Tell us an interesting story that occured during art-making.
There was once, I was commissioned to work on 22 paintings in various sizes with an average size of 1.5m x 1m for a spa resort. After completion I had to put all the pieces together for a final touch up. Because of my painting technique which require the canvases to be placed horizontally, I ran out of space at the rented studio. Fortunately the client was kind enough to let me use their newly built gym space at the spa for me to work on the final touches before the gym equipment moved in. The paintings ended up occupying more than half the gym space for a week. Definitely an experience of a lifetime.
Tell us of an experience that you encountered that help shaped your perspective as an artist
Definitely has to be the time when I was travelling a lot with my dear wife to Europe and the US to visit as many museums as we can. The experience of being in the presence and experiencing great works by Picasso, Gaudi, Pollock, Anselm Kiefer and Mark Rothko, of course. It was a life changing experience.
After so many years of experimenting as an artist, tell us more about your favourite piece of work created so far and why?
This is quite a tough question because every piece is really a unique experience. But if push comes to shove. ’In The Bright Sunshine Of A Glorious Mind’ would have to do for now. Because for some pieces, you need some time to work on. You work on some parts, you walk away and you work on it some more till it speaks to you. But for this particular piece, it was one of those days where I can head straight to work on the canvas and every step is just a breeze that sometimes you need to stop for a moment to catch a breath because everything was just happening so fast. And you know deep down it’s going to be one of those pieces that is beyond me. To a point that it feels like I am just a vessel assisting this idea to pass through.
How do you keep up with what’s happening in the art community today?
Mainly from social media platforms. Meeting up with other friends from the creative industry from time to time to catch up on the latest happenings and trends. But believe me, you can get a lot of information just by having conversations with the art supplies store owners at Straits Commercial Art from the latest shows to Singapore art history.
Words of wisdom, or a favourite quote you live by?
Play for more than you can afford to lose and you will learn the game – Sir Winston Churchill
What are you currently reading, watching, listening to, or looking at that inspires and fuels your love for art?
I have been reading a lot on artists individual behaviour and the unique process that they go through to create their art. From visual, performance artists to musicians. You will be amazed how much you can learn just by observing and reading how they work.
What does being creative mean to you?
Looking beyond what other people don’t take notice of and crafting a believable world out of it based on your own terms.
What are you trying to communicate with your art?
Sometimes I feel that I am merely an instrument to relate an experience based on basic human emotions that are beyond words. Emotions and experiences that we sometimes overlook due to our busy and hectic lifestyle. So each painting is like an escape into those feelings and emotions.
What’s the best advice you can give on how to be more creative?
It may sound a bit cliché but be open to ideas and be more aware of our surroundings. Try to explore as many medium as possible. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. It’s really the bane of all great ideas.
What is your dream project?
I would hope to build my own place to house all my artworks and musical instruments. Hopefully spend the rest of my life working on more art there.
What is in store for 2016?
Looking forward to presenting my solo show which consists of all new work. Works on canvas and paper, curated by a very talented design collective in early March here in Singapore. I am also involved in an ongoing sound and visual project together with a group of multi disciplinary artists which we hopefully can present in mid year and towards the tail end of 2016.
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