on canvas  Sterling 金不换, 2014, 140x140cm, Pigments and acrylic on canvas

Thin Relief 薄意, 2014, 140x180cm, Pigments and acrylic on canvas  Indulgence 纸醉金迷, 2013, 200X300cm, Pigments on canvas

September Gallery Exhibits

This September, iPreciation is presenting a set of recent works by our local and international artists. We are currently exhibiting works by Wang Ruobing & Chen Sai Hua Kuan, which were recently exhibited at the Singapore National Museum as a part of Singapore Night Festival. Ruobing’s Greenscape (Singapore) assembles the topography of Singapore using thousands of green objects found in our daily life. Greenscape is meant to be conceived as a visual survey, blurring boundaries between ecology and industrialization. The new display also features works by: Tay Bak Chiang, Milenko Prvacki, Lee Wen, Jeremy Sharma, Tang Da Wu, Ye Jian Qing and Ju Ming.

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August Gallery Exhibits

This August, iPreciation is presenting a set of new works by our local and international artists. The new display features a combination of various trajectories in painting, photography and sculpture. Artists on display include: Tay Bak Chiang, Milenko Prvacki, Lee Wen, Boo Sze Yang, Chris Yap, Michael Lee, Ye Jian Qing and Ju Ming

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July Gallery Exhibits

This July, iPRECIATION will be presenting our local artists. The new exhibition display introduces current works by both established and emerging artists to the audience, reflecting their ideas, philosophical thoughts and social inquiries on the contemporary society of Singapore.  Works on display are from Singapore artists Qwek Wee Chew, Lee Wen, Milenko Prvacki, Tay Bak Chiang, Michael Li, Chris Yap, Jeremy Sharma and Hilmi Johandi. We are also featuring the newly exhibited work, Landscape, by Chris Yap, a multi-talented artist and fine art photographer.

Our new display also features the Living World Series by Taiwanese sculptor, Ju Ming. This series reflects the artist’s views on humanity and culture in contemporary society. The series currently exhibited are Painted Wood and Swimming.

 

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Departure: A group exhibition by Milenko Prvacki and his students

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VIP Opening: 30th May 2014

Exhibition period: 31st May – 21st June 2014

Venue: iPRECIATION (誰先覺) 50 Cuscaden Road HPL House #01-01 Singapore 249724 Tel 65 6339 0678

 


iPRECIATION is proud to present a group exhibition featuring the works of Milenko Prvacki and his students. Curated by Milenko who is a Cultural Medallion recipient, educator, artist and painter, Departure will be a visual art exhibition that captures the new generations of young artists whose work represents different tangents of painting practices, concepts and ideas here in Singapore. The works exhibited will range from paintings and drawings to mixed media installations, presenting new perspectives in representation, abstraction, materiality, space and time in painting and other mediums of art works.

Milenko has taught art to many generations of young, emerging Singaporean artists graduating from LaSalle College of the Arts, and his influence has been broad and positive. Participating artists – Jeremy Sharma, Luke Heng, Filip Gudovic and Hilmi Johandi – are some of Milenko’s best students, hand-picked by the master. This exhibition will continue the dialogue of contemporary art practices in Singapore through the departure of Milenko Prvacki’s own practice and the environment created by LaSalle College of the Arts, in order to reach out to a variety of audiences within the Singapore public and to create a larger awareness of present modes of enquiry into painting and installation through these young artists’ works.

Born 1951 in Yugoslavia and graduating with a Master of Fine Arts (Painting) from the Institute of Fine Arts in Bucharest, Romania, Milenko Prvacki is one of Singapore’s foremost contemporary artists and art educator. Prvacki served as Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts for 17 years at Singapore’s LASALLE College of the Arts. He currently holds the position of Senior Fellow at the institution. Recognized as a major artist in the region, Prvacki has exhibited extensively in Europe since 1971, and in Singapore and the region since 1993. He has held numerous solo exhibitions, including the recent retrospective Milenko Prvacki: A Survey, 1979-2012, at the Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore, 2012. In the same year, Prvacki was honoured with the prestigious Cultural Medallion in Singapore.

Jeremy Sharma (b.1977) works primarily as a painter but his body of work encompasses video, photography, drawing and installation. He obtained his Master of Art (Fine Art) at the LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts / Open University, United Kingdom in 2006, and his Bachelor of Art (Fine Art) with High Distinction from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Australia in 2003. Over the past nine years, he has had a number of solo exhibitions in Singapore, which includes Apropos (2012) at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, Variations (2011) at Art Forum Gallery, and The Protection Paintings – Of Sensations and Superscriptions (2008) at Jendela. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Singapore, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Italy, England and the United States. Jeremy currently teaches in the Faculty of Fine Arts at LASALLE College of the Arts.

Hilmi Johandi (b.1987) graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts – Goldsmiths University of London with a Bachelors Degree with First Class Honours in Fine Arts. He has participated in a number of exhibitions in Singapore since 2009. He has showcased at the Young Talent Programme 2013 for the Affordable Art Fair Singapore and was nominated for The Young Talent Programme Winners’ Solo Exhibition for 2013/14. His recent participations include Neo-Folk at Ikkan Gallery, Singapore; Flux – City of Change, a curated exhibition for Strarta Art Fair in Saatchi Gallery, London; Cross Encounters at the Japan Creative Centre Singapore; a juried exhibition Spot Art at the Singapore ARTrium, and a curated exhibition called Interplay at Art Stage Singapore 2013.

Luke Heng (b.1987) graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts (Goldsmiths University of London), with a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honors). A recipient of the LASALLE College of the Arts Scholarship in 2012, Luke has actively participated in group exhibitions in Asia. His most recent exhibitions include Art Stage Singapore 2013, SPOT ART 2013 at the MICA building, Asia Contemporary Art Show Hong Kong 2013, Affordable Art Fair 2012 in Singapore and The LASALLE Show 2012.

