A Duad in Play: Francis Ng & Ronald Ventura

A Duad In Play is an event that encourages a fascinating artistic solidarity between two different creative minds, allowing two artists to produce a gemini of works that will exemplify an effort of cooperative creativity.

The exhibition will present new works by two artistic giants, using a common playground to congregate their practices, challenge the boundaries, while remaining true to their works.

Francis Ng and Ronald Ventura will express their thoughts on “play and playthings”, posing their artwork as a response to the other, forming a dialogue between their works, whilst using their own respective language of art.

This evening, at ICA Gallery 1, Unit B1-04, LASALLE College of the Arts, at 7pm.

About the Artists

Francis Ng
Ng Teck Yong Francis is a multi-disciplinary artist born in 1975 in Singapore . Since completing his Bachelor of Arts degree with Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT) Australia in 2001 and Master of Fine Art degree in 2004, Francis made headlines when he became the first Singaporean to win the grand prize at the Philip Morris Group of Companies Asean Art Awards in 2002. He has also won the 2002/2003 JCCI (Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Singapore) Arts Award, the 2003 President’s Young Talent Award, the Photography category of the UOB Painting of the Year competition 2004 and, the 2004/2005 IDC-Design Excellence (Service Industry) Distinction Award. In 2003, Francis was chosen to represent Singapore at the prestigious 50th Venice Biennale (Biennale di Venezia). He has also represented the country in the 5th Gwangju Biennale in South Korea.

Ronald Ventura
Born in 1973, Ronald Ventura studied painting in the Philippines College of Architecture and Fine Arts, University of Santo Tomas , Manila , where he also taught.  Ronald Ventura was conferred with the Cultural Center of the Philippines Thirteen Artists Award and in 2005, and was one of the 3 winners of the Ateneo Art Awards, a contemporary art prize bestowed on young Filipino visual artists. He was also the inaugural recipient of the Ateneo Art Gallery Sydney Studio Residency Grant, exhibiting at the Cross Art Projects, Sydney, Australia in November 2005. Ventura ’s reputation is said to have since sky-rocketed after his much talked about Mapping The Corporeal exhibition at the NUS Museum, which was a parallel event to the Singapore Biennale in 2008, and exemplified Ventura¹s artistic virtuosity. His works have since appeared in the Prague Biennale 2009, and later appearing in a book entitled Post Tsunami Art by Primo Marella, in Milan, in 2009.

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