Born in Korea in 1963, Lee Jung Woong is the masterful creator of the internationally acclaimed 'Brush' series of paintings. Bold, profound and breathtakingly dramatic - Lee Jung Woong’s intricate works command lucidity in spite of the abstract, and empower the objects of his depiction with hyper-realistic life. Having attained his Masters in Fine Arts from Keimyung University, Korea, Lee’s wo
Chen Wen Ling Chinese
Chen Wen Ling was born in 1969 in China and is recognized as one of the top ten contemporary sculptors in the international art industry today. Since graduating from the Xiamen Academy of Art where he studied in the sculpture department followed by Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, his exhibitions have been held in numerous prestigious exhibitions all around the world. In 1999, Ch
Yu Nancheng Chinese
Changzhou, Jiangsu Province in 1956, Yu Nancheng currently resides in Shanghai and
has been engaged in art creation for more than 40 years. His artworks have been exhibited across China and are collected by art institutions and
professional art collectors around the world in locations such as the U.S, Germany,
Switzerland, France, England, Japan and the Middle Eastern countri
Ren Zhen Yu Chinese
Born in Tianjin in 1976, Ren Zhenyu graduated in 1999 from the Oil Painting Department at Tianjin Academy of Fine Art, where he currently works as a lecturer. His talent was recognized and appreciated by renowned galleries and distinguished collectors throughout China, and he achieved fame in Europe through his distinct portrait series of historical and political icons, such as Andy
Qin Feng Chinese
Qin Feng is an iconic modernist ink painter whose work transcends generations to bind Chinese traditions of ink painting and Western Abstract art. Grounded in traditional Chinese brushwork, his expressive compositions serve as bold and dramatic meditations on time and motion. Born in 1961 in Xinjiang, China, Qin graduated from Shangdong Art Institute in China and has won s
Lim Tze Peng Singaporean
Born in Singapore in 1921, Lim Tze Peng is one of Singapore’s most significant artists and a living legend. Renowned for his Chinese ink creations of post-independence Singapore, he also practices Chinese calligraphy. Alongside local and international exhibitions, his masterpieces are exhibited in prominent Singapore institutions and part of many prestigious collections. Lim has been bestowed se
Ong Kim Seng Singaporean
Born in 1945 in Singapore, Ong Kim Seng is an internationally renowned watercolorist and one of Singapore’s most prominent artistic icons. Self-taught and self-supported, the artist has participated in group and solo exhibitions in Singapore and in the United States, China, United Kingdom, Japan , Australia, Belgium, Germany, France, Middle East, Taiwan and Hong Kong. He has won a mult
Wang Tiande Chinese
Born in 1960 in China, Wang Tiande is one of the most significant and innovative calligraphers of present times, internationally renowned for his revolutionary takes on traditional Chinese art. A graduate of the Chinese Painting Department at the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts in 1988, the artist is now dean and professor at the Art and Design Department of the prestigious Fudan University in Shang
Fernando Botero Colombian
Born in 1932 in Medellin, Colombia, Fernando Botero is an artistic living legend of our times. A prolific artist and creator of the signature style ‘Boterismo’, the artist’s rounded musings have made him a global figure in the contemporary art world, and the artistic ambassador of Colombian pursuit. Rounded from convention, distinctive in spite of the commonplace, and tied to
Lee Kuan Yew Park Seung Mo 2015
Marble Chair Ai Weiwei 2008
In this sculpture entitled "Marble Chair,” Ai Weiwei carved stone into the shape of an antique Chinese...
Imprint of Memory Hong Zhu An
In his works, Hong Zhu An has intentionally made the otherwise translucent rice paper opaque; making...
Wooded Trail Choy Moo Kheong 2016
CSS-Homage #7 Dedy Sufriadi 2016
From one of Sufraidi's Homage series, Homage #7 draws in attention with the usage of white...
Morning Markets LP Lim Tze Peng
The monochromatic images of that Lim Tze Peng depicts in ink, while similar to his other pieces in terms...