Filip Gudovic (b.1992) was born in Belgrade, Serbia. He attended Arhitektonska Tehnicka Skola (School of Architecture) in Belgrade, Serbia, and came to Singapore to study in LASALLE College of the Arts, for his Bachelor in Fine Arts 2009-2012, and Master in Fine Arts 2013-2014, on scholarship awards. Gudovic has actively exhibited his ideas throughout his study years here in Singapore and abroad. He held a solo exhibition Shifting Between Surfaces at TriSpace. ICAs Singapore in 2013. His works has been exhibited at Art Stage Singapore 2014; BELEF 13, Summer Festival Art Exhibition, Belgrade, Serbia; Hong Kong Contemporary Art Fair 2013, Hong Kong; Drawing Out. RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, and Annual Painting Exhibition, Academy of Fine Arts Vladivostok, Russia.

Lee Wen: Ping Pong Go-Round at Encounters, Art Basel Hong Kong 2014

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Private Preview: 14th May 2014

Public Days: 15th May – 18th May 2014

Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

 

iPRECIATION is proud to announce that Lee Wen’s Ping Pong Go-Round will be exhibited at Art Basel Hong Kong 2014’s ‘Encounter’, a curated sector featuring 17 large scale, ambitious installation works.

As a sport, ping pong is said to be almost equal for the women’s game as compared to that of the man’s. A game commonly played in China and Singapore, ping pong requires a minimum of two players, constituting a form of dialogue between the players on opposite sides as the ball bounces back and forth.

In this work, the structure and rules of ping pong are reinvented in the context of contemporary possibilities as the artist seeks alternative models of interaction. By reinventing the shape of a traditional ping pong table to that not unlike a conference table with no borders on its left and right, Lee Wen offers a different perception of its limitations and opens multiple possibilities for broader dialogue. As opposed to traditional, rectangular-shaped ping pong tables, Ping Pong Go-Round is at once a multi-player game and a dialogue between numerous people, regardless of gender and age around a donut-shaped table.

First enacted in April 1998 Melbourne Australia, during an International event “Construction in Process VI – The Bridge”, Lee Wen’s new take on ping pong has since gained attention from international media. Moreover, as Ping Pong Go-Round continues to be featured in exhibitions around the world, the work has invited and encouraged dialogue and challenge through sport and games.

Ping-Pong Go Round has also been presented in:

1. “Lee Wen: Lucid Dreams In The Reverie Of The Real” , Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, 20 April – 10 June 2012
2. 7th Kuala Lumpur Triennial BARRICADE,  PUBLIKA, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 16 February – 02 March 2013
2. “The Realm in the Mirror, the Vision out of Image”, Suzhou Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou, China, 9 May 2013 – 18 August 2013
3. “Concept Context Contestation: Art and the collective in Southeast Asia”, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand, 13 December 2013 – 2 March 2014

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Lee Wen at Art Basel Hong Kong 2014

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Private Preview: 14th May 2014

Public Days: 15th May – 18th May 2014

Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Lee Wen is a contemporary Singapore artist who is well-known for his work inperformance art. His performances are deeply engaged in the social and political complexities of the region. This is exemplified in perhaps his most famous series, “Journey of a Yellow Man”, in which he painted his body with yellow paint, a symbolic reference to his ethnic identity.

In May, iPRECIATION is presenting a solo exhibition of Lee Wen’s works at Art Basel Hong Kong 2014. This exhibition will feature some of Lee Wen’s most important works, including selected photographs from his ’Journey of a Yellow Man series, ‘Splash!’, ‘Strange Fruit’, acrylic on canvas body prints from ‘Anthropometry Revision’, as well as recent works including selected drawings and ’Yellow on Yellow: Dreamboat’, which is especially made for this exhibition. Most of the photographs have been reprinted as museum-quality, fine art prints for this exhibition.

Lee Wen’s ’Ping Pong Go-Round’, a donut-shaped ping pong table, will be exhibited at Encounters, which is a curated sector featuring 17 ambitious, large-scale installation works.

Lee Wen (b. 1957) is a Singaporean multidisciplinary artist working on social identity themes. After leaving a banking career to enroll at LASALLE College of the Arts, Lee graduated with a Masters of Fine Art in 2006. Lee Wen is a member of The Artists Village and the Black Market performance collective. He was co-organizer of Future of Imagination, an international performance art event in 2003, and also initiated R.I.T.E.S.-Rooted in the Ephemeral Speak, a platform to develop and promote performance art, discourse, and discussion in Singapore in 2009. He has held numerous solo exhibitions and participated in various international group shows, biennales and festival. He was the recipient of Singapore’s Cultural Medallion in 2005. Lee Wen has exhibited widely, with his most recent solo exhibition “The Breath of a Blade” at the Jendela Visual Arts Space Esplanade, Singapore in 2013 as well as “Lee Wen: Lucid Dreams in the Reverie of the Real” by the Singapore Art Museum in 2012

 

Lee Wen: Preview for Solo Exhibition @ Art Basel Hong Kong 2014

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Special Preview: 28th March 5pm – 7pm

Preview period: 29th March – 5th April 2014

Venue: iPRECIATION (誰先覺) 50 Cuscaden Road HPL House #01-01 Singapore 249724 Tel 65 6339 0678

 


Lee Wen is a contemporary Singapore artist who is well-known for his work in performance art. His performances are deeply engaged in the social and political complexities of the region. This is exemplified in perhaps his most famous series, “Journey of a Yellow Man”, in which he painted his body with yellow paint, a symbolic reference to his ethnic identity.

iPRECIATION is presenting a preview of Lee Wen’s solo exhibition at Art Basel Hong Kong 2014 (May 15 – 18). The preview will be held in Singapore, at iPRECIATION. Selected photographs from his performances will be showcased, including ‘Splash!’, ‘Dreamboat’, ‘Journey of a Yellow Man No.2’, ‘Journey of a Yellow Man No.11’ and ‘Strange Fruit’. Acrylic on canvas body prints from Lee Wen’s ‘Anthropometry Revision’ series as well as selected drawings will also be at the preview.

