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Thirty years ago, I explored mixed medium for painting. I used sands, cement, cloths, diapers, leather, papers, spray paints etc to add onto my painting. Here is a photo of my works and that were published in an art book “Change, 20 Singapore Artists – A decade of their work”. You can see I used sands and cements for these paintings, the works were made in 1983 and 1985 respectively.

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Yes, artists used a wide variety of medium for their artwork to express their ideas. From now till April 2015, you can view an art exhibition called Medium at Large exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum. The artwork mediums in this exhibition range from oil paint, to rattan, soap, honey, hair… The artists in this exhibition are: Heman Chong, Ye Shufang, Ian Woo, Renato Orara, Nadiah Bamadhaj, Alvin Zafra, Chen Sai Hua Kuan, Tran Luong, Melati Suryodarmo, Chua Chey ATeck, Osang Gwon, Sopheap Pich, Mit Jai Inn, Mella Jaarsma, Titarubi, Wong Hoy CHeong, Gerardo Tan, Natee Utarit, Annie Cabigting, Alan Oei, Ranbir Kaleka, Jane Lee, Song Ming Ang, Zulkifle Mahmod, Ho Tzu Nyen, Gary Ross, Pastrana… I hope you will enjoy this contemporary art exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum.

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I am happy to be able to make art to express and share the joy I feel when I see this interesting world, the ever- changing world, I see the light, forms, patterns, colors, shadows and light, images and movement of images, space, proportions of things and their finishes, either beautiful or not so beautiful and when I aware of our thoughts, ideas, feelings and emotions, experience and knowledge, its speed and impacts of arising and disappearing…and enjoy the process of making art and the realization of artworks, be it 2D or 3D…

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Sometimes I decide to make changes to my painting. If I am not careful in making the changes, I may destroy the painting. Here is an example.

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After:

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Hope you can see what are the areas that I have made changes and let me know if you feel that I have destroyed the painting?

Show you two pendants that I made 10 years ago. 

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They are small pendants. Gone through very high temperature kiln firing process and then hand painted.

I remembered I painted my first wave painting that it was in oil medium, the size of it was more then four feet square. it was exhibited in my first one-man exhibition and it was sold during the exhibition. Della Butcher organized my first exhibition. It was a successful exhibition of introducing me into the art market in Singapore at that time. I painted a few more wave paintings after that. I did not paint wave painting for a long time till 2007 I started to paint wave again, this time were smaller in size. Anyway, I like to show you this wave painting that I painted in 2008. It is acrylic on canvas.

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I learn art in Singapore, firstly from my Secondary School art lessons, then I join the art society (art club) in School and learn from the art teachers, then I go to NAFA, learn drawing, Chinese painting, watercolor painting, seals carving, calligraphy… there I have the opportunity to see the seniors do sculpture, oil painting…then I study in Ngee Ann Technical College, then I work and I do lot of self study and experiments in different medium. Then I go to St. Patrick’s Art Center, there I learn drawing, painting, colour theory, art history, print making, ceramic, wood carving…painting is my major subject, since then I participate in many exhibitions. I have been living by art since 1986 till now. I practice art and teach art. You can visit my website of art class, painting lessons for adults at: http://pabha.com/artclass   You are welcome to join my art classes to have some art lessons. You will enjoy learning and practising art.

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If you wish to join my painting or drawing learning sessions, please visit website http://pabha.com/ArtClass for information and registration form. You can book your classes online at http://pabha.com/ArtClass/Page6.htm

 

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