Saturday, December 28, 2013

A chat with LianHeZaoBao

 LianHeZaoBao Article

Recently did a phone interview with journalist Yian Ping from Lianhe Zaobao. A very excited mum called to tell me she had read the article and that it had featured Broken Telephone (Another new work of mine). I love to amuse her from time to time with such pleasant news.

The article covers 3 other female artists: Sarah Choo, Jane Lee & Wang Meiqing for the upcoming Art Stage Singapore event, beginning Jan 16th.

Much thanks to the patient journalist who took time to listen to our hows and whys, and came up with this great coverage. This is definitely a neat kinda way to say goodbye 2013, and hello 2014!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Perfect Face on TODAY

I received an email from a TODAY reader who had shared with me about The Perfect Face published on one of the pages. I was totally caught off guard, and so astounded to see my own work! What a lovely surprise! Thank you very much Mayo Uno Martin for this coverage!

Read the article here.

Friday, November 15, 2013

New feature on The Business Times

'Night Market', featured on The Business Times
The Business Times, Friday Nov 15th 2013

Got a whiff of the latest news that another new work, Night Market, that I've came up with for Art Stage Singapore 2014 has been featured on The Business Times on Friday! A big thank you to Mr Helmi Yusof, arts correspondent of The Business Times, for this wonderful article!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Featured on TODAY Singapore

 Lotus by Jolene Lai, one of the featured Singaporean artists at Art Stage Singapore 2014. Photo: Jolene Lai / Galerie Sogan & Art

New work Lotus for upcoming Art Stage Singapore 2014, has been featured on TODAY! What a great honor! Special thanks to Mayo Martin for this wonderful article! I'll be collaborating with artist friend Sarah Choo at the South-east Asian platform, with Galerie Sogan & Art for this huge art event, which will be taking place on January 16-19th 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. Stay tuned for more updates!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Hide and Speak

Hide and Speak
Hide and Speak | Oil on canvas | 48 by 36 inches | 2013

Hide and Speak
Hide and Speak (Detail)

Hide and Speak
Hide and Speak (Detail)

Hide and Speak
Hide and Speak (Detail)

Here's the official reveal of Hide and Speak, a new oil painting that I've created, which has made its way to Singapore. The background of this piece is based on the void deck of my old residential building back home in Singapore. For awhile, I couldn't get the image of the lonely void deck out of my mind, and always knew I wanted to highlight it at some point of time in my work. Finally in 2013, I came up with a fun narrative that I thought would go well with this urban scene. Here's Hide and Speak.

'There is a place in my mind that is a capsule of nostalgia. It has — Multiple pillars painted in various colors with interesting geometrical patterns. A huge empty lot that houses bicycle racks, benches and recreational tables.

It can be — A massive playground where children gather to have fun. On a hot afternoon, it provides shelter for the construction workers who are drained from their hours of sunny laborious work. At times it is a location for weddings, and as a passerby, I get to momentarily breathe in a stranger's bliss. Other times, it is a spot for funeral processions and the harder I try to avoid the somber, the more it draws me in subconsciously, and I am left wondering about the life that he or she had. Sometimes, it is where the deranged homeless man hangs out, and I quicken my pace to avoid his blank stare. In the still of the night, it turns into a meeting spot where the cats come out to frolic.
This is the void deck of Singapore I grew up knowing, and the scene in the painting 'Hide and Speak' is set here where the inhabitants continually redefine its true meaning.

The painting begins as a fun and innocent child's play, but transgresses into a frightening hunt for playmates. It throws emphasis on the prevalent emotions of alienation in our densely populated communities, and at the same time, the ongoing desire not only to find others, but also to find oneself. 'Hide and Speak' signifies this ever growing and developing city, where each generation is continuously being challenged by the next to keep up with new emerging trends, culture and ideas. Some will be replaced, updated or eradicated by contemporaries. Some will be appropriated.