Ode to Motherland No.5 Cai Zhi Song
Ode to Motherland No. 5 emanates pain and suffering, with the warrior's body twisted and contorted in...
Bruce Lee Syaiful A Rachman 2017
Another Place by Hong Viet Dung As one of the founding members of the Gang of Five, Hanoi-based artist Hong VietDung is no stranger to international fame. His landscape works are often woolly, using gradients to outline his subject matters and often, his works are described as peaceful and tranquil. His works convey a meditative spirit, no doubt inspired by his devotion to the Buddhist faith. As a renowned painter, Hong has exhibited internationally including Russia, Germany, Singapore, Norway, and Japan. He participated in the Europ’Art International Art Fair in Geneva, Switzerland and also held a retrospective of his works in the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum and Singapore Art Museum. Apart from that, some of his works have been auctioned in international auction houses like Christies.
Ren Zhen Yu's Pop and Politics Ren Zhenyu's interpretation of other emblematic figures of the last 50 years include Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Queen Elizabeth II, Diana, Princess of Wales, Barack Obama, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Deng Xiaoping, Lee Kwan Yew, Damian Hirst etc.
Through his bold, mesmerising portraits, Ren investigates the concept and nature of the term 'icon', raising questions about what makes a figure iconic and how that perception is perpetuated.
In Ren's portrait of Deng Xiaoping, leader of the Communist Party of China, Deng was a reformer who led China towards a market economy. Deng became the core of the "second generation" of Chinese leadership. He is considered "the architect" of a new brand of socialist thinking. Deng opened China to foreign investment, the global market, and limited private competition. He was generally credited with developing China into one of the fastest growing economies in the world for over 30 years and raising the standard of living of hundreds of millions of Chinese.
Unabating Spring - Hong Zhu An Hong Zhu An's paintings glow with the layered pigments that are placed stroke by stroke upon rice paper, the under-layers burning their way to the surface of the blocks of the colors. Each layer consists of thousands of calligraphic strokes, creating an expanse of color and depth.
Hong Zhu An has a deep love of the line or stroke and his understanding of its importance as a fundamental of Chinese artistic expression does not contradict his search for new avenues in Chinese art. Wielding his brush fearlessly even as he charts new artistic territory, Hong Zhu An allies eye and hand in brave new ways to connect with the age old Chinese sensibility, the ability to converse with nature and make it scintillate on intellectual, philosophical and spiritual levels that are uniquely his. His works are resplendent because they reveal the beauty of the world, life, and man. From oracle bone inscriptions, to calligraphy, to the glaze blue arabesques of Ming porcelain, the line is more aesthetically and philosophically fundamental to Chinese culture, so necessary that painters spend a lifetime mastering it.
Liu Zhengyong's New Form of Movements A young acclaimed Chinese artist with a strong focus on expressionism painting, Liu Zhen Yong will exhibit his latest works at the much anticipated Art Stage 2016 Singapore on behalf of Ode to Art Gallery. His artworks have its roots in traditional Chinese painting. Through his artworks, viewers can discern the essence of Chinese painting, namely yi qi —a standard of good paintings in ancient China— and shen si —images of people and mountains that are in a state similar and dissimilar to the original forms. Liu had Exhibited in international shows in France, Italy, USA and Germany.
Encountering the Dark - Park Seung Mo Born in Korea, sculptor Park Seung Mo, who received his degree in Fine Arts at Dong A University in Korea in 1998, creates giant ephemeral portraits by cutting layer after layer of wire mesh. Each work begins with a photograph which is superimposed over layers of wire with a projector then, using a subtractive technique, Park slowly snips away areas of mesh. Each piece is several inches thick and each plane that forms the final image is spaced a few finger widths apart, giving the portraits a depth and dimensionality.
