Staff Picks


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.
Morning Road
Hong Viet Dung
2017

Generally, Hong uses pale and distinctly muted colours to bring a sense of calmness and contemplation...
Spring Memory
Hong Viet Dung
2017

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Sunset over river
Hong Viet Dung
2017

Hong Viet Dung was born in 1962 in Hanoi and graduated with a degree in Painting from the Hanoi Industrial...
Quietude
Hong Viet Dung
2017

Hailing from Hanoi, Vietnam, Hong Viet Dung (born in 1962) was an apprentice at the Pham Viet Son Painting...
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Hong Viet Dung
2017

In his recent works, Ha Long Bay, the subject matter goes beyond reminding the viewers of the Vietnamese...
Nighttime Dreaming
Hong Viet Dung
2017

In this series called Ha Long Bay, the subject matter goes beyond reminding the viewers of the Vietnamese...
Reflective Gold
Hong Viet Dung
2017

In this series called Ha Long Bay, the subject matter goes beyond reminding the viewers of the Vietnamese...

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. 
Lucian Freud 你是我的想象11
Ren Zhen Yu
2012

Ren paints a portrait of Lucian Freud, a renowned artist of the 20th century known for his portraits...
Joseph Beuys 你是我的想象三
Ren Zhen Yu
2012

A China Policeman 你是我的想象5.
Ren Zhen Yu
2009

R1 - Steve Jobs - 你是我的想象10
Ren Zhen Yu
2012

Jo - In this work, Ren depicts a portrait of Steve Jobs, the world’s leading icon for user-friendly...
毛泽东
Ren Zhen Yu


Sigmar Polke - 你是我的想象1
Ren Zhen Yu
2012

是我的想象12
Ren Zhen Yu
2012

毛主席
Ren Zhen Yu
2012

Mao's face created by Ren Zhen Yu represents Mao in his brilliance. In his last decades, he was a source...
Sophia Loren 索非亚-罗兰
Ren Zhen Yu
2016

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Disparity Between Belief and Reality II -你相信但你得不到二
Ren Zhen Yu
2016

In this divergent series of works, Ren portrays multiple characters, unrestricted from the traditional...
Disparity Between Belief and Reality - 你相信但你得不到-
Ren Zhen Yu
2016

In this divergent series of works, Ren portrays multiple characters, unrestricted from the traditional...

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. 
春常在 Unabating Spring
Hong Zhu An
2016

Like the arrival of Spring, the new season in his life inspires and empowers, bringing new power and...
春回大地 Return of Spring
Hong Zhu An
2016

Hong Zhu An’s unique blend of western and Eastern art techniques transforms in the light of a new season...
风 Zephyr
Hong Zhu An
2016

Two scenes can be perceived in the painting, differentiated by the style of calligraphy, pigments and...
春风 Spring Wind
Hong Zhu An
2016

The atmosphere of re-invigoration and refreshment that accompanies Spring are presented by the cool washes...
春浓 Spring Embracing
Hong Zhu An
2016

The unstained and pure symbolism of the lotus inspired Hong Zhu An to incorporate the allusive flower...
春色无边 Boundless Colors of Spring
Hong Zhu An
2016

Spring is one of the most favoured seasons, and Hong Zhu An characterises this inclination with the use...
飘 Drift
Hong Zhu An
2016

Hong Zhu An’s unwavering spirit of change and transformation ushers in a new season, a renewal of the...
绿 Verdant
Hong Zhu An
2016

The introduction of lotus flowers in his new works is significant to Hong Zhu An's spirit of transformation...
恬淡 Ambience
Hong Zhu An
2016

The calming shades create a balm that soothes and calms the viewer's hearts as they look into the picture...
余闲 Respite
Hong Zhu An
2014

Calligraphy is the extension of Hong Zhu An’s art of expression; he conveys power, thoughts and emotion...
水 Stream
Hong Zhu An
2016

The three fluid and thick strokes stretching vertically across the painting is reminiscent of the ancient...
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Hong Zhu An
2016

Hong plays with minimalistic composition planes, presenting a clear-cut edge in the segregated spaces...
静静 Quietude
Hong Zhu An
2016

Hong Zhu An’s unique use of colours and abstraction bring forth the quiet reflection and tranquillity...
春暖 Warmth of Spring
Hong Zhu An
2015

Western and Eastern art techniques blend together to form a unique art style characteristic of Hong Zhu...
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Hong Zhu An
2016

Hong Zhu An's unabating spirit has propelled many changes in his paintings throughout his career as an...
CSS-和风着绿 With Wind Comes Spring
Hong Zhu An
2016

000129-Dreamy outlines of lotus stalks against the calm shades of blue; Hong Zhu An blends contemporary...
净 Virtuous
Hong Zhu An
2016

KU - Colour use, linear perspectives, calligraphy and visuals of the East are the key components in Hong...

