Spotted! Yeo Tze Yang

“I rediscover the nuances of beauty in my own all too familiar home through painting in situ, spending hours on important things that pass by me in everyday life.”

Yeo Tze Yang sees beauty in Singapore life, and for his recent series he has chosen to capture serene atmospheres each with their own narrative playing quietly out in his immediate surroundings. The result is charming.

Tze Yang states: “My works are painted from observation. I make ‘self portraits’, not of myself but of the things that made me the person I am  today. They include the mundane and unremarkable places, people and things that are part of my unsensational everyday life. Despite attempts to make my work objective, the result is often the opposite: emotional and sentimental.”

Tze Yang graduated from National Junior College in 2012 with top scores in Art. His work has been exhibited at LASALLE College of the Arts, the Goodman Arts Centre and Kult Gallery.


CNY: Read This by BooksActually

The Beating & Other Stories by Dave Chua. Objects of Affection by Krishna Udayasankar. Balik Kampung 2B: Contemplations edited by Verena Tay. Between Stations by Boey Kim Cheng. Love, Or Something Like Love by O Thiam Chin. Balik Kampung 2A: People and Places edited by Verena Tay. From the Belly of the Cat edited by Stephanie Ye. After You by Cyril Wong.

If you’re as antisocial as we can be during CNY visits, you’ll probably spend a good deal of your time in a corner reading a book.

And if anyone knows about books it’s BooksActually‘s Kenny Leck. So with the above in mind he got down to the serious business of selecting eight local titles for us.

Hope you like them too!


minimArt5.0 : a young artists’ showcase

(from the Press Release)

Into its 5th installment, minimART is a platform dedicated to young contemporary artists, to showcase original fine art works ranging from paintings, sculptures, photography, installation, performance and other forms of contemporary practices.

minimART will showcase local artists’ works in response to an open call to transform a 1m x 1m x 3m space into a contemporary art. It is a representation on how the younger generation of local artists interpret and express contemporary ideas and issues through art. Themes explored by the artists cover aesthetic expression to conceptual ideas.

Visitors to minimART are welcome to offer their thoughts to exhibiting artists, all of whom will be present at their respective booths in this mini market style art show.

It is also a chance for visitors to collect works by up-and-coming artists. Works are priced below $1000.

You can sponsor an artist and get an artwork in return. Find out more here.

25 January, 2 – 8pm and 26 January, 12 – 6pm at The Substation Gallery, 45 Armenian Street. Admission is free.


Spotted! Lay Hoon aka Arty Guava

Using watercolour, poster, ink and oil, artist/illustrator Lay Hoon creates beautifully rendered paintings that evoke a sense of happiness and positivity. Apart from her amazing skills, what clinched it for me was the name of her blog – Arty Guava – inspired by the girl’s guava addiction.


Spotted! Ang Qing Sheng

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Qing Sheng had us well and truly enchanted with his final year project, “Affinity: Our Song“, a music video with original music written by Joy Woong and Joanne Jeow and arranged by  Moon Chew.

In the meantime the MV made the rounds of various festivals including the 7th Kinofest (Romania), the Golden Orchid International Animation Festival 2013 (Pennsylvania) and the 3rd Animax Skopje Animation Festival (Macedonia). They also bagged Best Artist Award at the 15th TBS Digicon6.

Qing Sheng about his video: “Affinity: Our Song” is a music video for an original chinese song entitled “Affinity” inspired by Japanese aesthetics, Taiwanese MTVs, and local places that were close to our heart. The music video features a story of a person who waits and the person whom he is waiting for, and whether affinity can bring these two people back together again.”

Aspiring animation filmmaker Qing Sheng graduated from NTU School of Art, Design & Media in 2013 with a BFA in Digital Animation and has achieved first class honors for his degree as well as the dean’s list award for two consecutive years. He is now teaching in LASALLE’s Animation programme.


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