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.