'Hide and Speak' is an oil on canvas painting that measures at dimensions of 48 by 36 inches.'

For inquiries on actual viewing and acquiring of this work, please contact Ms Vera Wijaya of Galerie Sogan & Art, at

Thursday, November 7, 2013

SCOPE Miami Beach

SCOPE Miami Beach 2013

SCOPE Miami Beach 2013

Photo-shoot for Eve
Photo-shooting for new work for SCOPE

Concept sketch for new work 'Eve'
Concept sketch for new work 'Eve'

Coming up next, SCOPE Miami 2013 this December. I'll be participating with Thinkspace for the first time, and stoked to be exhibiting alongside several talented artists! Here're some details of the show.

Featuring mini-solo showcases from Audrey Kawasaki and Dabs Myla
Plus new 12×12 inch works from:
Aaron Horkey
Aaron Nagel
Adam Caldwell
Alex Yanes
Allison Sommers
Amy Sol
Andy Kehoe
Anthony Clarkson
Ariel DeAndrea
Bec Winnel
Brett Amory
Brian Mashburn
Camilla d’Errico
Carl Cashman
Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker
David Cooley
David MacDowell
Derek Gores
Erik Jones
Esao Andrews
Fernando Chamarelli
Francesco LoCastro
Glenn Arthur
Henrik Aa. Uldalen
Jolene Lai
Joram Roukes
Keita Morimoto
Kevin Peterson
Kikyz 1313
Know Hope
Liz Brizzi
Low Bros
Marco Mazzoni
Mary Iverson
Pam Glew
Rodrigo Luff
Ryan Hewett
Sam Wolfe Connelly
Sarah Joncas
Seth Armstrong
Soey Milk
Stephanie Buer
Word To Mother
Yosuke Ueno
Wed | Dec 04 | 11:00AM – 8:00PM

Thurs | Dec 05 | 11:00AM – 8:00PM

Fri | Dec 06 | 11:00AM – 8:00PM

Sat | Dec 07 | 11:00AM – 8:00PM

Sun | Dec 08 | 11:00AM – 8:00PM
Tues | Dec 03 | 3:00PM – 9:00PM

For VIP and Press
 (or $100 donation at door)

Proceeds benefit The SCOPE Foundation
Free for VIP cardholders

First View | Tues | $100
General | Wed-Sun | $15
Student | Wed-Sun | $15

1000 Ocean Drive

Miami Beach, FL 33139


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Juxtapoz — Beyond Eden 2013

Juxtapoz — Beyond Eden 2013

Found out this morning that my work 'Nectar' for Beyond Eden 2013 — Wild at Heart II, was featured alongside several beautiful works on Juxtapoz's website. What a great morning surprise! In a few more hours, the official opening of this event at Barnsdall Park. Click here for more details to this event.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Fabrik feature

Fabrik feature

Spotted another feature of Nectar on Fabrik's website! Always so delighted to know the stuff you do is being enjoyed! Check out the really cool artwork of Nosego (above Nectar). I had a chance to meet the artist at Thinkspace awhile back and really enjoyed talking to this awesome dude. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Platinum Cheese Feature

Platinum Cheese Feature

A snippet of the work in progress of Nectar for Beyond Eden 2013 is being featured on Platinum Cheese's website! Thank you Thinkspace & Platinum Cheese!

This year's Beyond Eden is going to be a really exciting one, with participating galleries C.A.V.E. Gallery (Venice, CA), Copro Gallery (Santa Monica, CA), Spoke Art (San Francisco, CA), and Thinkspace (Culver City, CA) coming together at Barnsdall Park to celebrate the new contemporary art movement. This event is going to house tons of artists that I love, so I'm all hyped up about 12th of October!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

WIP of Nectar

Studio Shot

WIP of Nectar
Work in progress of 'Nectar'

