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The spirit of the east

The spirit of the east
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On that note, it is incontestably indicative that twenty-two reputable, senior artists from the Singapore Art Society (of Singapore) are collaborating with Art Spice Gallery in the capital city of India, in this intriguing, large-scale exhibition.

Supported by prestigious names like Singapore Airlines, Singapore Embassy, Singapore Tourism Board, luxury car, Mercedes-Benz and a premium magazine, The Ideal Home and Garden; this is a stupendous collaboration that proves to be a monumental cultural exchange between magnificent India and the industrious Lion City.

In this exhibition, the 22 Singaporean artists, each with a unique style of paintings, are representatives of the ‘Nanyang’ spirit. The term 'Nanyang' is often used to denote the idea of a regional identity and culture for the overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia.  In it, ‘Nanyang’ artists express their personal unique painting styles in their artworks, often through a blend of multiple stylistic techniques of the East and West, resulting in a varied body of works unified by their focus on Southeast Asian subjects.

Having grown up in Singapore during the developmental period, some of these artists have experienced the tensions between tradition and modernity, enabling them to incorporate these elements into their painting styles. Such is the essence of the ‘Nanyang’ spirit.Conquering the gap between traditional Chinese and Western influence, these iconic artists have brought the ‘Nanyang’ spirit into their art development, and has also achieved acclaim for their artistic excellence within the international art market.

Thus, the remarkable collection of art in this exhibition is an engaging voyage into Singapore, with paintings and drawings that re-create multiculturalism, wherein, one cannot help but be fascinated by the incredible ease at which the nation embraces numerous ethnicities and related physical spaces, such as its very own Little India and Chinatown.

Apart from Terence Teo Chin Keong (the current President of the Singapore Art Society), the other esteemed artists of the exhibition are Chan Chang How, Lim Choon Jin, P. Gnana, Low Puay Hua, Dr Ho Kah Leong, Wang Fei, Cheng Yoke Khoon, Seah Kang Chui, Koeh Sia Yong, Chiew Swee Fah, Eng Siak Loy, Lee Choon Kee, Ang Hiong Chiok, Wong Hai and Anne Lim Geok Kuan.

WHEN: 12 to 21 March
WHERE: Art Spice Gallery, Metropolitan Hotel
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