Some of the world’s most recognized contemporary artists are from Asia, and these artists have successfully proven themselves to have “a following on the international scene, and many of whom represent investment potential for the future”, as told by Douwe Cramer, the Show Director of the upcoming Singapore Contemporary. To be held during the first month of 2016, this exhibition will not only present artists from Singapore, but also from China, Europe and North America. Presenting a strong selection of artists, we are especially interested in Myoung Jo Jeong (Korea), Dean Reilly (Australia), Li Yueling (China), and of course, the works by Andy Warhol (USA).
Myoung Jo Jeong is a young talented artist who is recognized for her detailed, yet faceless portraits. She explains that this deliberate choice is because she wants “my (her) audience to fully immerse themselves in the colours and patterns of the clothes”. Dean Reilly is also a painter of portraits, but instead of turning his model’s back against the audience, he directly paints over their heads with exotic blooms. His collection of “Renaissance Man” follows exactly such style, and he explains that this series “is a romantic notion – the successful, smart and competent businessman, but with flowers in the 16th century Dutch still life style in place of a head. The subject matter is thought provoking, intriguing….”
Li Yueling has earned himself a name ever since the 1990s, and his works are held in private collections all around the world. He mostly paints children, because “children are the beginning of life, and also our past, present and future. All the basic ideology and sense of value people hold later on derives from childhood.” The strong brush strokes that he creates are particularly attractive to us. Last but not least, works by the just-as-expressive artist Andy Warhol is also included in this exhibition. This powerful artist, commercial illustrator, “avant- garde filmmaker, a record producer, an author, and a public figure moving in diverse social circles that included bohemian street people, distinguished intellectuals, Hollywood celebrities and wealthy aristocrats” really needs no further explanation.
January 21 to 24, 2016
Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre
Friday January 22, 12noon – 9pm Saturday January 23, 11am – 7pm Sunday January 24, 11am – 6pm