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