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.
锻炼知觉, Cognizance Instilled I
Liu ZhengYong


With anatomy and busts being his most common subjects, Zheng Yong reveals an expressionist fascination...
时间之书三, Book of Time III
Liu ZhengYong


Liu focuses on portraits, most of them featuring sculptured torsos or busts. They possess a wide range...
锻炼知觉二, Cognizance Instilled II
Liu ZhengYong


Besides striking visuals, Zheng Yong’s technique betrays his age in a mastery of brush and composition...

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. 
Mona Lisa
Park Seung Mo
2015

KU - In this ethereal wire portrait, Park Seung Mo pays homage to the most mysterious smile in the world...
Lee Kuan Yew
Park Seung Mo


Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear and Pipe
Park Seung Mo
2014

Lee Kuan Yew
Park Seung Mo


With flawless technique, Park Seung Mo uses overlapping wire layers and applies a subtractive method...
Gandhi
Park Seung Mo
2014

The photorealistic wire portrait of Park Seung Mo is flawless in its creation of 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.
Multi-color Coat 五彩衣裳no.4
Wang Lei
2012

Art of Wang Lei evolves into another dimension by using unusual materials which are delicately knitted...
The Chinese Bible
Wang Lei
2015

In this masterpiece, the artist Wang Lei introduces a simple custom, which design belongs to the past...
Landmarks of the World
Wang Lei
2015

Another custom from Ming Dynasty which is knitted by the hands of the artist accurately in honor of the...
Toilet Paper Fashion
Wang Lei


Toilet Paper Fashion
Wang Lei


Cultural China - "Ci Hai"
Wang Lei


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Wang Lei


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.
Pool Party
Knakorn Kachacheewa
2014

In Knakorn Kachacheewa's paintings first visible characteristic is the control of a mastermind over all...
Ballet Girl
Knakorn Kachacheewa


Knakorn Kachacheewa organizes his compositions in an extreme geometric pattern which may convey the feeling...
Woman on Horseback
Knakorn Kachacheewa
2014

In Woman on Horseback (2014), a young lady sits backwards on a small pony. The two are surrounded by...

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.
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Wang Tiande


A scenic panel of four connecting pieces expands into a vast valley of thought. The artist Wang Tiande...
后山 1
Wang Tiande


The presence of overlapping layers enriches the whole concept with the presence of time. This imbues...

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. 

Rainer Lagemann at Capri by Fraser, Changi City, Singapore
Rainer Lagemann


Rainer Lagemann at Capri by Fraser, Changi City, Singapore
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Rainer Lagemann
2014

Jl Rainer Lagemann says: “I use metal squares to sculpt the human form, creating works that elicit...
Cliff Diver 2 (CSG_000114)
Rainer Lagemann


Rainer shows us his ability to build sculptures that rethink the human form as a medium of artistic expression...
Hanging On
Rainer Lagemann


Rainer Lagemann is an artist who takes the classic artistic medium of expression and beauty, the human...

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.
Asian Civilization Museum
Ong Kim Seng
2013

From the Esplanade
Ong Kim Seng
2013

Ong Kim Seng has made a name for himself with his watercolour paintings rendered 'en plein air.' He is...
Unloading at the Singapore River
Ong Kim Seng
2014

Ref Jazz/Aud Using a one-point perspective, Ong Kim Seng evokes nostalgia with a portrayal of Singapore’s...
Rochor Road
Ong Kim Seng
2012

“You can’t get whiter than the paper itself!” Ong likes to joke. This rings true as Ong is fond...
MICA Building
Ong Kim Seng
2010

Ong never fails to craft a compelling poem and narrative through his watercolour pieces. Overseeing the...
Lane of Little India
Ong Kim Seng
1995

Ong Kim Seng uses the power of perspective to draw his viewers deeper into his paintings. His fluid strokes...
Canal in Venice
Ong Kim Seng
2011

Ong Kim Seng is able to organise complex scenery into a picturesque composition that is pleasing to the...
Melaka River
Ong Kim Seng
1999

Said to be the birthplace of Melaka, Sumatran prince Parameswaran founded the Melaka Sultanate here and...

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.


Horse (Cavallo)
Fernando Botero


Fernando Botero is widely recognised for his voluptuous sculptures. The key subject matter for his sculptures...
On The Beach
Fernando Botero


Softly tone and styled in vintage appropriations, Fernando Botero’s ‘On the Beach’ is a snapshot...
Dancers II
Fernando Botero


With his distinct style depicting rotund figures, Botero presents a pair of dancers moving with restraint...
Woman Undressing
Fernando Botero
1997

Botero’s works are acclaimed and easily recognised by his unique style - ‘Boterismo’. His depiction...
Woman on a Horse
Fernando Botero
2014

Botero is known to create sculptures of humans and animals of his iconic style. In Woman on a Horse,...
Adamo
Fernando Botero


Adamo creates an interesting paradox, a queasy oddity with critical commentary about people. The figure...
Trapezistas
Fernando Botero
2007

Circus figures are commonly drawn by Botero as collective fragments of his study on people. Trapezistas...
Naked Woman
Fernando Botero


Women without any clothing have been a major subject of Art since the Renaissance, and the depiction...
The Ringmaster
Fernando Botero


The artist diffuses his concepts through drawings, showing how curves embrace gracefulness by depicting...