Installation works which will be exhibited include ‘Art vs Art’ and ‘Ping Pong Go-Round’. The latter, which consists of a donut shaped ping pong table, will only be exhibited at Art Basel Hong Kong 2014 in the ‘Encounters’ section.

The artist will be present on 29th March, from 5 – 6pm to give a talk. This talk will focus on Lee Wen as an image maker, discussing both self portraiture and image making. Admission is free.

Lee Wen (b. 1957) is a Singaporean multidisciplinary artist working on social identity themes. After leaving a banking career to enroll at LASALLE College of the Arts, Lee graduated with a Masters of Fine Art in 2006. Lee Wen is a member of The Artists Village and the Black Market performance collective. He was co-organizer of Future of Imagination, an international performance art event in 2003, and also initiated R.I.T.E.S.-Rooted in the Ephemeral Speak, a platform to develop and promote performance art, discourse, and discussion in Singapore in 2009. He has held numerous solo exhibitions and participated in various international group shows, biennales and festival. He was the recipient of Singapore’s Cultural Medallion in 2005. Lee Wen has exhibited widely, with his most recent solo exhibition “The Breath of a Blade” at the Jendela Visual Arts Space Esplanade, Singapore in 2013 as well as “Lee Wen: Lucid Dreams in the Reverie of the Real” by the Singapore Art Museum in 2012

iPRECIATION at Bridge New York

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27 – 30 March 2008

The Waterfront, 222, 12th Avenue New York 10001, USA

In Search for the Finest Chinese Art- Join us at New York this March where iPRECIATION will be embarking on an inaugural appearance at the Bridge Art Fair, to be held at ‘The Tunnel’. We will be marking this debut with a showcase by five notable mainland and overseas Chinese artists.

Expressing their unique visions via highly inimitable pieces, Nobel Laureate Gao Xingjian, multi-award winning sculptors Ju Ming and Cheung Yee will have their foremost artworks on display. iPRECIATION will also be exhibiting highly contemporary pieces by Zhang Jian-Jun and Ye Jian Qing. The former was commissioned to create a sculpture at the Golden Globe Awards Party in 2007, having received previous paramount exposure through exhibitions worldwide. The latter, Ye Jian Qing, is a rare talent in today’s fast- paced and extensive Contemporary art scene. A scholar artist and a PhD holder, Ye creates artworks that draw viewership through unorthodox strokes that chart the fragile relationship between painting and photography, his oil pieces fusing two delicate themes with passion and efficacy.

We hope you will be able to join us in New York this spring. For further information regarding artworks or details of the art fair, please contact enquiry@ipreciation.com or 65 6339 0678

iPRECIATION at KIAF

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9 – 13 May 2007

COEX Exhibiton and Convention Center 135-731 Coex, Samseong 1-Dong Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea

SINGAPORE – To be held in Seoul, Korea from 9 to 13 May 2007, the Korea International Art Fair (KIAF) is an art event that is not to be missed, attributed to KIAF’s positive reputation in the Asian art scene. For the first time since its inception, iPRECIATION will be exhibiting a selection of spectacular art works by 10 of the gallery’s renowned artists. This includes prominent names such as Nobel Laureate Gao Xingjian, famous Taiwanese sculptor Ju Ming, and the pioneer in the Hong Kong contemporary art movement Cheung Yee. iPRECIATION will also be exhibiting art works by Hung Liu, Zhang Jian-Jun, Ye Jian Qing, Budi Ubrux, Tse Yim On, and Riki Antoni.

Moreover, art aficionados can look forward to a new series of works, created especially for the art fair, geared with an array of arresting themes that will capture the artist’s astounding developments, and further highlight upon their inimitable techniques.

Artists:
Ju Ming (1938, Taiwan)
Zhang Jian-Jun (1955, China)
Gao Xingjian (1940, France)
Cheung Yee (1936, Hong Kong)
Ye Jian Qing (1972, China)
Tse Yim On (1974, Hong Kong)
Hung Liu (1948, China)
Budi Ubrux (1968, Indonesia)
Riki Antoni (1977, Indonesia)

For further information or artwork enquiry
please contact enquiry@ipreciation.com or 65 6339 0678

iPRECIATION at Art Taipei

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25 – 29 May 2007

No. 3, Song Lian Road Sinyi District Taipei City (former Taipei World Trade Center II)

iPRECIATION is pleased to announce our participation in the 2007 edition of Art Taipei, which will be held in May. We will be representing artists Cheung Yee, Wang Weixin, Zhang Jian-Jun, Ye Jian Qing, Hung Liu, Tse Yim On, Budi Ubrux and Riki Antoni, all of whom will be preparing new masterpieces for this grand occasion.

Artists:
Cheung Yee (1936, Hong Kong)
Wang Weixin (1938, China)
Zhang Jian-Jun (1955, China)
Ye Jian Qing (1972, China)
Hung Liu (1948, China)
Tse Yim On (1974, Hong Kong)
Budi Ubrux (1968, Indonesia)
Riki Antoni (1977, Indonesia)

For further information or artwork enquiry
please contact enquiry@ipreciation.com or 65 6339 0678

iPRECIATION at Art Beijing

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20 – 23 September 2007

National Agricultural Exhibition Center (NAEC) 16 East Ring North Rd. Chaoyang District, Beijing, China

Singapore – September 2007 is an event-packed month for iPRECIATION!
Following the Irene Chou solo exhibition at The Rotunda in Hong Kong, we will be showcasing our feature works at Art Beijing 2007, the country’s foremost exposition for modern and contemporary Chinese art. Art Beijing gains exclusivity through its stringent selection procedures, where only 100 galleries, out of a staggering 200 plus applicants, are given concession to participate in the show.

