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Sculptures and Paintings
Sun Yu-li is best known for his iconic public sculptures throughout Singapore’s landscape which include Abundance II (1995) located at Suntec City, the famous illusion of a monumental bronze ring; Land Before Time (1998) displaying a towering string of figures at the frontage of The Paragon on Orchard Road, Window of Hope (2010) in Collyer Quay, and of course Family (2018) at KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital, are amongst many others.
Born Nanjing, China (1948) and educated in Taiwan, architect-turned-artist Sun Yu-li has dedicated much of his early career in relentless pursuit of a “formal language of the metaphysical” which he has coined the “Universal Language”. Sun employs simple characters and symbols in his work to experience an epiphany of the origins of aesthetics and language. Form, meaning and communication touch and synthesize; a thought to be when the task of early consciousness take hold in young children, and drawings become the earliest development of human communication, also regarded as the universal system of primary expression.
In addition to his artistic and intellectual pursuits, Sun Yu-li has been instrumental in supporting and enabling the growth of three-dimensional art and its appreciation in Singapore. Many sculptors and artists today are indebted to Sun for his effort in founding Sculpture Square (1995-2014) as a dedicated home for Singapore sculpture and other 3D art forms. In 2007, Sun co-founded the ground-up initiative, Emily Hill Artist Village which served as a home to over eleven artists and creative organisations. Over the course of his career, Sun has contributed much of his time and expertise to charity efforts, educational outreach and in advisory roles.
Raffy Napay originally used oil paints, until he developed an adverse allergy to the medium. Whilst recovering, he explored the potential of other materials, and explored working with the available threads and textiles at home.
Ferdie Montemayor is a keen observer of life in the “macro” scale and goes into details of how people interact in the public and private spaces. He would work to a point where he represents the city as occupying a whole planet, a global village. His canvases often feature the artist's active brushwork, defined by a combination of long and short strokes of paint, often in monochrome, or strong hues of warm colours.
HANSEN THIAM SUN
Hansen's style is marked by an original and distinctive play of strokes that are characteristically simple and spontaneous. Yet his works overflow with reflections of life in its myriad manifestations - reflection that are both subtle and philosophical. As a result, he developed a unique style that is a mixture of semi abstract and minimalist art.
Filipino artist Iggy Rodriguez has continually responded to a tradition of Social Realism and politically-engaged practice in Philippine art. He spent the mid-1990s as a member of UGAT Lahi, an artist collective making works for street and public protests in Manila.
A maestro of the ‘dark and perfect art’ – EJ Cabangon is renowned for his signature hyper-realistic oil paintings rendered in very fine detail, paying particular attention to minutiae, his works are never strict interpretations of scenes or subjects. He utilises subtle pictorial elements to create the illusion of a reality, nudging the viewer to understand its underlying truth.