One of the benefits of working from home is that we’ve had time to tidy up our gallery’s digital inventory of art we’ve collected over time. It’s kept us busy the past few days but more importantly, the team had a great time sharing with each other pieces that we have been ‘rediscovering’. We are all in agreement that in these extraordinary times, art can serve an important function to elevate our spirits, bring a little cheer and remind us that there are better days to come.
In the spirit of sharing, we would like to present to you a collection of works that we picked out. This collection will be a gift – each day, starting from 15th April 2020 until 1st May 2020, we will be presenting an artwork online for a token sum (just to be sure you’re serious!). The artwork will go to the first person to send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To get us started, we’ll be posting Xie Chong’s ‘By the River’ on 15th April (Chinese Ink on Paper, 70x34cm, framed). This painting depicts an idyllic scene on a waterfront where people are enjoying their time together. We’ll be offering this piece for a nominal amount of $200 (regular retail price of $4000). We hope this brings a little light and fun to your day!
Here’s how to join us:
Step 2: Tune in daily at 12 noon for the Artwork of the Day and its Promo Code
Step 3: Be the first to email us (email@example.com) your name, contact number and the Promo Code of the day
Step 4: If you are not the lucky one, try again tomorrow!
G O O D L U C K !
These are unprecedented times and it never occurred to any of us that the turn of the decade would look like this. Nevertheless, we adapted to the new uncertainties and reached out to friends and clients through alternative channels like digital engagement and online campaigns. We are grateful to all of you for shaping our journey along with yours.
From the bottom of our heart, thank you for your support, your kind words and the overwhelming responses we have received during this giveaway.
Do continue to keep a lookout as we are working hard to bring you more events and promotions in the coming days. See you all soon and stay sane!
Envisage, 35x46cm, Chinese Ink on Paper
Friends of the gallery will know that Xu Hua Xin is one of the gallery’s leading artists and we can’t think of anyone finer to close out this giveaway! Soft shades of white and grey created with his water-wash technique redefines the concept of white, traditionally represented by unpainted paper in Chinese ink. Contrasting black and white as well as soft and hard, Xu’s works are a meditative study of tranquility.
The Winner is Serena!
Metamorphosis No.1, Sand on Canvas, 50x60cm
Ma Yong Qiang’s creations convey a cosmic sense of infinite energy and perpetual motion. Created with sand on canvas, Ma mixes fine sand with powdered oil paint and applies them to the canvas to create an airbrush effect. Larger pebbles are used to convey kinetic motion.
The Winner is Hwee Min!
Modern Floriculture 2, 50x40cm
A prismatic little potted plant from artist Amber Lu to cheer up your day! As with her larger creations, the background is painstakingly done by hand, giving that slight imperfection that adds character to the painting.
The Winner is Pei Si!
Revealed, 45x68cm, Chinese Ink on Paper
An ancient Chinese pagoda is the subject of this tranquil scene by Chinese ink painter Yang Xiao. Known for his unusual pastel palette, Yang utilizes a subtle blend of low saturation colours to create the poetic atmosphere that is the hallmark of traditional Chinese ink painting.
The Winner is Eng Chuan!
Seeing Clearly No.1, 33x33cm, Chinese Ink on Paper
A surreal visualization of the contradictions of dream and reality as presented by Xiao Ting Ting in this Chinese ink on paper creation. A departure from mainstream Chinese ink, her contemporary take on ink is refreshing as well as thought-provoking.
The Winner is Ee Lin!
The Sidewalk, 60x60cm, Oil on Canvas
Taking a stroll down the street seemed like such a normal event just yesterday. This oil on canvas by Chinese artist Liu He Wang depicts a momentary hiatus, a palpable stillness when even the trees have gone into hibernation. Titled “The Sidewalk”, this wonderfully executed painting measures 60x60cm and comes framed.
The Winner is Sean!
Cascade of Autumn Leaves, 35x70cm, Chinese Ink on Paper
A Cascade of Autumn Leaves showcases Wang Yan Hui’s distinctive light washes of Chinese ink. Accentuated by his seemingly translucent trees, the painting has an ethereal, otherworldly feel. As with his other works, the human presence is woven into the painting, suggested rather than seen.
The Winner is Alex!
Three Graces, 36x40cm, Pigment on Paper
The Graces (also known as Charites) were goddesses from Greek mythology who personified charm, grace and beauty. Although their numbers varied depending on different ancient sources, their most common grouping in literature and art are as a trio. They were associated with Aphrodite and spring flowers and they were considered the youthful personification of beauty in all its forms, from physical to intellectual, artistic to moral.