Executive Director of Art Beijing, Dong Mengyang, highlighted in an interview with CRIENGLISH.com, that 40% of total participants will consist of Chinese galleries, whereas Western and Asian galleries will account for the bulk, each region with a 30% hold. iPRECIATION’s success for securing a spot at the exposition, that is limited to only 30 galleries from across Asia, excluding China, is evident of the gallery’s rising status.

There will be a showcase of the finest selection of works from our panel of distinctive artists, including Ye Jian Qing, Nobel Laureate Gao Xing Jian, as well as master sculptors Ju Ming & Cheung Yee. The fair will be held at the National Agricultural Exhibition Center.

We hope you will be able to join us in Beijing from 19 to 23 September 2007, to view the most exquisite art works by our prominent artists.

For further information or artwork enquiry please contact enquiry@ipreciation.com or 65 6339 0678

 

iPRECIATION at CIGE

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Exhibition period: 2nd – 5th May 2005

Venue: China World Trade Centre, Beijing

iPRECIATION will be participating in CIGE 2005 at the China World Trade Center, Beijing, this coming May, and it gives us great pleasure to invite you to join us at our booth (No. 62). Notable works by Ju Ming, featuring the artist’s renowned Taichi Series, and Cheung Yee’s Cast Paper on Wood will be showcased, as their creations make an inaugural feature at this major art exposition in China

For more information on CIGE 2005, please visit www.cige-bj.com, or contact us via phone or email at 65 6339 0678 or enquiry@ipreciation.com

Boo Sze Yang: The Father

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Exhibition period: 21st February – 08th March 2014

Venue: iPRECIATION (誰先覺) 50 Cuscaden Road HPL House #01-01 Singapore 249724 Tel 65 6339 0678


Boo Sze Yang: The Father
is an exhibition that contributes to the recent opening of political and cultural public discourse on Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s former Prime Minister, and what he means to Singaporeans and the country’s history. The Father provides multiple readings into the legacy of Lee, and explores anxieties stemming from how Singapore can continue to prosper without this iconic figure that has shaped this country since its independence. Boo offers his own readings into these issues with critical depth derived from his own personal admiration for this political leader. More importantly, the power of Lee’s image as an icon is excavated by the artist from his memories and other sources such as the media. The cult of personality that mindlessly glorifies a leader is not what Boo is searching for. Instead, it is an open, critical and intellectual discussion on Lee, and the future vision and direction of Singapore that defines the purpose of this exhibition.

The Father comprises of portrait paintings of Lee by Boo that captures this major figure who has eschewed the cult of personality resulting in the underrepresentation of his image as an icon. This exhibition interrogates and opens up and questions stable readings of Lee as the “Father of Singapore”.

Boo Sze Yang (b.1965) graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1991. He completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art at the University of Reading, UK in 1995 and received his Master in Arts Degree from Chelsea College of Art & Design, the University of the Arts London in 2005. Boo has held 13 solo exhibitions, including Boo Sze Yang: AIR at Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan (2012), and has also exhibited in various international group exhibitions such as The Realm in the Mirror, the Vision Out of Image, an Exhibition of Singapore Contemporary Art, Suzhou Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou, China (2013). He is a recipient for the Asian Artist Fellowship Award 2010/2011 sponsored by Freeman Foundation for residency at the Vermont Studio Center in USA. Boo’s works are collected by organizations in Singapore and Beijing.

 

    

     

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Recent Paintings by Singapore Artists

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Exhibition period: 10th – 24th Jan 2014

Venue: iPRECIATION (誰先覺) 50 Cuscaden Road HPL House #01-01 Singapore 249724 Tel 65 6339 0678

iPRECIATION is celebrating its 15th birthday in 2014. To kick off the celebration, the gallery will present the latest paintings of Singapore artists from 10th Jan to 24th Jan to give visitors a sneak preview of the gallery’s exciting anniversary programmes. Featured artists include Boo Sze Yang, Lee Wen, Michael Lee, Milenko Prvacki, Tang Da Wu and Tay Bak Chiang. This exhibition will also be part of “Art in Motion” organized by AGAS from 14th to 19th Jan.

Chua Chye Teck & Michael Lee @ Art Stage 2014

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Exhibition period: 15th – 19th Jan 2014

iPRECIATION is proud to present Michael Lee and Chua Chye Teck’s latest works at Art Stage Platforms. Michael Lee’s Skeletal Retreat No. 2, which is a part of his ongoing Skeletal Retreat installation series, will be on display for the first time. A selection of 20 images from Chua Chye Teck’s latest series of ongoing photography works will also be exhibited at Art Stage Singapore Platforms 2014. Exhibition period: 15th – 19th Jan 2014 Venue: 10 Bayfront Ave, Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre (Halls D, E & F), Singapore 018956 For more information.

please read the press release for our 15th year anniversary programmes.

Milenko’s Solo Exhibition & Book Launch @ Art Stage 2014 Booth 20

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Exhibition period: 15th – 19th Jan 2014

Venue: 10 Bayfront Ave  Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre (Halls D, E & F)  Singapore 018956

iPRECIATION is proud to present Milenko Prvacki’s most recent works at Art Stage Singapore 2014.  The series “Unsent Letters” was created during his recent residency in Santa Monica. Major acrylic on canvas paintings created in his Singapore studio will also be on display.

Milenko’s latest monograph, “After Memory: The Art of Milenko Prvacki”, essay by Charles Merewether, will also be launched at Art Stage Singapore 2014.
The date and time of both launches are as below:

15th Jan: 5 – 6pm
18th Jan: 2 – 4pm

The author and the artist will be present at both monograph launches. The monograph will be available for sale from 16th Jan onwards at iPRECIATION.

