Painter, gallery manager and President of the Singapore Art Society, Terence Teo talks to Intersection.sg about pioneering a style of painting. One that blends the discipline of the Chinese ink tradition with the vibrancy and expression of contemporary painting, in a style that is uniquely Singaporean.
Miaja Gallery is bringing together a group of Indian artists to present an exhibition entitled ‘Tales from India’ come 31 August to 17 September 2016.
The artworks depict the daily lives led in modern and traditional India, with influences from ancient Indian philosophy and folklore. The collection of artworks is an imprint of the artists featured and inspired by each of their own personal journies.
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The Tyagi’s Gyan Mudra Series
About the artist © Miaja Gallery : Artist Aashish Singh Tyagi produces the Tyagi’s Gyan Mudra series which materialises all the Indian tales and philosophies that he grew up on. He felt an urge to design and collaborate with the local craftsmen that he met along his journeys through India, to create something beautiful and meaningful, and in his small way to help to conserve their crafts and heritage.
The Padhchinh Series
About the artist © Miaja Gallery : Animals have always inspired and enriched Artist Alpana Ahuja’s life, almost being the fuel for her journey as an artist. Her current muse is the Indian elephant, and has been working with Wildlife SOS (India) to create a series of works called ‘Padhchinh’, created with the footprints of rescued elephants which carry the stories of their plight.
The Cityscapes Series
About the artist © Miaja Gallery : Artist Kaushik Raha’s cityscapes create a correlation between his surroundings and his artistic practice. Each artwork depicts stories told and lives lived on the streetscapes of India, framing the nuances of everyday life.
Miaja Design + Bernadaud Collaboration Series
About the series © Miaja Gallery : These porcelain photographs capture simple moments from the streets of Mumbai, and are made into something precious by the process of imprinting created by renowned artisans Bernadaud.
The collection was designed for the Sofitel Mumbai BKC, as part of a limited edition tableware series.
Frédéric and Carole de Senarclens started out running a gallery in Geneva before making their move to Singapore. Since 2008, they ran Art Plural, where they not only showcased the works of established, but also emerging artists. Eight years later, the couple has based themselves back in Switzerland and also launched ArtAndOnly, an online platform for contemporary art.
Here, they showcase art across many disciplines and from established and emerging artists where “ArtAndOnly makes buying and selling art a full-service experience.” The artists are distributed across Europe, Asia and the USA. Visitors to the site can glean information on artists and art trends on Le Journal.
How does your sales platform work?
It is very straightforward. The collector offers us a work for sale, our experts review it and if the work meets our standards (authenticity, quality, condition report) we agree on a price and a period of consignment. The work is then presented across our platform and offered for sale. The buyer makes a price offer, we convey it to the seller and we help them to close a deal. ArtAndOnly works on a commission basis and then takes care of the logistics until the work reaches its final destination.
How different would it be going into the global market in terms of marketing, reach and logistics?
A strong social media strategy is absolutely key in growing an online marketplace. We’ve leveraged Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram in parallel with the upcoming launch of an international media campaign. Additionally, we benefit from a global network of contributors and partners in Europe, Asia and the USA to create a global buzz with a variety of expertise. As per the logistics, it is basically the same process as in a traditional gallery. The works are stored in safe and insured facilities, shown in private locations and shipped through our network of logistics partners.
What are the challenges you foresee?
We are confident in the fact that the future of the art market is online. This is a competitive area, but we believe our platform is tailor-made for today’s collectors and a natural expansion for us. It’s not just that the costs of operating a traditional gallery are getting higher – the marketplace is changing and the mentalities of collectors are evolving fast. They desire more variety and transparency and are ready to buy online from a trusted platform. We know what they are looking for and are able to source the right work from anywhere in the world.
What can collectors expect?
ArtAndOnly is a curated platform where each piece is carefully selected through a rigorous artistic line, exactly like a physical gallery. Our expertise and network in contemporary art is a huge benefit to collectors who are looking to be personally guided through the buying or selling process with a trusted and confidential partner. The platform is the premier source in the art market for collectors who are looking to acquire interesting artworks from both renowned and emerging artists.
