On December 2016 I made a decision to leave behind my job, wife and family to travel to New Mexico to search for Lithography. I was unhappy with how things was being handled in my work place. I feel a need to do something for the school and the art community.
And so I left.
Fast forward a year later. Here I am sitting at desk in Albuquerque waiting for the course to start. It has only been a week since I arrived at this City and yet I have began to understand just how big the world is.
I think at the age of 32; I am starting to understand myself better in this one week. Till this day I have never regretted my decision on coming over to Albuquerque, despite all the comments from people who encourage and discourage my decision I still believe like what Casey Neistat said:
"Do what you can't"
Happy 32th Birthday to myself. Cheers
It has been more than two months since the opening of On Common Ground, it has been an amazing experience, and I am grateful for the people who have help and supported along the way. 😊
The feedbacks and lesson learned from this exhibition are valuable to my career so far. There is more that I need to improve on as an Art Practioner, and I can't wait for my next show someday in the future.
Thank you everyone for the support! It is time to work even harder! 😁 Enjoy the rest of the photos.
I am extremely honoured to be a part of BUKU MINI #2. If you haven't known it is an exhibition on mini artist book measuring 4cm x 3cm. This year the exhibition will be held at Juara Dunia at Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Each artist is encouraged to be playful and think out of the box for their theme. So I think a Passport sums up my feelings and identity as a Singaporean very well. Ever have the nostalgia feeling of travelling and not travelling?
My process was simple, to create a visual diary of images, marks and text using materials gathered from a library book sale. The book is then created using the different technique such as silkscreen, monoprint and various mix media before hand sew and glue together to form a unique 1 of a kind artist book.
So if you are at Yogyakarta, do check it out. With over 145 artists participating in this exhibition, I am sure will be able to find something you like!
11th March 2017
Ace House Collective
Jl. Mangkuyudan No.41, Mantrijeron, Kota Yogyakarta,
Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55143
or check out their website @ bukumini.weebly.com
It is an extremely busy period trying to juggle between work and art making. I am once again reminded of how important it is to manage my time as an artist.
Last week I had the chance to sit down and did some documentation of what I have done. Below are some of my work and work in progress. Enjoy!
Here is a crop of I Have My Freedom But I Don't Have Much Time.
The Lighting in the studio allows me to have some fun with composition with light and shadow cast onto the paper work.
Back to more grinding, more updates coming soon!
Happy New Year everyone!
Here's to a great start to a brand new year. Life is as exciting as ever with new work and exhibition coming up! Next up in April is my very first solo exhibition at Mulan Gallery.
Currently, I am working on some canvas work that I hope together with my prints will form the highlight of the exhibition.
Here what you are looking at are mono print work that is part of my studies for the canvas work. Why monoprint? Notice the texture created on the images.. they are the reason why this form of printing technique is unique from direct painting on canvas/paper. Enjoy!
This printmaking exhibition has given me an opportunity to explore on creating artist books that have always been in my system.
To produce Landing, I created 3 mockup design for my final work. These mockups allow me to better envision the size and composition of my final work. In other words, they are sketches filled with unintentional mistakes and experimentation.
I am therefore happy to announce that these mockups entitled, Blueprint, with an edition of only 3 books will be on sale during the Festival. Each of them is hand carved, printed and bind on heavyweight printmaking paper.
As we are approaching the end of the year, 2016 has been a challenging year. Being an artist and doing what you like to support yourself is tough. You need a lot of patience and interest in what you are doing. In the end, I think it is about keeping a strong interest in what you are doing and never give up.
The last trip of 2016 was a visit to Australia in Perth and Melbourne. Here I was trying to create a journal on some of the days spend in Perth. Interestingly the owner of the house I stayed in has lots of interesting plants in her backyard.
Here's for a better 2017 and world peace everyone!
The past few week has been a nervy yet exciting journey. It all started with an artwork that by our dear Mr Eng Joo Heng and I was inspired to create a work based on his technique.
Since young, I have always been interested in history. I still remember studying for social studies instead of brushing up on my math when I was in primary school.
So with the chance to create given, I decided to create an artist book based on the history of Singapore. It will be a 4 volume series starting with the Founding of Singapore in book 1, follow by Tales of World War II in book 2 and Bukit Ho Sui and the rise of HDB in book 3 and lastly the Future of Singapore in book 4. My aim was to create a pictorial history book so that we can appreciate our short history.
In Volume 1, the design is hand drawn and transferred onto 4 different sheets of lino. Each sheet represents different colour holding different details to the final part of the image that will be an overlay onto each other.
The Contemporary Printing Festival will be held on 11 - 22 Jan at Capitol Piazza. With the exhibition, workshop and performance that are all printmaking related. Come have a look and I hope to see you there!
Since young, I was mesmerised by the images on our early Singapore history in our social studies textbook. Therefore in this book, I will be looking at recreating images of the founding of Singapore. Here's the progress so far.
Here I am trying to work on the compostion and transfering them to the carving plate. More images to come!
Recently I had the honour to be invited to conduct an artist talk to the students of Tanglin Trust School. During the talk, a teacher that I greatly admired showed me his sketchbooks and I was inspired by the amount of content and the use of Instax in it.
Therefore, I went out to get an Instax camera myself and I have been working on my sketches for the upcoming Printmaking book exhibition. I am working on the theme History, and the images below are some of my progress so far.
Currently I am working on the composition and methods create this book. It will be exciting to see where this leads to.
Lastly, here's a test print of the composition sketch. Are you able to guess which part of our country history is this?