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Preview: Thursday, 7th November 2013, 6pm-8pm

Exhibition period: 8th – 30th (Extended) November 2013

Venue: iPRECIATION (誰先覺) 50 Cuscaden Road HPL House #01-01 Singapore 249724 Tel 65 6339 0678

Read the press release here.

 

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Coffee or Tea? Ceramic works by Rosanna Li Wei-Han

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Exhibition period: 13rd July – 27th July 2013

Venue: iPRECIATION (誰先覺) 50 Cuscaden Road HPL House #01-01 Singapore 249724 Tel 65 6339 0678

Hong Kong ceramist, Rosanna Li, is known for her robust clay figurines. Her figures tend to be plump in contrast to today’s ideal slim physiques. Despite that, each figure embodies poise of grace and playfulness. These figurines are, in essence, Li’s commentaries on social issues, and keen observations of the mundane. Very often, her characters would unwittingly elicit knowing nods and smiles from her viewers.

In Coffee or Tea exhibition, her inspirations are drawn from the peculiar characteristics of Hong Kong’s indigenous café culture. These cafés are known as ‘Cha chaan teng’, meaning Tea Restaurant in Cantonese. Her figurines don gestures, body language and facial expressions of patrons while enact various scenarios commonly seen in the ‘Cha chaan teng’. The titles of the works further interpret her characters. For instance, “The Progressive Couple” is a pair of figurines sitting side by side and playing with handheld gaming devices. The interaction or lack of, subtly addresses a phenomenon that seems to have embedded in our urban lifestyles; whether or not we are conscious of it. Coffee of Tea? presented by iPRECIATION, acts as a mirror image of our everyday life.

Rosanna Li Wei-Han is a ceramicist and design educator in Hong Kong. She studied ceramics and art education in Hong Kong and England. Her works have been exhibited in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Mongolia, Australia, Canada, USA, France, and UK. Some works are collections of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Guangdong Museum of Art, Shiwan Ceramic Museum, and Zhejiang Museum of Art. She is the winner of 1985 Hong Kong Urban Council Fine Art Award in Ceramics, 1999 Hong Kong Sculptor of the Year Award, 2000 Silver Award in Ceramics of the Guangdong Museum of Art. In 2005, she was conferred the Secretary for Home Affairs Commendation Medal for her Achievements in the Promotion of Arts and Culture. She is a Museum Expert Advisor of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, and a founding member and former chairperson of the Contemporary Ceramics Society (HK).

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Flâneur: A Solo Exhibition of Hong Kong Artist Tse Yim On

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Exhibition period: 22nd June – 6th July 2013

Venue: iPRECIATION (誰先覺) 50 Cuscaden Road HPL House #01-01 Singapore 249724 Tel 65 6339 0678

Ipreciation Singapore is pleased to present Flâneur, a solo exhibition of acrylic paintings by Hong Kong contemporary artist, Tse Yim On. This exhibition will mark the debut of his works in Singapore.

34 paintings from his series, Insane Fairy Tale and Mongkok Library, will be on display. Tse is often known for his painterly collages of imageries that reflect cultural and social issues in post-colonial Hong Kong. He is inspired by current affairs and popular cultures that had gradually shaped the Hong Kong identity. Take for instance the painting, Wonderful Wizard of Oz, from the Insane Fairy Tales series. The appropriation of iconic figures such as Queen Elizabeth II, Deng Xiao Peng, Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping, suggests the lineage of political reigns in Hong Kong history, and at the same time, attempts to bring forth the collective memories of those days.

In Mongkok Library series, Tse took on a slightly varied approach. Synonymous to the title, the works portray various characters reading at a public library in Mongkok, Hong Kong. Yet, the relationship between the characters and the selected book titles subtly expresses his original intent. In Da Qiao and Xiao Qiao, Tse depicted the characters as representatives of China reading a book on The Sinking of Japan to reflect the Chinese’s apathetic attitude toward the tragedy of Tohoku earthquake in Japan.

While Tse’s paintings may be in the context of Hong Kong, they could still be relevant in Singapore. After all, both cities are descendants of post-colonialism.

Tse Yim On Tse Yim On was born in 1974 in Hong Kong. He obtained his Degree of Bachelor and Masters of Fine Art from the Department of Fine Arts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1998 and 2001 respectively.  Tse has been well-regarded among the contemporary art arena in Hong Kong for his distinctive contribution over the last decade. In 1998, he received the Hong Kong Urban Council Fine Art Award and was appointed as the Art Adviser to the Hong Kong Art Development Council from 2002 to 2008. His artworks are widely collected by museums as well as private collectors and have been exhibited internationally in many solo and group exhibitions including countries such as China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, United Kingdom and Israel.

 

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Still Moments: A Solo Exhibition of Zhang Jian

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Exhibition period: 16 May – 1st June 2013

Venue: iPRECIATION(誰先覺) 50 Cuscaden Road HPL House #01-01 Singapore 249724 Tel 65 6339 0678

Striving to stay optimistic with reality, Zhang Jian tries to search beauty from mundane life. Born in 1968, Zhang is one of the third generation contemporary Chinese artists who have experienced the Tiananmen incident during their college years. However, he is separated from the protagonist of cynical realism, one of the major movements of 1990s in contemporary Chinese art, in terms of his aesthetic propensity which focuses more on personal subject than on grandeur social ideology.

Graduated from the fresco department of Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in 1993, Zhang’s artworks have expressed fresh visual images and individuality. Zhang’s pictorial treatment to the figures and landscapes shows a sublimation visual expression of beauty and time. Primarily interested in the balance between fleeting moments and eternality, a sense of obscurity and tranquility has been created out of the clever choice of colors, contrast and soft glow in Zhang’s paintings.