This monoprint from American artist Larry McLaughlin is titled Three Graces and measures 36x40cm. Each monoprint is entirely unique as it is created by applying paint directly to a metal plate and pressing onto paper.
The Winner is Jeffrey!
A Quiet Little Town, 35×34.5cm, Chinese Ink on Paper
Appropriately titled A Quiet Little Town, this earlier work from 2014 by Zheng Yuan Wu bears the hallmark lines and colour blocks that has come to characterize his work. Zheng works with Chinese ink but rejects the traditional mainstream approach to Chinese landscape painting. Quirky and distinctive, his style has evolved into a complex construct of layered lines. Zheng will be featured in a number of major shows for the gallery in the coming year, so check out his latest works here!
The Winner is Jin Yee!
Black & White 5, 61x61cm, Oil on Canvas
A poignant reminder that we’re not able to hit the gym. This monochrome oil on canvas of shadow boxing by Malaysian artist Liew Choong Ching reminds me of the last days before the circuit breaker came into effect when there were long queues at sporting goods stores. A boxer himself, Liew understands that the real opponent is yourself and the battle is as much psychological as it is physical. Perhaps this painting will inspire you to try out a few moves in your home during this hiatus from your normal workout routine?
The Winner is Jun Hui!
A Winter’s Day, 34x34cm, Chinese Ink on Paper
A scene of peaceful calm, a serene contrast to difficult times. Titled A Winter’s Day, this painting from Liu Li Ping is suffused with the poetic atmosphere that characterizes ancient Chinese masterpieces. Of particular note is the artist’s detail and technique in depicting water – Classic Chinese ink’s treatment of water tended to be very simplistic and minimalist.
The Winner is Matthew!
Ancient Emblem No.24, 30x24cm, Oil on Canvas
Ancient Chinese roof building technology goes back to as far as the Zhou dynasty (1100 – 771BCE). Typical features of the Chinese roof architecture were the timber jointing system of interlocking columns and crossbeams that eschewed metal fixings. Roofs had distinctive graceful curves and upturned eaves on the roof corners which began to appear as early as the Han dynasty (206BCE to 220AD). Rows of cupped tiles were separated by rows of arched tiles spanning the roof. The ends of the arched tiles were often capped with an ornately crafted tile end known as a Wa Dang (瓦当).
Wa Dang adorned with molded designs was first crafted during the Zhou dynasty, and the technique reached its zenith during the Han dynasty. This oil on canvas painting from Han Fang seeks to recreate a sense of unearthed history.
The Winner is Renee!
Ictum Olim #51, 12.7×17.8cm , Ambrotype, 2013
This fascinating piece is created through ambrotype, an early form of photography introduced in the 1850s. The process involves coating a piece of glass with chemical and through exposure to light, a positive image is created on the glass. It was an early form of the Polaroid camera where every image is a unique original. Miquel Salom has introduced his own distinctive touch to the process. Using black instead of clear glass, he builds his own pinhole cameras through which the amount of light can be controlled. Minor imperfections in the process add a sense of the passage of time.
The Winner is Ronald!
Mountain-Rose Petals, 13x40cm, Chinese Ink on Paper
This delicate creation from Quan Zi is titled Mountain – Rose Petals. The newest artist in White Space Art Asia’s distinctive portfolio of contemporary ink artists, Quan Zi seeks to capture the poetic spirit of Chinese ink while retaining the cultural connectedness that makes the painting uniquely Chinese. Her paintings are part of the current exhibit at our Paragon gallery titled B(lack). While the gallery is temporarily closed, you can find out more about B(lack) and Quan Zi’s work online here.
The Winner is Mei Yunn!
Curiosity Is Lying In Wait For Every Secret, 56x60cm, Oil on Canvas
Who’s going to love you unconditionally during this extended homestay? Who looks forward to getting out just as much, if not more than you do? Luo Yi Lan’s disarmingly charming dogs speak volume with their gaze. They are all love without the bark and the bite.
The Winner is Pin Han!
Bloom, 60x60cm, Acrylic on Silk
Bloom by Du Xue is about the first blush of youth, with all the innocence, vibrance and hope it brings. It is also a reminder that in time, beauty and life fades, much like the flowers in the painting. Created with ink and diluted acrylic on Japanese silk. Stretched over a box frame, the translucency of the silk speaks to the ephemeral and the transient nature of life.
The Winner is Jin Xiang!
By the River, 70x34cm, Chinese Ink
We picked Xie Chong’s By the River because it’s a reminder of better days to come. Nobody expected that being able to read while sipping coffee at a riverside café would be anything but ordinary. Xie Chong’s works are about a quieter, simpler time when people took the time to interact with each other.
The Winner is Ms Krumina!
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(Information correct as on 17 April 2020)