What have you learned from running galleries that could be applied to the new platform?
Running galleries in Switzerland and then in Asia brought us a great understanding of both the Eastern and Western art scenes. Our experience in Asia proved invaluable as it offered us an expanded vision of the art market that ultimately led to this new global online project. Living in Singapore for more than six years allowed us to discover a wider range of artists not only from South East Asia, but also from China, Korea, India, and Australia. In Singapore, we also developed an understanding of how new media can increase our global reach. Thanks to our strong online presence, we realised we had followers and collectors from all over the world. Today, the physical gallery space has become less relevant, and thanks to the Internet, we assist in an “uberisation” of the market.
Tell us more about the process in terms of logistics and storage for the works.
The consigned works are stored in secured and insured facilities until sold. Potential buyers can organize a private viewing of the work in various cities around the world: New York, Geneva, Singapore, London, Paris to name a few. The acquisition process is then pretty classical. Once paid, professional art movers will ship the work to the buyer.
How do you go about reviewing artworks that collectors wish to sell?
ArtAndOnly believes in quality, not in quantity. We are a high-end platform presenting only the best works through a strong selection process. We combine our expertise and eye for talent with various other expert curators to offer exclusive and interesting works to a wide audience.
I understand you’ll have works across various disciplines.
We are excited to unveil a new sculpture by renowned American artist Jedd Novatt, whose monumental work can be seen in Singapore on Scotts Road. We will also present an iconic work by Korean artist Chun Kwang Young, known for his structural works made of the assemblage of hundreds of polystyrene foam triangles wrapped in Korean mulberry paper called hanji. Other highlights are important sculptures by Armen Agop, Pablo Reinoso and Yves Dana.
In collaboration with Dynasties Antique & Art Gallery, Goshen Gallery brings world-renowned Chinese Ink Master, Prof Zhang Xing to Singapore for his 4th solo exhibition at ION Art from 23 – 29 Mar 2016.
Born in the Kunshan Jiangsu Province China in 1955, Prof. Zhang Xing has learnt his skills and techniques from Masters Zhang Jixin, Chen Dayu, Qian Juntao and Liu Haisu. He has since acquired a notable reputation in the art industry and serves on numerous national and international associations – including the Sino-Japanese Artist Exchange Association, the Arts and Crafts Artist Association, an academician of Art Research Institute of China, the Jiangsu Aesthetic Association of China, the Chinese Notable Painting & Calligraphy Academy and so on.
Although Zhang Xing’s works now hang in art galleries, museums, and private collections around the world, he continues to refine his bold, expressive style.
His 73-meter-long ink and wash painting Misty Rain in the South of Yangtze River was collected in the Guinness Book of World Records. In March 1998, Zhang Xing’s painting ‘Morning Songs from Fishing Boats’ was selected by Hong Kong government as a gift to American President Bill Clinton, and on Nov 6, 2007, his painting named ‘Great Achievement’ was given to former British prime minister Tony Blair as a national gift.
In his search for contemporary expression of traditional themes, he is forging a new path in Chinese folk painting. In this exhibition he will presented 60 pieces of his artworks, including water village landscape, flowers, fruits and birds.
Exhibition Dates: 23rd Mar – 29th Mar 2016
11:00am – 8:00pm
Official Opening: 23rd Mar 2016 at 6:30pm
Guest of Honor: Dr. Ho Kah Leong
President of Singapore Arts Federation
Venue: 2 Orchard Turn, ION Orchard,
Level 4 ION Art,
For Enquiries: 9846 2098 | 9742 3621
UOB partners Pathlight School to launch an art exhibition titled Sky Deep – to showcase the artistic abilities and unique talents of the school’s autism students. Through the exhibition, viewers will be drawn into the world of the community portrayed in detail, through the artwork created by 14 artists from the school.
Amongst the artists is Mr Ezra Chan, an award winner of the 2015 UOB Painting of the Year Competition, Glenn Phua and Tay Jun-Yi.
The exhibition runs from 23 February 2016 to 27 March 2016 with paintings displayed for sale. Proceeds go to Pathlight School and the artists (aged between 13 and 22)