Fruit Loops color palette
A Fruit Loops color palette

Coming soon to Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles this October — Beyond Eden 2013! I'm so delighted to be a part of this event, all thanks to Thinkspace Gallery for this wonderful opportunity. Here're some snaps of the piece that will be heading for this event.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Bad teeth on a very Bad Weather

The official music video of Bad Weather by Superhumanoids…portrayed some of the scary dreams I have at times. Starts beautiful and calm and always ends with fright.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Beyond Eden 2013

Beyond Eden | Juxtapoz: September Issue

Nectar | Canvas outline 

Coming up this October — Beyond Eden, a multi-gallery event that will be hosted by Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park. Here's a look at the work in progress canvas outline of the new work that I'll be producing for this show. More info here

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Artnois features 'After Midnight'

Artnois June 2013 Issue

Artnois June 2013 Issue

Artnois June 2013 Issue

Artnois June 2013 Issue

Works from After Midnight are featured in Artnois' June 2013' edition. Thank you Magda Becerra for this wonderful feature!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Those plastic ladies

Made of plastic, non-living and pale, they stop me at my tracks and somewhat demand for a piece of my attention. I snapped a few shots of them girls, and then for a second, expected one wink. I looked a little closer, then shrugged, and walked away. Oh them plastic ladies.

Supersonic Electronic

Thank you very much Supersonic Electronic for featuring my works!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Featured on Juxtapoz

After Midnight featured on Juxtapoz Magazine

A first feature on Juxtapoz Magazine's website. Absolutely stoked to have some of my new works be featured by a magazine that I look forward to every time I visit Barnes & Nobles or a magazine stand. Many thanks to Juxtapoz and Thinkspace for making this real. Hooray! 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

After Midnight | Solo Exhibition at Thinkspace

After Midnight | Postcard

Show card for After Midnight is out!

Thinkspace is pleased to present new work by Los Angeles based artist and illustrator Jolene Lai. Born and raised in Singapore, Lai’s work unveils an empathetic co-mingling of whimsy and melancholy by tenderly excavating the affective landscapes of happiness and heartbreak, history and contemporaneity. Lai works from a personal wealth of imagination, and an idiosyncratic re-interpretation of cultural narrative. Drawing loosely from traditional Chinese myth and apocryphal anecdotes, and using her personal experiences to re-define this inheritance with irony and wit, Lai’s work offers sensitivity and an uncanny depth. The artist’s paintings are both beautiful and alienating, familiar and other, as she combines thematic polarities and narratives into new spaces, stories, and worlds.

Lai’s work is technically breathtaking and detailed. Working with oil on canvas, or mixed media on watercolor paper, she combines illustrative and graphic elegance with a hyperreal painting style. Inspired by fairytale and story, her characters inhabit worlds of her own devise; at times playful and at others dark. The work’s whimsy and lightness is tempered by the inclusion of powerful juxtapositions, often staging the surreal against the starkness of reality. The artist’s interest in this co-existence of light and dark, play and revelation, reality and fantasy, result in the exquisite tensions of her imagery. The absurd is often coupled with tender punctuations and revealing pathos, while melancholic themes are softened by unexpected humor. Her compositions incorporate intricate traces of pattern and design which allow her to artfully re-invent familiar spaces, transforming the “known” into something entirely new and visionary. The viewer is left with a feeling of having entered a beautiful world at once distant and strangely near.

— by Marieke Treilhard

View Facebook event for After Midnight.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

WIPS for After Midnight (Part II)

The Ride



Parallel Planes


Here're a few more snapshots of work in progresses for After Midnight. This series of work will showcase oil paintings closely related with the weird and spooky borrowed from stories and movies I grew up with. Exhibition opens on Saturday, May 4th at Thinkspace. Stay tune for more updates of After Midnight.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

WIPs for After Midnight

After Midnight

After Midnight

Mr Quag

Mr Clark

Some work in progress shots of works that I am producing for After Midnight, an upcoming show this May that will be happening at Thinkspace. Stay tune for more information about the exhibition.

Saturday, March 9, 2013