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Natalie Dyer in Singapore – Magic at her fingertips

Watching Natalie Dyer paint is mesmerizing. Her immense focus, attention to detail and pure joy she exudes from creating magic out of an empty canvas is quite a treat for fans of the Queensland-based artist. Her contemporary figurative style often portrays blissful women with softly-flowing curves, indulging in joyful and playful companionship. Combined with her classic use of rich, vibrant and colourful abstracts to highlight the surrounds and landscape, Natalie’s paintings are striking and bold, yet manage to effortlessly convey a sense of elegance and light-heartedness in each of her creations. Through her work, Natalie seeks to give her viewers a little bit of “time out” to appreciate the little, but important things in life that can sometimes be overlooked. Continue reading

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Murder in San Jose by Chong Mui-Ngam

April Fools’ Day saw me chilling (bone-chilling that is) with the cast of “Murder in San Jose”, a psychological thriller which premiered at the 37th Hong Kong Arts Fest to rave reviews from the media and audiences, having swept four major awards at the 2009 Hong Kong Drama Awards, including Best Script, Best Director and Best Actress for Alice Lau. A special commission for the 2009-2011 Hong Kong Arts Fest, and counting this run in Singapore, it has been staged more than 30 times. Fascinated with such a track record and wondering how the delivery of a Hong Kong play can be, plus this being the first time the Esplanade is actually presenting a Cantonese theatre production, what better way to get acquainted with the play in language than to watch one in action? Continue reading

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Dou Rong Jun, Men’s Fashion Week 2011, Singapore

In conjunction with Singapore’s inaugural Men’s Fashion Week 2011, Ode To Art hosted a booth at the ‘Fashion Metropolis’ in the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre. A strip of faux carpet grass lined the walkway leading to the gallery, flanked by several Xie Ai Ge and Wu Liang Yan sculpture masterpieces. The main gallery itself featured works by prolific sculptors David Begbie, Rainer Lagemann and Cai Zhi Song and artist Dou Rong Jun. As it was MFW, the male pieces showcased by Ode To Art were distinctively and provocatively homme, masculine in all forms. Dou Rong Jun, one of the featured artists, graced the closing night with a live painting demonstration. Continue reading

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Mashiko, Japan


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We had the opportunity to meet an extremely talented local ceramic artist over the Lunar New Year period this year and she recommended that we visit the small village of Mashiko on our upcoming trip to Tokyo. Having a great interest (bordering on fetish) in Japanese ceramics, we were, of course, thrilled to hear about this thriving pottery town, some 100km north of Tokyo; the only thing that was standing in our way from jumping on the first train to Mashiko, was the journey. Continue reading

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Art Stage Singapore 2011 – David LaChapelle, Liu Zhou Quan and more

From 12-16 Jan 2011, Marina Bay Sands played host to over 120 of the top galleries in Asia, catapulting Singapore into the international arts scene overnight. Directed by Art Basel’s Lorenzo Rudolf, Art Stage Singapore featured the best of the best names in art with the likes of superstars David LaChapelle, Picasso, Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselman. Alongside were Asian contemporary masterpieces by Takashi Murakami (Japan), Ai Weiwei and Zhou Cunya (China), Subodh Gupta (India), Kim Dong Yoo (Korea) and Li Chen (Taiwan), among others. Continue reading

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