Two Boys series depict toddlers playing with water splashing from the tap at the corridor and evoke a sense of comfort and nostalgia to the viewers. The artist has used quick brushstrokes of white and blue to create puddle of water in foreground. Reflection of light on that run through from the background to the foreground has created depth to his canvas. The broad use of grey in the Two Boys series makes this series unique and different from his other paintings. The innocence and pleasures from the children bring attentions to the viewers of the happiness that exits in urban lives. In his widely celebrated paintings, the artist captures a subtle cheerfulness and invites viewers to enter a light-hearted, contemporary realist world. 

Zhang’s works constantly challenge the eyes, encouraging his viewers to look intently at his exquisitely rendered images. Depicting the same scene from various angles and perspectives, Zhang has capture the moment of time in his works. In the Shadow series, Zhang has depicted an unknown female figure standing with her head turning back looking at the reflection of her body. This subject demonstrates the concept of narcissism in art. Experimenting with abstraction and figuration, the artist has rendered the interior of the room with scratchy handling of loose wide brushstrokes and pastel tone of pink, orange, and yellow, adding a subtle sense of vibration to the viewers’ eyes. 

The compositions of Café 1, 2 & 4 are meant to give a sense of incompletion as they are images of ordinary lives cropped out like snapshots. Focusing on the poise of the lady who is relaxing one hand on her forehead and holding onto a mirror on the other hand, Zhang has employed visual abstraction to create cinematic effects to his paintings. The interplay of light and reflection from the mirror hand-held by the female subject has result in an optical dynamism married with the natural scenes constituting an essential part of the artist’s oeuvre.

In the painting titled High Noon, Zhang has depicted a reclining nude overlooking the window, atypical subject in many western old masters’ canon. The texture of fabrics, materials and skin has brought out the sensuality of the subjectivity of this painting.

Zhang’s works have been exhibited at museums in Asia, Europe and America and also have been auctioned at Sotheby’s and Christie’s.

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Cascadence: Singapore Redux

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Exhibition period: 28th Feb –  24th Mar 2013

Venue: iPRECIATION (誰先覺) 50 Cuscaden Road HPL House #01-01 Singapore 249724 Tel 65 6339 0678

Cascadence’:

Noun – the New Jersey-based rock band.

Adjective – a rush of harmonic chords. Hybrid of ‘cascade’ and ‘cadence’; used in Indie-culture speak to allude appreciatively to musical value. Not found in mainstream lexicons.

It started as a playful pun to allude to the gallery’s move to Cuscaden Road; it proceeded to prove the choice fortuitously apt as the exhibition’s theme began to take shape. Cascadence: SG Redux is iPreciation’s first show at the new gallery premises after being in Fullerton Hotel for 10 years. Featuring 7 Singapore artists whose collective practices span 5 decades of art of Singapore, Cascadence is curated to present disparate and diverging ‘chords’, each representing individualistically distinctive formal and conceptual expression honed by practice and performance, each staking its own claim in art historical and discursive location that mark their unique presence and contribution to Singapore art. Thus orchestrated as a composition, the exhibition of 7 artistic voices is a sum of seemingly discordant parts that makes a chorus, one that speaks of the intentions of the hosting gallery.

The new iPreciation Gallery at 50 Cuscaden Road is a generous 5300 square feet with space for exhibitions and talks by artists and the art community. In staging an exclusively Singapore artists exhibition as its inaugural show, iPreciation signals the gallery’s plans to make Singapore art one of its key foci and to promote the cause of Singapore artistic community in the local and international art scene as Singapore shapes itself as a regional arts hub.

Quek Wee Chew (b. 1934, Singapore)
A temple caretaker, Quek Wee Chew’s serene still-life compositions seem frozen in time and yet timeless, maintaining their own integrity and fidelity to the spirituality of art and art making.

Goh Beng Kwan (b. 1937, Indonesia)
A Second Generation artist, Goh Beng Kwan’s defining contribution to Singapore art is his distinctive approach to abstraction and collage.

Lee Wen (b. 1957, Singapore)
Lee Wen is a leading performance artist, creating in 1990 the Yellow Man that has become as much his artistic and performative persona as it is an allegory for social reflection and critique.

Tay Bak Chiang (b. 1973, Singapore)
A contemporary ink painter, Tay Bak Chiang navigates the tradition with aplomb and zesty humour that one might be advised to expect the unexpected.

Milenko Pravcki (b. 1951, Yugoslavia)
A Senior Fellow at LaSalle College of the Arts, Pravcki has been an influential art educator and stands as one of the most exciting, consistent and productive painters in the Singapore art scene.

Michael Lee (b. 1972, Singapore)
Lee is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice centres on urban memory and fiction, particularly in the contexts of loss and the implications thereof.

Suzann Victor (b. 1959, Singapore)
Sydney-based Victor continues to leave vivid impressions on Singapore art. An artist who plunges the depths of gender identity and subjection, Victor’s installations often posses a terrible beauty that shudders the senses with the quiet violence the works imply.

 

 

All My Newborns – An Inaugural Solo Exhibition of Emerging Japanese Artist Tomita Natsumi

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Exhibition Period: 22nd Nov – 15th Dec 2012
Venue: iPRECIATION at Jardine House, Central, Hong Kong

iPRECIATION Hong Kong has presented the recent works of emerging Japanese artist Tomita Natsumi, in an inaugural solo exhibition at the Hong Kong gallery. Born in Tokyo in 1986, Tomita graduated from Tama Art University with a degree in oil painting in 2009. Since 2007, she has exhibited widely in Japan and several Asian art fairs. Tomita has also embarked on special art projects for the Pediatrics departments at the Machida Municipal Hospital in Tokyo, and the Mitsukoshi Department Store in Nihombashi, her artworks are also collected by the Hamada Children’s Museum of Art.