A World of Knitting - Wang Lei Chinese contemporary artist, Wang Lei has been converting materials into objects with the bold use of his knitting techniques. The artist does not use wool, thread or yarn to produce his artworks. Rather, he uses paper from materials significant to him, such as the Bible, Tao Te Ching, dictionaries, newspapers and even toilet paper. The Henan-born artist incorporates these texts into his handmade clothes by careful and meticulous knitting. His dedication is shown as he slices each paper into narrow strips, dampens them and finally roll and twist them into yarn from which he then starts knitting with exquisite control. Wang Lei's thoughts on life and issues are imprinted figuratively onto the clothes he produces, even as he leaves the interpretation up to viewers.
The Jungle of Form, Colour and Tempo - Knakorn Kachacheewa An artist of Thai heritage, the Eastern elements in Kashashiva’s works are intricate and woven seamlessly into his whimsical style. Thai art has long held a tradition of two dimensional depictions, where primary elements are kept isolated through the use of transformative space. Using this as his canvas of composition, the artist creates his imagery in distinctly Western styles, with dark green foliage bringing to mind the fantastic worlds of Rousseau, and his patterned segmentation ringing clearly of Pop technique. The resulting meld is a stunning aesthetic that carries a porcelain sheen of delicate perfection while still carving out contours of a determined brush stroke. The artist also maintains a deliberate and eye-catching colour palette which communicates a tonality of serenity, allowing the vivid components to command attention as individual spaces. The artist creates this effect through constant contrast, colour blocking with the illusion of negative space and rounding off his brightest hues with translucence. This remarkable coalescence of colour executed through his distinct use of both blended and evident strokes, allows for images that draw the eye to every edge and detail, while harmonizing its elements into an en masse feast for the senses.
Mountain Foreward - Wang Tiande Born in 1960 in China, Wang Tiande is one of the most significant and innovative calligraphers of present times, internationally renowned for his revolutionary takes on traditional Chinese art. A graduate of the Chinese Painting Department at the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts in 1988, the artist is now dean and professor at the Art and Design Department of the prestigious Fudan University in Shanghai. Characteristically using incense sticks to burn symbols which resemble Chinese characters onto rice paper, Wang Tiande’s work has been collected by the British Museum, London, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Boston Museum of Fine Art, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Shanghai Museum of Art, Guangdong Art Museum, Shenzhen Art Museum and JP Morgan Bank.
Rainer Lagemann at Capri by Fraser, Changi City, Singapore Employing metallic squares to represent the core intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual dimensions of human beings, Rainer Lagemann creates figures that represent the tribulations and ecstasy of human life while celebrating the grace of form. Creating powerful imagery of both tangible form and transient shadows, the artist manipulates lighting and space, pushing singular definitions of physical dimensions by adding variables of expression, while simultaneously instilling meaning into each aspect.
Rainer Lagemann's works were commissioned through Ode to Art by hospitality client Capri by Fraser to adorn the walls of its luxurious new location at Changi City, Singapore.
Singapore's Master of Watercolor - Ong Kim Seng Behind luscious strokes and the iridescent blend of aquarelle, lies the hand of a man enchanted by light, devoted to colour, and inspired by the sincerity of original artistic creation. A self-taught observer, traveller and passionate learner, Ong Kim Seng has ascended the ranks of formal appreciation to claim his title as one of the most celebrated watercolourists of our age. His work has propelled his name into international renown and made him a modern-day cultural treasure.
Voluptuous in Vogue - The Works of Fernando Botero Using his images as his language of expression, Botero is a narrator. He is a teller of fables, with his power lying in the depiction of the sedentary. Notions of wisdom are wrapped in subtleties of irony and, at times, scathing commentary. Turning traditional concepts on their head and shifting viewpoints from societal stereotypes to unassuming endearment, the forms of Botero are champions of the unspoken and unseen. They are expressive and grandiose, creators of their own standards of beauty.
Ode to Art is proud to display a glimpse into the jolly, rotund world of the great Fernando Botero. A wide array of sketches, paintings and sculptures are testament to the prowess, versatility and creative ingenuity of this landmark artist.
