I am back after a whole year – Happy New Year!
It has been a busy year for me at work. I have also started on a 2 year post-graduate programme which means I have loads of readings and projects to do. I am enjoying studies, but only wish I have more time to read and to paint.
Today is new year holiday and I took a trip to the newly opened National Gallery Singapore. This is housed in the former Supreme Court building and re-opened with much fanfare recently after years of extensive refurbishment. It is really majestic and beautiful. There is so much space – a rarity in crowded Singapore.
Here are some art I saw. Hope you’d enjoy them too.
Boschbrand (Forest Fire) by Indonesian artist Raden Saleh: one of the main attractions at the Gallery. It’s huge – 4m by 3 m.
A Sunflower. By Chinese Artist Wu Guanzhong (1919-2010) who is considered the founder of modern Chinese painting. He painted this as a tribute to Van Gogh and because he is mesmerised by the sunflower’s intricate criss-cross pattern that is both complex and orderly. I like the mix of both western oil painting style and Chinese ink painting style.
Another piece bu Wu Guanzhong that I like. I have the contrast of the light-hearted green foreground against the black and white houses and grey mountains that are more traditional and serious.
This one’s movement and exuberance makes it very exciting to look at. Also by Wu Guanzhong, it is called “The Night of Indonesian Dance”.
This piece is a bit sad to look at. It depicts scene from the Vietnam war. So simple an ink painting. But so profound the sadness.
An interesting last piece. This only looks like a chair if you stand at a particular angle.
It is really made up of many different pieces spread in different places.