The works feature landscapes, figural studies and abstractions which are presented both symbolically and metaphorically on a palette of black and white, in a variety of media including oil, acrylic, watercolour and photography, to provide a fresh perspective on both composition and content to the viewer.
As part of the exhibition, the gallery will also be hosting a roundtable discussion and an exhibition walkabout led by one of the participating artists, Frederic Berger-Cardi on Saturday, 9 March 2013 at 4pm. This is the first of the gallery’s Open House series, which creates a platform for local artists to share perspectives on art. Upcoming Open House talks by Art Forum that are lined-up for the rest of the year include young local artists Yeo Shih Yun and Jeremy Sharma.
Frederic, a notable Singapore-based artist, will be focusing on various aspects of the play on black and white during the roundtable discussion, such as:
· the contrast between light and shadow
· the relationship between techniques employed by photographers and Impressionists
· the differences between Asian and Western ideas on how light is represented
· various aspects of how white / empty spaces structure a landscape
· the link between ink painting and sculpture
· the relationship of nature and abstraction
Having studied ink painting under the established artisan Lim Kay Hiong, Frederic’s works are found in private collections in France, Belgium, United States of America, United Kingdom and Singapore. He held a solo exhibition in Singapore in 2011 to rave reviews, and has participated in various group exhibitions in USA and Singapore.
Other Singapore-based artists who are participating include freelance fine-art and documentary photographer Kheng-Li Wee who captures the contrast of light versus shadow in limited-edition silver gelatin prints, as well as young artist Yeo Shih Yun who demonstrates her bold use of black ink.
The exhibition includes works by two acclaimed artists Natthawut Singthong and Ithipol Thangchalok from Thailand. Works by Natthawut Singthong, who has participated in various regional solo and group exhibitions, focuses on basic shapes through bold contrasts, while Ithiphol Thangchalok presents intricate patterns on mixed media and graphics.
Japanese artist Sato Kyoko, whose work can be found in public collections within established art houses in Prague, Romania and Taiwan, presents a variety of minimalist prints through drypoint and etching techniques. Also on display at the gallery is an abstract interpretation on plants by Sanpei Mitsuo. The artist, whose collections are housed in various museums and art intstitutions in Japan, Romania, Taiwan and Thailand, employs woodblock print with acrylic relief.
Born and raised in Australia, mixed-media extraordinaire Mark Elliot-Ranken, whose solo and group exhibitions span across various Australian cities, as well as in Singapore, expresses his take on black and white through oil on canvas.
Tran Van Thao from Vietnam, whose works have been widely exhibited across France, Italy, United States of America, Korea, and Southeast Asia, presents a versatile take in a collection of imaginative and complex paintings that intertwine urban landscapes with images of nature.
Classically trained in Chinese fine art to paint outdoor landscapes and nature under the guidance of various masters for more than 30 years, Tian Mangzhi from China brings his brush techniques to life in a series of ink on paper.
Black and White exhibition by various artists is on display in the gallery starting Friday 1 March, and runs till Wednesday 10 April 2013. The gallery is open from 10.00am to 6.00pm from Monday to Saturday, other times by appointment. For more enquiries, please call: 6737 3448.
About Art Forum
One of the most established art galleries in Singapore; Art Forum features high quality affordable artwork of more than 150 artists mainly from Southeast Asia: Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam as well as China, Japan, India and Australia. It was founded by prominent and renowned local art expert Marjorie Chu in 1971 to celebrate the new language of Contemporary Art in Asia and is dedicated to being a bridge between artists, art lovers, collectors and first time buyers of good quality affordable art.
The depth and diversity of the gallery’s art offerings include oil on canvas, acrylic on canvas, charcoal on paper, ink and watercolour on paper, prints (lithographs, woodcut, mezzotint, etching, monotype, silkscreen etc); photography (silver gelatin, C-print, digital print); sculpture (wood, bronze, copper, granite); and ceramics. A majority of the artworks are under S$10,000 with prices starting from S$500.