Now On Show
Fly to Love by Coplu Coplu 24th May - 7th June 2017 Ode To Art Raffles City
Another Place by Hong Viet Dung Hong Viet Dung 27th April - 7th May 2017 Ode To Art Raffles City
Ford's unique texturescapes evolved from his studies of sculpture and optical arts. An artist of versatility and great originality, he has spent time in the Far East, during which he acquired an artistic acumen that challenges western perspectives and became inspired to explore the Chinese idea of taking a journey through the landscapes. The landscapes are all about preserving the integrity of the place while expressing feelings that were awakened when he was there.
It began with Ford studying the landscapes, and in time, detaching himself from it to filter out the unnecessary details. Using his memory, he captures the spirit of what he has seen on his canvasses, creating powerful impressions, rather than representations, of the place. Ode To Art is delighted to present his second solo exhibition in Singapore, Rhythms of Nature.
As a prolific artist in the pen and wash technique, Singaporean artist Chin Chun Wah Harry’s comeback is seen as a natural and inevitable transition after a 43-years hiatus. Most of his earlier works are of old Singapore street scenes, especially those in Chinatown, the Singapore River and its surrounding areas—all favorite spots for outdoor sketching and painting by Singapore artists, even today. Chin’s skillful sketching techniques and perfect perspectives can be seen in the way he depict scenes with light, deft strokes rendered within minutes. Ode to Art is delighted to present Chin Chun Wah Harry’s Moments, a tribute to Singapore’s history of urbanization and modernization.
A young acclaimed Chinese artist with a strong focus on expressionism painting, Liu Zhen Yong will exhibit his latest works at the much anticipated Art Stage 2016 Singapore on behalf of Ode to Art Gallery. His artworks have its roots in traditional Chinese painting. Through his artworks, viewers can discern the essence of Chinese painting, namely yi qi —a standard of good paintings in ancient China— and shen si —images of people and mountains that are in a state similar and dissimilar to the original forms. Liu had Exhibited in international shows in France, Italy, USA and Germany.
Internationally acclaimed sculptor and painter Wu Qiong is back in town to present his exhibition, Here and Now. This exhibition is his open invitation into a state of consciousness replete with luscious dreamscapes, whimsical characters and compositions. His newer masterpieces are more subtle, allowing more open-ended interpretations and portraying more powerful emotions and feelings.
These visceral feelings are communicated through postures, facial expressions and depiction of characters. This allows for more emphasis on individual characters and development of their emotions. Wu’s distinctive cartoon style is obvious, and it resonates with the aesthetic of a generation absorbed with graphic novels, comics, digital worlds, animation and gaming.
The characters have their eyes closed and mouths agape. Their upturned faces and shut eyes suggest that havoc is unfolding in their dreams. Wu hopes to tap upon this notion through the recurring use of this facial expression, allowing viewers to draw their own associations with the different scenarios presented in his works.
“Here and Now represents an entry point into a state of mind or being, with no single definition or explanation as to where ‘here’ is. I want to engage in a dialogue with viewers, introducing scenarios that would provoke thought or trigger memories and experiences. I want to highlight the wealth of emotions contained within my characters. They are a manifestation of common emotions and considerations of society; hopefully these feelings will resonate with viewers even if the situations and contexts, which I present them in, do not,” says Wu.
Paying tribute to the cultural density of an astounding artistic movement, Ode to Art is delighted to present Voice of Korean Art: a group exhibition showcasing dynamic and awe-inspiring works of five contemporary artists coveted by collectors around the world.
For every outlet of expression, there is a voice; and the voice of Korean Art has ascended into a vibrant crescendo of individuality, taking contemporary expression by storm and leading an entire generation towards a renewed modern artistic exploration.
In his forty years of practicing art, Yu Nancheng has learnt from the foreign artistic traditions, keeping in mind the essence of traditional Chinese culture, reinterpreting this blend of rich cultural heritage in the light of modern age with a genuine contemporary touch.
