Painting in Singapore
Group exhibition curated by Tony Godfrey
2 August - 8 September 2013, Main Gallery
“Periodically we hear the cry “painting is dead!” or (most recently) in Straits Times “There is no Painting in Singapore any more.” This is very odd because I meet a lot of painters both in Singapore and elsewhere in my travels. As far as I can tell they go to their studios most days and rather than sitting down head in hands and wondering what they should do now painting is finished they actually carry on making paintings! In fact, I know they do because I have seen quite a few of those paintings!!
‘There are painters on this island (as there are elsewhere) who have both a good critical awareness of the various traditions of painting and the imagination and dexterity to make new things within those traditions. To give a sense of what is going on in the Singapore painting community I asked the five Singapore based painters I have worked with before (Jane Lee, Milenko Prvacki, Jeremy Sharma, Guo-Liang Tan and Ian Woo) to each show a painting and also nominate another painters. They nominated Boo Sze Yang, Lee Young Rim, Ng Joon Kiat and Willy Tay who will also each show a painting.
‘The catalogue will include a roundtable discussion with the artists about painting in Singapore, whether it is a good or unusual place to make paintings, whether there is something particular about paintings made in Singapore. There will be talks by the artists during the exhibition. Please come and see the show and see a cross section of the most innovative Painting in Singapore” - Tony Godfrey
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