In 2009, iPRECIATION Singapore held an inaugural solo exhibition of her sculptures in the city; her exhibition was a great success and 90% of the exhibits were sold out during the first week. Themed as ‘Artistic Conservation’, Tomita’s sculptures are created utilising recyclable materials; asserting both her eco-conservation ideals and creativity. Appearing to know no creative boundaries, the artist has the facility to assemble constituents of random, leftover objects into beautiful, amusing creatures- ranging from flamingos, parrots, turtles and even sets of miniature human figures, depicted at work or play. Humorous and eccentric, Tomita creates to promote environmental awareness, exposing young and old to the fun and beauty that derives from recycling. The Hong Kong exhibition will feature a new set of quirky sculptures, ranging from mid-sized human figures (approximately 30 – 40 cm in height), to monkeys, birds, and a variety of other animals.

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Four Symbols · Eight Faces-四象·八面

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15 May 2012 – 2 Jun 2012

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Featuring the latest paintings, sculptures, paper works and digital media works from the four Hong Kong local artists

iPreciation Hong Kong is proud to present a group exhibition of four Hong Kong local artists- Tse Yim OnHung KeungHo Yuen Leungand Au Ka Wai, featuring their latest creations done between 2011 to 2012. Graduated from the Fine Arts Department of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, the arts education in college years were an enlightening experience to all four of them. Each individual later developed artworks that penetrate a variety of issues and themes. This time four of them join hands once again for the current exhibition, engage in four distinct media in conveying their yearning for the good old days before radical changes took place in their hometown.

TSE Yim On’s representation of the city’s public housing reflects his expression of hope and love; as those of the post-70s generation portray their collective memories with overflowing sensitivity. TSE borrows iconographies familiar in the post-70s, such as popular culture’s Animation, Comics and Games (ACG), the old Cantonese film ‘Buddha’s Palm’, ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ and ‘The Little Red Riding Hood’; coupling these household names and influential political figures as his subject matter. TSE’s mischievous collage of imageries, the peaceful and humble housing estates relay an immensely complex political situation; as the tension and violence gradually emerges from the surreal landscapes he created. The artist observes at a distance, hiding the lively public housing culture beneath his vibrant hi-colour façade. By juxtaposing the public housing estates with a bygone era, TSE’s works crystallize the ups and downs of a city into fond memories.

HUNG Keung’s video works often take place on main roads, however, this time he adopts a contrasting approach and bases the featured work on his experience of wandering the communities of Yau Ma Tei, Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok (The Yau Tsim Mong District). Almost schizoid in nature, the protagonist in the video embodies two identities: She wears six different outfits that represent twelve unique characters, and leads us through the streets in these districts. The screen is divided into sections- top, bottom, left and right, acting as four coordinates to the story’s main structure, and as metaphor to the lateral movements on the streets, and the vertical landscape viewed from within the buildings. The fragmented imageries move and stop, at times a mixture of the two, ushering the audience to follow closely the footsteps of HUNG Keung; as we appreciate the mingling of old and new in each district, and witness the vicissitudes of the community.

As global warming becomes a serious issue today, HO Yuen Leungcreates a pristine world, in the midst of a deteriorating living environment in Hong Kong. He collects scraps from nature, and looks for trunks of wood people have long forgotten, and brings them back to life through his works. HO’s works embody a strong will, and they manifest the power of nature, amidst the concrete ‘forest’ we reside in. Hoping to resist our ‘daily order’ with the natural order, HO’s sculptures also convey a humanistic concern and optimism towards the material world.

With a religious-like dedication, AU Ka Wai tore up layer after layer of papers, and represents on a two-dimensional surface, the crushed and compressed networks of bustling Nathan Road and Gloucester Road; the piling up of sheathes of paper suggesting to viewers an expansive space contained within these networks. Paradoxically, AU utilizes the simplest material of soft paper, via this repetitive mode of creation, to visualize trails of harsh asphalt pavements. This method challenges the physicality and conventional usage of the material, and reminds us how the notion of ‘soft power’ can shape a city, or even a country. We see a sense of calm entwined with passion through AU’s distinct visual system; especially in his work ‘”卍” which touches on the theme of religious practice, it brings to our senses an awe-inspiring balance between vigor and gentleness.

Remembrance of Things Past: A Solo Artist of Renowned Singaporean Artist Milenko Prvacki

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Exhibition Period: 21th March – 7th April 2012
Venue: iPRECIATION at Jardine House, Central, Hong Kong

iPRECIATION Hong Kong is delighted to present the inaugural solo exhibition of renowned Singapore Artist Milenko Prvacki. Born in 1951 in Yugoslavia, Milenko graduated with a Master of Fine Arts (Painting) from the Institute of Fine Arts in Bucharest, Romania. He is one of the city’s foremost Art educators, having commenced teaching at Lasalle Colleage of the Arts Since 1994. He was Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts for 17 years, and currently holds the position of Senior Fellow. Milenko has exhibited extensively in Europe since 1971, with numerous showcases in public spaces and galleries in Singapore since 1993. With recent solo shows held in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney and Jakarta, Milenko also participated in recent group shows held at the Museum of Modern Art in Antwerp, Belgium, the Torrance Art Museum in Los Angeles, the NUS (National University of Singapore) Museum, and the Biennale of Sydney. The artist has also participated in numerous symposiums and art workshops worldwide, including a panel discussion on Southeast Asian art held at the Singapore Art Museum in 2011, an artist talk at the Istanbul Biennale in 2007, a discussion on Southeast Asian art in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 2001, and acted as visiting professor at Musashino Art University in Tokyo, and Sabanchi University in Istanbul.