Amongst whirlwind colour and dizzying brushstroke illusions lie the astute observations of a social thinker, observing the modern world from eyes that acutely bring to life the vistas behind streams of consciousness. Moulding representation into painterly abstract, the experienced hand of Indra Wahyu channels emotion and energy through composition and subject with a raw truth that has become the trademark of the present age of firebrand Indonesian artists. Insightful, honest, and yet filled with the cascading motion of aesthetic flow, the art of Indra Wahyu is a flurry of snapshot reality, encased in fantastical imagery.
LUCA PERIOTTO: A PORTRAIT OF LIU RUOWANG - BLACK WOLVES. 2015
Liu Ruo Wang's exclusive interview with Luca Periotto about his series display in Italy.
Featuring Ode to Art
This short clip is taken from the Russian Program, http://zhannepozheni.friday.ru/videos/vipuski/singapore , which featured a newlywed and their adventures in Singapore. The bride is a painter and her other half had always wanted her to paint something for him. Finally, she gets it done in Ode to Art Gallery with the help of the various artworks around her as inspiration.
Ode to Art presents: Studio Sessions with Hong Zhu An Hong Zhu An With training in both Western and Eastern art, Hong Zhu An's work remains inherently Asian with his focus on calligraphy, the line and large-scale paintings. Granted the illustrious UOB Painting of the Year 'Grand Award' in 1994, his work is included in corporate and public collections such as The Spencer Museum, Princeton University Museum and the National Gallery in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Ode to Art Presents Lim Tze Peng Lim Tze Peng Ode To Art is delighted to present the solo exhibition of veteran artist Lim Tze Peng titled Impressions. It will be a celebration of the bold calligraphy paintings of Lim Tze Peng that exude immense passion, strength and vitality. A special selection of 95 works is showcased in honour of the Cultural Medallion awardee and Singapore's oldest living second-generation artist who turns 95 this year.
Lim Tze Peng achieved a stylistic breakthrough with the development of a new style of abstract calligraphy or 糊涂字 (known as hu tu zi). Emphasizing expressiveness and elegance of strokes instead of the actual meaning of the words, some of the works have layers written atop each other with words appearing so cursive and abstract that it is difficult to decipher the characters present.Ode To Art cordially invites you to join us on a historic evening as we celebrate Lim Tze Peng's 95th birthday and his works that have been enshrined in the Singapore art scene.
Ode to Art presents: Stefan Buana - Face to Peace Stefan Buana Ode to Art is pleased to present a solo exhibition for a rising star in the Indonesian arts scene - Stefan Buana, titled Face to Peace.
An intrepid explorer when it comes to the use of materials to create texture, the unique artworks of Stefan Buana consist of string, torched metal and even rice grains. Depicting the smiling faces of communities as well as portraits of familiar icons from Jokowi to Obama, this experimental artist makes both social and political statements in his abstract works . He has held numerous solo and group exhibitions in Yogyakarta, Bali and Jakarta and was the recipient of the Phillip Morris Art Award in 2003.
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Ode to Art presents: Ronnie Ford - Landscapes and Life Ronnie Ford Ode to Art is delighted to present our artist-in-residence, Ronnie Ford.
The pioneer of "Texturescapes" - a scintillating coalescence of three-dimensional sculpture and painting, Scottish artist Ronnie Ford presents landscapes in a completely new light. His highly textured work paired with vibrant and contrasting colour is evocative and generates a frisson of excitement in the viewer, reinventing the idyllic lavender fields of Provence and other scenes from his travels in an imaginative and whimsical manner. Ronnie Ford captures the spirit and essence of a place, with work reminiscent of the Post-Impressionist masters; infused with a contemporary twist.
Ong Kim Seng - Nostalgia in Transformation Ong Kim Seng Ode To Art is deeply honored to present master of watercolor: Ong Kim Seng's solo exhibition.
Behind languid strokes and the iridescent meld of transient color, lies the hand of a man enchanted by light, devoted to color, and inspired by the honesty held within the artistic throes of creation. A self-taught observer, traveler and passionate learner- Ong Kim Seng has climbed the ranks of formal appreciation to claim his title as one of the most celebrated water colorists of our age, etching his name into international renown and staking his claim as a modern-day cultural treasure.