Curriculum Vitae
Born in 1951, Ferdin, Vojvodina, Yugoslavia
Master of Fine Arts (Painting),
Institute of Fine Arts, Bucharest, Romania.
1994 – present
Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts,
LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

Permanent Collections
National Museum, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Museum of Modern Art, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Museum of Contemporary Drawing, Nurnberg, Germany
Museum of World Portrait’s, Tuzla, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Ecka Symposium Gallery, Zrenjanin, Yugoslavia
Gallery of Contemporary Art, Pancevo, Yugoslavia
Museum of Contemporary Art, Novi Sad, Yugoslavia
Deliblatski Pesak Collection, Pancevo, Yugoslavia
National Museum, Pancevo, Yugoslavia
Obalne Gallery Collection, Piran, Slovenia
Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
UOB Bank, Singapore
National Library, Singapore
ICI, Singapore
SMU, Singapore
Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia
GALLERY 61, Novi Sad, Serbia
NUS Museum, Singapore
National Library, Singapore

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Rain Rhythms: New Works by Ye Jian Qing

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Exhibition period: March 2012
Venue: iPRECIATION at The Fullerton Hotel

iPRECIATION Singapore will feature new works by Beijing artist Ye Jian Qing in March 2012. A deviation from the colourful cityscape paintings, the new paintings are a development from Ye’s earlier black and white paintings. The artworks were created while he was in Singapore as resident artist in August 2011. Selected artworks are available for preview, for further information please contact +65 6339 0678.

Curriculum Vitae
1972 Born in Ninghai, Zhejiang Province, China

Education
1994-1998  Undergraduate study at Mural Painting Department, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing
1999-2001  Postgraduate study at Mural Painting Department, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing
2004-2007  PhD in advanced canvas research at China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing

Awards
1996       “Untitled” awarded Second prize at the annual exhibition, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing
1997       “Travel” awarded Second prize at the annual exhibition, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing
1998       “Immigration” awarded First prize at the graduation project, China Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing (Awarded by the Gang-song Family Arts Fund, The Okamatsu Scholarship)

Solo Exhibitions
1999      “Ye Jian Qing Works”, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing
2004      “Scenic Poetry”, iPRECIATION, Singapore
2005      “Ye Jian Qing–Exhibition of Recent Oil Paintings”, iPRECIATION, Singapore
2007      “The Art of Ye Jian Qing”, iPRECIATION, The Rotunda, Exchange Square, Hong Kong
2009       Solo exhibition of Recent Works, iPRECIATION, Singapore
2009      “Hutong Memory” A solo exhibition of Ye Jian Qing, iPRECIATION, Hong Kong
2010      “Reflections of the Mind”, Exhibition of Recent Oil Paintings, National Art Museum of China, Beijing
2012      “Rain Rhythms”,A solo exhibition of Ye Jian Qing,iPRECIATION, Singapore

 

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Gao Xingjian – Ink on Canvas Paintings

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Exhibition Period: 23th February – 10th March 2012
Venue: iPRECIATION, Jardine House, Central Hong Kong

Born in Jiangxi Province, eastern China in 1940, Gao Xingjian is one of the world’s most respected multidisciplinary artists. An acclaimed novelist, painter, playwright, poet and filmmaker, Gao’s creations have been showcased worldwide, notably in cities including Vienna, New York, London, Stockholm, Malmo, Poznan, Luxembourg, Brussels, Hong Kong, Madrid, Barcelona, Mons, Berlin, Aachen, Baden-Baden, Taipei and Singapore. Gao was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000 for his prodigious novel ‘Soul Mountain’, the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government in 1992, and the Lions Award by the New York Public Library in 2006.

Between 2008 and 2010, a majority of Gao Xingjian’s ink paintings were executed on canvas instead of rice paper, invoking a unique textural element to his work. The play with light and the coagulation of different hues of black, grey ink, takes on a different dimension. While the colours do not synthesise as readily on a canvas base, what is intriguing is the essence of light: The contrast between light and dark is amplified as each brushstroke gains a renewed strength, providing a fresh intensity to his paintings.

The recent ink on canvas paintings present more defined brushstrokes and segregation of hues. These strokes are alike to demarcation lines- a variation of soft, hard lines that appear to confine or ascertain a voluntary separation from the world, such as ‘Le Tourbillon’, where a figure enclosed in a small sheath of light stands surrounded by a dark, odd circle. Situated in the indistinct world between the figurative and abstract, Gao’s paintings, whether created on paper or canvas, summon the ambiguity of forms that lead one to question, probe and approach an introspective vision.

Artworks are currently available for preview in iPreciation Hong Kong. Please contact +852 2537 8869 to arrange for a private viewing.

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‘Becoming a Different Person Might be Hard’ – A Painting Exhibition of Wong Wai Yin

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Exhibition Period: 24th November – 10th December 2011
Venue: iPRECIATION Jardine House, Central Hong Kong

Born in Hong Kong in 1981, Doris Wong is a young visual artist who experiments with a variety of media, ranging from painting, sculpture, collage, installations and photography, Doris’ works have won acclaim for her unique, conceptual approach. Possessing an expansive way of thinking beyond traditional studio practices, the artist frequently investigates the nature of what is real or fake, what constitutes art, and what doesn’t. Creating emulators, Doris proceeds to juxtapose these ‘raw’ pieces alongside the original articles, dispelling the notion of an ideal framework, and persuading viewers to question the nature of authenticity; challenging preconceptions whilst blurring boundaries. Doris graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree form the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2004, and a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom in 2005. She was also the Founder of the Observation Society in Guangzhou. Doris has exhibited her works extensively in Hong Kong, as well as showcases in Japan, U.S.A, Singapore and Guangzhou. Doris’ works were also featured at the Hong Kong Museum of Art in 2009, as part of the ‘Louis Vuitton: A Passion for Creation’ exhibition. Doris’ artworks, including the exclusive ‘Hong Kong Artist Museum’ paintings, and her Museum Poster Series of works, are available for sale. Please contact +852 25378869 or enquiry@ipreciation.com  for further information.

Curriculum Vitae
1981  Born in Hong Kong
2004  Bachelor of Arts, Fine Art Department, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
2005  Masters in Fine Art, University of Leeds, UK
2009  Founder of Observation Society